for Assessing A Group
Positive Characterizes found in Healthy Groups
is flexibility and responsiveness to the needs of the attendees.
members are encouraged (but not pressured) to participate, but not to
sharing is at a personal level.
attend regularly and are committed to their healing.
members are open to self-evaluation of the process and how the group is
group has clarity of purpose.
or emotional exploitation is not accepted as part of the norm.
members coalesce to protect the group from exploitation or abuse of its
members within the group.
are regarded as whole individuals.
are not coerced into staying if they desire to leave.
is a defined process or norm for dealing with conflict.
group has a sense of humor about itself.
group does not stay frozen in form.
or Limiting Characteristics found in Unhealthy Groups:
Group discourages or blocks outside involvement.
group limits or discourages access to reading materials or other forms of
of dissension is punished, squelched or strongly discouraged.
group becomes grandiose in its self-definition – “Ours is the only way”.
get locked into stereotyped roles.
group becomes paranoid about outsiders or those who question the norm.
talk like robots.
jargon predominates in conversations.
group exerts pressure on people to stay.
use the group for sexual needs.
group is unable to reflect on itself, its history, or its values from a
From the book Many
Roads, One Journey by Charlotte Kasl.
A more detailed discussion is available on pages 292 – 297 of the
Also helpful is the Advanced Bonewits Cult Danger
Evaluation Frame (version 2.6).
This is found at http://www.witchvox.com/basics/cultaware.html.