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In Releasing the Bonds: Empowering People to Think for Themselves cult counselor Steven Hassan describes his "BITE model" stating that it is not necessary for every item to be present:

Behavior Control

Information Control

Thought Control

Emotional Control

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Internal Control: Amount of internal political and social power exercised by leader(s) over members; lack of clearly defined organizational rights for members.        

External Control: Amount of external political and social influence desired or obtained; emphasis on directing members’ external political and social behavior.        

Wisdom/Knowledge Claimed by leader(s); amount of infallibility declared or implied about decisions or doctrinal/scriptural interpretations; number and degree of unverified and/or unverifiable credentials claimed.        

Wisdom/Knowledge Credited to leader(s) by members; amount of trust in decisions or doctrinal/scriptural interpretations made by leader(s); amount of hostility by members towards internal or external critics and/or towards verification efforts.    

Dogma: Rigidity of reality concepts taught; amount of doctrinal inflexibility or “fundamentalism;” hostility towards relativism and situationalism.        

Recruiting: Emphasis put on attracting new members; amount of proselytizing; requirement for all members to bring in new ones.         

Front Groups: Number of subsidiary groups using different names from that of main group, especially when connections are hidden.         

Wealth: Amount of money and/or property desired or obtained by group; emphasis on members’ donations; economic lifestyle of leader(s) compared to ordinary members.        

Sexual Manipulation of members by leader(s) of non-tantric groups; amount of control exercised over sexuality of members in terms of sexual orientation, behavior, and/or choice of partners.        

Sexual Favoritism: Advancement or preferential treatment dependent upon sexual activity with the leader(s) of non-tantric groups.        

Censorship: Amount of control over members’ access to outside opinions on group, its doctrines or leader(s).        

Isolation: Amount of effort to keep members from communicating with non-members, including family, friends and lovers.    

Dropout Control: Intensity of efforts directed at preventing or returning dropouts.        

Violence: Amount of approval when used by or for the group, its doctrines or leader(s).    

Paranoia: Amount of fear concerning real or imagined enemies; exaggeration of perceived power of opponents; prevalence of conspiracy theories.

Surrender of Will: Amount of emphasis on members not having to be responsible for personal decisions; degree of individual disempowerment created by the group, its doctrines or its leader(s).    

Hypocrisy: amount of approval for actions which the group officially considers immoral or unethical, when done by or for the group, its doctrines or leader(s); willingness to violate the group’s declared principles for political, psychological, social, economic, military, or other gain.