There are some people who love to give their all when they are into something. It’s great when it’s for their personal gain and growth, but these people can become a target of cults. Cambridge Dictionary defines a cult as “a system of religious belief, esp. one not recognized as an established religion, or the people who worship according to such a system of belief.” 

There are certain traits that signify a group of people to be a cult. These signs include pressure to join, having a leader, being a closed group, brainwashing, using other members for financial gain, and intimidation with the thought that one cannot leave the cult. 

One user from Reddit asked people “What feels like a cult, and is in fact a cult?” and received almost 30k replies. It included various people, brands, and groups that showed traits of a cult. 

What do you find to be a cult? Don’t forget to leave your thoughts in the comments down below!

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#1

People In This Online Group Name 30 Brands And Organizations That Not Everyone Recognizes Are A Cult Trump

jalfredproofrock , Michael Vadon Report

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2 months ago

The most un-American people in our country. An entire party of "me me me." They don't want to help anyone and they also don't want anyone else to help anyone either. They claim welfare but they don't want it for anyone else. And they can't keep their noses out of our GD private parts! The Trump Trash are truly the embarrassment of our entire country.

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#2

People In This Online Group Name 30 Brands And Organizations That Not Everyone Recognizes Are A Cult Scientology.

-null , Scientology Media Report

Ben Moss
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2 months ago

Well, duh

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#3

People In This Online Group Name 30 Brands And Organizations That Not Everyone Recognizes Are A Cult Qanon.

heathers1 , Anthony Crider Report

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2 months ago

Now these people should be committed to a mental institution and we all know it.

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#4

People In This Online Group Name 30 Brands And Organizations That Not Everyone Recognizes Are A Cult Westboro Baptist Church.

itslandonb , Americasroof Report

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2 months ago

Which has absolutely nothing to do with God.

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#5

People In This Online Group Name 30 Brands And Organizations That Not Everyone Recognizes Are A Cult Whatever the Duggers are. Creepiest bunch I’ve ever seen.

MackeralSky , Jim Bob Duggar Report

Leo Domitrix
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2 months ago

"Quiverfull" is their group ----- Christianizing (?!?!) the world by having a billion children who live by the Bible unless it's inconvenient.

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#6

People In This Online Group Name 30 Brands And Organizations That Not Everyone Recognizes Are A Cult Within the cancer community there’s a political group who have all read (probably) Chris Beat Cancer and it’s a b******t book telling you you can cure cancer by changing your diet. Sugar is the main villain. You can fight me all you want but SUGAR DOES NOT CAUSE CANCER. Listen to your oncology approved dietician and get the f**k off Facebook.

Just this past weekend I had lunch with my friend’s dad who is also terminal and his wife has banned him from sugar because of this b******t. The dude is dying and he’s not even allowed to enjoy himself in moderation. Because she heard about it on Facebook.

chemo brain often forgets the huge difference between nutritionist and dietitian. Sorry, my bad.

Please listen to the cancer patient in your life and what they want. Do they want to change their diet? Absolutely go for it but make sure they’re getting the right nutrition from a qualified professional. Do what they want. You actually have no idea. We really need to shift our current state of cancer care to a more palliative (NOT hospice, big distinction) model. A cancer patient that is as relatively happy as can be has the potential to increase their outcome. And finally DONATE BLOOD and sign up for bethematch.org WE NEED YOU!!

Ghostytoastboast , Jovan Gulan Report

A girl
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2 months ago

Personally, if I turn up stage 4, not only will I give up nothing but I may take up a few things.

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#7

People In This Online Group Name 30 Brands And Organizations That Not Everyone Recognizes Are A Cult People who are way too invested in the college they attended.

Luluco15 , Steve Burns Report

Requiem
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2 months ago

College football, and fraternities

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#8

People In This Online Group Name 30 Brands And Organizations That Not Everyone Recognizes Are A Cult Gwenyth Paltrow's GOOP.

viktorir , gwynethpaltrow Report

Kona Pake
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2 months ago

She’s an actress and a celebrity, would she lie to you?

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#9

People In This Online Group Name 30 Brands And Organizations That Not Everyone Recognizes Are A Cult Jehovah’s Witnesses.

AstroEngineer3145 , Michael Sprague Report

R Carson
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2 months ago

Annoying door knockers. I had to call "kingdom Hall" and tell them to cease and desist when they wouldn't leave me alone.

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#10

People In This Online Group Name 30 Brands And Organizations That Not Everyone Recognizes Are A Cult Workplaces that tout "we are a family"

i seen too many people fall into that and get ostracized by the "family"

landob , Jason Pratt Report

sturmwesen
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2 months ago

This is a red flag for me... often it means additional pressure and/or a lot of private networks and rumors/feuds.

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#11

People In This Online Group Name 30 Brands And Organizations That Not Everyone Recognizes Are A Cult Mom run community Facebook pages. Some of these moms gotta be stopped on the real.

geraldcubed , Dan Harrelson Report

DUN DUN
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2 months ago

Especially the anti-vaxer mom groups *shudders*

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#12

People In This Online Group Name 30 Brands And Organizations That Not Everyone Recognizes Are A Cult All of these "nutrition" places with their loaded teas, are just a front for Herbalife.

NO_Cheeto_in_Chief , Philafrenzy Report

R Carson
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2 months ago

Is it like the Amway religion?

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#13

People In This Online Group Name 30 Brands And Organizations That Not Everyone Recognizes Are A Cult MLMs but especially Mary Kay. I went to a convention once as the guest of a consultant because she was trying to get me to join. It was very stepford. Also, she didn't tell me you were expected to dress up so I showed up in jeans and a hoodie.

Hollywood899 , Geraldshields11 Report

Zedrapazia
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2 months ago

What is this?

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#14

People In This Online Group Name 30 Brands And Organizations That Not Everyone Recognizes Are A Cult Brand loyalist... Iproduct people are scary.

fluffywolf86 , Sean MacEntee Report

Mina
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2 months ago

Let's just name it: Apple. They'll come up with something "innovative" but people who only buy that brand don't realize how this "innovation" has already been done by others. You put it right in front, show them proof, and they'll tell you straight to your face that Apple was the first to do it. Read the fine print friends, you'll find a disclaimer pretty much saying this is a first for Apple, not for the world.

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#15

People In This Online Group Name 30 Brands And Organizations That Not Everyone Recognizes Are A Cult The Prosperity Gospel.

purplelikeme , Iglesia en Valladolid Report

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2 months ago

"Give your money to God, but send it to me! "

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#16

People In This Online Group Name 30 Brands And Organizations That Not Everyone Recognizes Are A Cult As somebody who lives in Florida, people obsessed with Disney.

Mantequi11a , Dave Hogg Report

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2 months ago

My condolences on living in Florida these days.

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#17

People In This Online Group Name 30 Brands And Organizations That Not Everyone Recognizes Are A Cult I don't quite know how to explain in, but once a fandom reaches a certain point, it's almost embarrassing to admit that you like the show/movie/book/etc because you automatically get lumped in with the super cringe and toxic portion.

BillyeBro , Dan Russell Report

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2 months ago

BTS fans.

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#18

People In This Online Group Name 30 Brands And Organizations That Not Everyone Recognizes Are A Cult The “Entrepreneur” Lifestyle. Many people are encouraged to put aside pleasures of life in the tiniest hope that if they just “grind” hard enough they’ll be billionaires.

Oh also, while caring a lot about your money and how you spend it, buy my $500 plan to help you make money faster.

Gmony5100 , Kaila Yu Report

Kona Pake
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2 months ago

Better yet, go to the library and borrow the book.

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#19

People In This Online Group Name 30 Brands And Organizations That Not Everyone Recognizes Are A Cult Genuine love of a single politician. Yes, maybe this person is legitimately good, or is doing positive things in certain areas and perhaps negative things in other areas. It’s largely subjective. If it weren’t, most countries’ citizens would just be happy.

But listen, if “this” person is the best and we’re going to harp on about it forever, and in the reverse harping on hating said person forever, then you’ve got yourself a cult.

If you love a politician, you’re an embarrassment. They’re certainly not as perfect as you think. We can acknowledge those imperfections and vote based on policy, but making a single one of them out to be perfect (or imperfect) means you’ve just chosen a side and you’re likely not even going to try to open yourself up to altering opinions.

WillieJMR , CT Senate Democrats Report

Requiem
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2 months ago

Politicians shouldnt be treated like celebrities. They have a job to do

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People In This Online Group Name 30 Brands And Organizations That Not Everyone Recognizes Are A Cult Working at In-N-Out was a bizarre experience I would liken unto a cult.

They damn near worship the owner Lynsi too, when I went to the company picnics she would perform on stage dancing, once she did this weird sexy aerial dance in a floating cube. And the associates go CRAZY for her. Like, nuts. One of my coworkers and I were sitting there so uncomfortable while everyone screamed and grabbed at her like she was the damn Messiah, literally snot crying over not getting a t-shirt signed by her. Like… that is the billionaire heiress who employs you, not f*****g Beyoncé.

Then of course all the in-n-out culture, like the specific language you have to use (not just with customers, with each other too), the extreme Christian standards… it was nuts and after working elsewhere (it was my first restaurant job when I was in HS until last year) I realized exactly how culty the whole company is

sweetiepotpie , Keith Paredes Report

Faster, Pussycat! Kill! Kill!
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2 months ago

Wow. I had no idea.

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#21

People In This Online Group Name 30 Brands And Organizations That Not Everyone Recognizes Are A Cult Crossfit

HerodotusStark , Big Titan Report

Leo Domitrix
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2 months ago

I've heard four different physical therapists extol Crossfit.... b/c it means they always have people coming in for physical therapy (hips, backs, knees especially).

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#22

People In This Online Group Name 30 Brands And Organizations That Not Everyone Recognizes Are A Cult Silicon Valley tech companies are not a cult.

However, there is a subculture within Silicon Valley tech companies that is a cult.

Here are some things to watch out for:

Sleep deprivation. If your team wants you to do overnight oncall, and overnight pages happen more often than once every seven oncall shifts, your team is a cult.

Training vs. guilt. If your team assumes that you already know all the details of the tech you work with, and dumps weird guilt on you when you don't know an obscure fact, your team is a cult.

Rich lifestyle vs. actual returns. If your team encourage you to pick up expensive hobbies (sports cars, piloting, ski trips), but the company doesn't actually pay enough to afford them without skimping on your regular expenses, your team is a cult

fubo , Patrick Nouhailler Report

Azure Adams
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2 months ago

silicon valley in general is a cult

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People In This Online Group Name 30 Brands And Organizations That Not Everyone Recognizes Are A Cult NXIVM. All hail Vanguard, and pass the branding iron!

SybianOwner , HBO Report

May
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2 months ago

That's a literal cult - isn't this supposed to be 'things that seem like cult?'

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#24

People In This Online Group Name 30 Brands And Organizations That Not Everyone Recognizes Are A Cult YOU can find my dads skull and bones Yale picture on my submission somewhere. He is so secretive about it. Feels like a cult. He was one of the few black men.

DownvoteDaemon , stepnout Report

Olesia Kovalenko
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2 months ago

Your dad getting into Yale is a success story, you getting into Yale is called nepotism. So many children get into ivy league schools through nepotism while kids who deserve those places can't because the class is already full. I hate nepotism. That doesn't mean the author didn't deserve to study there, I don't know them, it's how 70% of students get to attend.

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#25

People In This Online Group Name 30 Brands And Organizations That Not Everyone Recognizes Are A Cult Primerica. Worst cult vibes ever.

A**Muffins69 , Primerica, Inc. Report

Guy MacGregor
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2 months ago

Never heard of it

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#26

People In This Online Group Name 30 Brands And Organizations That Not Everyone Recognizes Are A Cult Country Clubs

scootyums , Dan Perry Report

Rench
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2 months ago

Not a cult, just a place for rich white guys

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#27

People In This Online Group Name 30 Brands And Organizations That Not Everyone Recognizes Are A Cult Alabama fans.

North-Technician , Chris Breeze Report

Spittnimage
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2 months ago

Roll Tide.

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#28

People In This Online Group Name 30 Brands And Organizations That Not Everyone Recognizes Are A Cult Boarding schools for “troubled teens”.

_Tal , EaglebrookSchool Report

Don't Look
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2 months ago

Not going to call those a cult.

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#29

People In This Online Group Name 30 Brands And Organizations That Not Everyone Recognizes Are A Cult Those Shen Yun performances that are overly advertised every year. Turns out they're directly tied to Falun Gong.

greyghost5000 , Paulinaviolist Report

Truth Monster
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2 months ago

So I took a look at Falun Gong on Wikipedia, and it seems to be a pretty tame religion. What makes Falun Gong a cult?

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People In This Online Group Name 30 Brands And Organizations That Not Everyone Recognizes Are A Cult Chief's Mess in the US Navy, which comes complete with "initiation", something no other branch (enlisted or officer) has and that this somehow forms an eternal bond of "blood by family", that includes eating food out of trash cans and sabotaging uniforms for the "greater lesson".

Then "private" meetings that have grey areas/secrets of what happens in those meetings. Specifically anything related to punishments or review boards.

The fact that it takes two chiefs talking behind closed doors to get anything accomplished is also proof. People notice, though it's implied that it's not noticed.

DarkJester89 , Commander, U.S. Naval Forces Europe-Africa/U.S. 6th Fleet Report

Bobby
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2 months ago

In my experience it taking "two chiefs talking" to make something happen is because chiefs are concidered the subject matter experts in their related fields. Repair needs done on a steam powered generator? the chief in charge of the electrical division and the mechanical division need to hash out the logistics. Big command wide celebration? Supply chief and Mess hall chief get together for that. Officers are actually meant largely for administration, not the actual work. I would say chiefs are more like a club than a cult

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