Mary Kay Seminar and Cults

Written by The Scribbler Every time I review a Mary Kay training document covering the do’s, don’ts, and you-darned-well-better’s of Seminar, I have to go draw a hot bath and pop two 800mg ibuprofen.  Most of the Seminar guidance put forth by Mary Kay’s leaders reads like Bible prose:  “Yea, …

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 …