Mary Kay and Cult Thinking

How cults exercise control over the way their members think… and how Mary Kay might be similar. Cult expert Steven Hassan, author of Combating Cult Mind Control, provides lots of information about cults. He is a former cult member as well as a certified counselor. Cults exercise four distinct types …

Comparing Mary Kay to a Cult

This part of our cult series compares Mary Kay to cults with a Cult Checklist from the International Cultic Studies Association. Does Mary Kay fit the bill? “The following list of social-structural, social-psychological, and interpersonal behavioral patterns commonly found in cultic environments may be helpful in assessing a particular group …

Mary Kay and Cults

Mary Kay has often been described as a cult, or as having cult-like characteristics. This is the first of a 3 part series exploring the cult issue. Is Mary Kay a cult? No. Does it have many things in common with cults? Yes! The fact that Mary Kay Inc. is …

Why Mary Kay Is Not “Dual Marketing”

Long ago, someone at Mary Kay Inc. came up with this silly idea of calling Mary Kay a “dual-level marketing” program. Apparently, they didn’t like the fact that the system the company uses is multi-level marketing (MLM) so they made up a new name that they try to differentiate from …

To Go To Seminar or To Stay Home

The Mary Kay sales directors and national sales directors will twist your arm to attend all the events…. Prior to joining Mary Kay, you’re told about all the money you’ll make, and how you’ll be able to stay home with your family. Then you start working, and it’s not happening. …