its true in all of these LGAT seminars that they don't work on everyone. Its a numbers game, and they know it. They advertise widely, and it bounces off some people, some buy a book or two, while some others get deeply hooked into it.
Your friend was possibly a person who was not in too much pain in life, so The Work made her/him feel worse. The Work is ultimately all about creating more guilt in people, and self-blame, which is literally the foundation of depression. There is lots of evidence this is being done deliberately to people.
But BK targets people who are in serious SUFFERING, and there are a lot of people out there in desperate emotional pain. She advertises she can eliminate that pain, and eliminate suffering, which is obviously not true.
So for some people, certainly, they may just read a book, and think "this is weird" and that's it. Byron Katie understands that, she's a talented businessperson.
So its all about filtering. They cast a wide net, and hook a large group of people, and then that group gets refined over time.
The turning point is The School, which is the main LGAT indoctrination. Then it gets even worse from there, as one can see these "certified" facilitators who have gone through at least 800 hrs of BK for years! You see by the end of it, their entire life is dedicated to BK in some cases, just look at their websites, they are like shrines to BK. That is not an accident, its engineered into people.
So its true that most of the general public are not going to understand the advanced persuasion techniques being used by BK. They generally don't have the experience in that type of thing. But as you say, many people do trust their gut, and know when they are being "played".
But if one studies the BK method very carefully, as has been done here, you can see the advanced persuasion techniques being used on people.
Even the Ericksonian Hypnosis methods have been shown in detail, including using the exact same "cactus" metaphor from Erickson, in the suppressed book, A Cry In The Desert.
(Milton Erickson and Cactus therapy)
So BK is running a very sophisticated system, and there is no way her target audience is going to be able to see most of what she is doing without some intellectual study. Now of course, this is one of the reason's she tries to suppress her audience's intellect!
But why does BK do it? First off, as she admits, she has always been a successful entrepreneur.
But she also claims she was in terrible pain earlier in her life, which is probably true. So she got into all this new age self-help stuff, a Course In Miracles, and later more sophisticated persuasion stuff like the Ericksonian hypnotherapy, NLP, etc. (some of those details are in the banned book, A Cry In The Desert, which is available online to download as a PDF).
So as an entrepreneur, she realized she could make far more money being a New Age Guru, than working in real estate! And it also was great for her ego, to get treated like a superstar.
On the darker psychological level, she says she was sexually abused a child. She then says later things along the lines that she did it willingly, and other things I don't even want to repeat.
Of course, a child is never "willingly" sexually abused, as anyone in the field knows, they are groomed by an predatory adult, and its a crime.
The terrible thing, is BK clearly targets women who have also gone through that as children.
Then BK sells her "advice" on how to deal with sexual abuse to these people, and that "advice" is extremely damaging. She basically says to literally deny it ever happened, and since it happened you wanted it to happen, and sick things along those lines. Who is going to pick up the pieces of these people's lives when they come out of this years later? (if they make it that far).
Why do they have contracts they make people sign that have a "death clause" in them?
Notice how BK's "advice" about sexual abuse is the opposite to current treatments, where you have to determine the facts of what happened, and then realize it was NOT your fault in any way, as you were a child who was preyed upon by a predator? (then one continues in treatment progress, etc, when done by a licensed professional with experience).
So there is very serious BK pathology mixed in with all of the global entrepreneurship and advanced persuasion methods. Its all very predatory.
Edited 1 time(s). Last edit at 02/25/2009 04:28AM by The Anticult.