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Comment author: VAuroch 09 January 2017 04:49:10AM 8 points [-]

From Funereal-disease on tumblr, in a previous discussion: It is usually better to talk about "spiritual abuse" rather than "being a cult". It emphasizes that the techniques of successful cults are techniques of successful abusers, and is better at being something that happens to a greater or lesser degree; cult is more binary.

I might prefer "social abuse" or "community abuse" to make clear that non-religious forms are possible.