here's the crux of the entire Byron Katie issue.
The Work Questions, as presented, is not what its about. They are akin to a stage magician, who directs the audience attention to one area, while the trick happens in the other area. The Work, is primarily about directing and occupying people's conscious attention.
Its also serves as a checkmate, where any question or concern is directed back onto the subject.
But the most important aspect of the Byron Katie system, is obviously not The Work. The Work is at most 10% of what she is doing, that is why she "gives away" the questions, as its meant as the lure on the end of a hook. Every fisherman freely gives fish the bait on the end of the hook.
What's the rest?
It all comes down to influence.
What is that? Influence and persuasion, is the art of getting other people to do what you want them to do, and have them think its their own idea.
That has been studied for thousands of years, and in the last decades its risen to the level of a science.
That is her primary skill-set. Persuasion engineering, done in a subtle way that is almost invisible to most people.
How do they do it? All the ways described here, she uses all the techniques of social influence described by Cialdini [www.culteducation.com
] she uses many techniques of belief reform using Stories which are the foundation of belief. (the bibles of the world are all made up of Stories), she uses language reform, thought-reform methods, Ericksonian storytelling hypnotherapy and NLP methods, imagery and pictures, Eye-Gazing, information collecting, and literally dozens of other techniques, including sleep deprivation, food deprivation, kicking people out, group Shaming, various therapy techniques, and every LGAT sales technique and one-sided contract, in the book. The advertising page for the School for the Work has several dozen techniques right on that page.
So about 90% of what Byron Katie does is about invisible Influence, Persuasion Engineering. Most of it is invisible to most of her customers, some of it is brutally in your face, for effect.
In the RELEASE OF LIABILITY [forum.culteducation.com
] they use the word Voluntary - Voluntarily even twice in the same sentence.
The first real sentence in the contract is...
QUOTE: "My participation is voluntary".
Why do they open with that?
] "I acknowledge that I am voluntarily assuming all risks associated with my participation at The School and voluntarily agree to accept any and all risks of injury or death".
What a spine-chilling sentence that is. Why did they open with Voluntary, and then use it twice in regards to injury and death?
Obviously, they have run into some serious trouble previously.
Perhaps some people and their familes started coming after them, claiming their family member had been coerced and tricked into various contracts, duped into handing over family heirlooms, and engaging in behaviors they would never have done previously, and regret later. (this is also very common in every LGAT, where they push people into overexcited Manic states, and they do crazy things, like sign over huge assets to the LGAT, and then can't get out of the contract after the mania wears off).
Notice right after the information about the seminars started coming out, some of the connected BK supporters at Guruphiliac, all chimed in chanting..."its all voluntary, its all voluntary".
That is what mother told them to say.
Why? other than the obvious self-interest...
it clearly illustrates, that they know exactly what they are doing, and exactly what it does to people, including the harm.
They are engineering what appears to be "voluntary" consent into people, using all of these dozens of complex persuasion and influence techniques. They are using the most powerful influence and persuasion techniques ever known to man, many of them unconscious, on an audience who knows almost nothing about that subject. This is why it is so powerful on the target audience and demographic.
Later on, people come out of that exhausted altered psychological state they were in during the seminar period, and they REGRET what they did, and they don't know even know why they did it.
They also obviously know the serious harm being done to people. If you want to know what the harm is read the RELEASE [forum.culteducation.com
Also, there is a core current of recklessness and sociopathy running through this system, as has been mentioned many times before. One can see who that comes from. Many LGAT's use these same techniques, but not many take them all the way, as there are far too many risks to the seminar company owners.
but to the untrained eye, its Invisible Influence.
Even to the trained eye, its not always easy to see everything right away.
And this is why they need to create that confusion, that smokescreen and misdirection, otherwise it is not nearly as effective.
Invisible Influence, when not invisible, is not nearly as powerful.
Edited 2 time(s). Last edit at 04/07/2009 05:51PM by The Anticult.