Yes, the handshake induction is one that is famous in Ericksonian hypnosis and NLP circles.
Byron Katie does many of these techniques, its very obvious to those who have some training in this area. This is why Katie targets those she does, who have never heard of it.
For example, Byron Katie does another technique from Milton Erickson, where she "tilts her head" when she says certain phrases. You notice it, if you are looking. That is a type of Visual/Vocal "cue", when done over and over, it allows her to communicate with your Unconscious mind directly. So each time she "cocks her head" like she does, you could analyze what she says after that. It would be some type of direct unconscious communication, usually as a metaphor.
As far as that paper by Carol Skolnick, there were alo some comments earlier in the thread about that.
Going to Work Naked: My Journey to Byron Katie by Carol L. Skolnick
That article is clearly meant as a type of "Preframe" similar to the various blogs where Byron Katie has had people talk about "falling in LOVE with Katie at FIRST SIGHT".
You see, that is a pre-hypnotic Suggestion, done in advance, for the 10%-30% of people who can be hypnotized easily. It will become a self-fulfilling prophecy for them, if they buy into it.
As far as Carol Skolnick, its CLEAR she knows exactly what she is doing with her writings. She has been in the culty Guru game for a long time, as mentioned before. One only need search Google Groups [groups.google.com
] for Carol Skolnick, and stuff comes up about the Siddha-Yoga cult.
So that paper by Carol Skolnick is not some type of random Dear Diary entry...its a very carefully written Preframe for indoctrination into the Byron Katie group. There have even been posts on her blog that seem to refer to all of the problems, but its all done in a passive-aggressive metaphorical manner. So that is conscious. Its as plain as day.
The Bathroom Love-Bombing referred to in the article, I find very manipulative and highly distasteful. Again, similar to Byron Katie's recordings, they want to take you to a vulnerable place where you are literally "naked". Notice the title of the paper...Going to WORK NAKED. That is carefully written. Going to The Work Naked. (Katie uses the Naked metaphor a lot...guess why?).
Next thing you know, Carol Skolnick is hugging and kissing the Guru in the bathroom. Then Skolnick also puts in a bunch of Embedded Suggestions that Katie is Enlightened, has "no body" or whatever, and then she is "in her arms" and seems to allude to have an orgasm and being tossed back against the paper towel dispenser in the toilet...YES YES YES!!
Please don't let these people "screw" with your mind and emotions. Why always manipulate everyone? Why be so sleazy and manipulative 24/7?
Why not be honest? Why not be a decent, honest, ethical human?
Dr. Milton Erickson was an MD and a licensed hypnotherapist, and did great things, he was a genius. From all accounts he was highly ETHICAL and helped a lot of people, and he was also licensed, and registered, and you knew he was going to hypnotize you, as he was a licensed hypnotherapist! That was his job.
But sadly, there have been some people who have come along, and taken some of this ideas, and are now abusing them. Byron Katie is one of these people.
Byron Katie is not a registered or licensed psychotherapist, she is not a licensed hypnotherapist, she is not licensed to do anything like this. The only thing she can do is be a New Age Guru, and then use all these techniques in secret on people, and try to pretend she isn't.
Why is she unlicensed?
Because then she do do whatever she wants without any oversight, and she forces you to sign away your rights, as well.
If Byron Katie were licensed, she would have been put out of business long ago, as any licensed person can't put people into deep Trances, and then get them to hand over their wedding rings, plane tickets, expensive jewellery, etc. Anyone else would be disbarred for doing anything like that.
Its like plastic surgery.
You can go to a licensed, board certified plastic surgeon, and they can do a nice job for you, using advanced techology, lasers, and everything else.
You can go to Mexico, and get cut-up by an unlicensed plastic surgeon, who will use the same technology on you, scar you for life, damage you for life, give you a horrible infection that could go on for months, possibly cripple you, and maybe even cause your death. We see this in the papers weekly.
This is the metaphor for Dr. Milton Erickson versus Byron Katie .
Dr. Erickson was the trained, licensed MD and hypnotic surgeon, who could really help you. (he used the metaphor of being surgeon, that is where Byron Katie got the metaphor as well). Erickson would help people get better, get a job, get married, and send him a postcard!
Byron Katie is the unlicensed, untrained, back-alley hypnotic butcher who is going to cut you up, experiment on your mind, charge you 100x more than a proper professional would, and then charge you double and triple to come back over and over try to clean up the bloody, bleeding mess from her botched Soul Surgery hatchet-job, done without a license.
Edited 1 time(s). Last edit at 03/26/2008 03:57AM by The Anticult.