wanted to drop this into the thread...
notice how Carol Skolnick, and others who promote The Work often say...its like Cognitive Therapy?
That is a salespitch one can see in many blogs promoting The Work, its a marketing strategy, trying to associate itself with CT.
First off, The Work has nothing to do with CT. Nothing.
The first part of the 4 Questions are if anything, just basic Epistemology.
"epistemology is the study of knowledge and justified belief".
That is, how do you know if something is true? That is the first step of philosophy and science.
Its what happen's next with The Work that goes off the rails.
The Work goes completely haywire from that point in...on purpose, that's how its designed.
Then the Turnaround, is not Cognitive Therapy either. A "Turnaround" in CT would be called Polarized Thinking, or Black/White Thinking, which is the #1 Cognitive Distortion.
Definitions of Cognitive Distortions
1. ALL-OR-NOTHING THINKING: You see things in black and white categories.
So The Work has nothing to do with Cognitive Therapy, or legit epistemology, its an extreme perversion of epistemology right after the first question.
The Work is deliberately designed to grab hold of human beings basic structure of determining "reality" so it can be literally reprogrammed. And Byron Katie put it into a "package" that she "gives away". Again, its like fishermen "giving away" a worm to fish, on the end of a hook. Its bait.
But here is the kicker.
They run around saying The Work is like CT.
But look at the Disclaimer on the website of Carol Skolnick, for example. That is what really counts.
Forget the advertising propaganda and blogpropaganda...read the facts excerpted below for analysis.
Notice how they say The Work is NOT therapy, at the exact same time they get people to say its like cognitive therapy? See the deliberate word trickery?
They don't promise any results whatsoever, and admit they have no training in these areas. (meanwhile they advertise constantly with anecdotes about "results"). More legalistic word trickery.
Notice that she does NOT even endorse Byron Katie!! Its there in black and white.
Also, they can RECORD and PUBLISH your voice from the live teleclasses, and sell it on a CD, or put it on the internet.
And if you get harmed... TOUGH NUTS for you, you are on your own. Welcome to reality.
Notice how BK and her people never accept responsibilty for anything, and put it all on you?
How many people read these disclaimers? 1%?
Someone should ask those who put these massive Disclaimers about The Work out there...
lets try it...in regard to the Disclaimers about The Work
1. Is it true? YES.
2. Can you absolutely know that it's true? BECAUSE EVERY WEBSITE IS FULL OF DISCLAIMERS SAYING THE WORK DOES NOT WORK AND IT IF HARMS YOU ITS YOUR FAULT SO GET STUFFED.
3. How do you react when you believe that thought? AVOID BYRON KATIE LIKE THE PLAGUE.
4. Who would you be without the thought? YOU WOULD HAVE TO BE AN UTTER FOOL TO DISCLAIM A DISLAIMER
Answer: YES, the disclaimers are true. So don't do The Work.
Someone in the media should do a live on-air interview with these folks, and then ask them the 4 Questions about their Disclaimers. Then you will see what is really "true".
Welcome to reality, the real reality.
(excerpt of Disclaimer for educational research and analysis. See link below for full Disclaimer)
Disclaimers and Policies
Clear Life Solutions offers instruction in and facilitation of a self-directed inquiry process, based on The Work of Byron Katie. Please be advised that Carol Skolnick, d.b.a. Clear Life Solutions, does not offer psychotherapy, is not staffed with licensed therapists nor do its principals or employees have approved psychological or other therapeutic training. The Work is not a substitute for the treatment of mental health or medical conditions and is undertaken at your own risk.
Disclaimer of Liability
The information and opinions offered during consultations with Carol L. Skolnick and expressed on her websites are accepted at your sole discretion and entirely at your own risk. By voluntarily undertaking such risk, you hereby release Carol L. Skolnick, Clear Life Solutions, its agents and employees from any and all claims, actions, damages, obligations or liabilities based upon any acts or omissions in connection with the information or processes provided herein. We make no promises or guarantees regarding the outcome of the situations for which you have sought our services.
Disclaimer of Endorsement
Carol L. Skolnick, owner of clearlifesolutions.com and d.b.a. Clear Life Solutions, our agents and employees are not employees of TheWork.com, The Work Foundation, Inc., Byron Katie International or with their founder Byron Kathleen Mitchell, citing them herein as informational sources, with all due acknowledgment, for the convenience of our clients. As such we are exempt from any and all claims, actions, damages, obligations or liabilities based upon any acts or omissions in connection with said companies, websites and individuals. We are not responsible for the content, opinions, or advice expressed by Byron Katie and her agents. Linking to Byron Katie's websites does not constitute or imply endorsement of her products and services and assumes no liability for or related to any actions between our clients and readership and Byron Katie and her organization.
Telephone Recording Policy
Speaking up during our live teleclasses serves as your authorization and release for Clear Life Solutions to record and use all class recordings for publication in electronic form, on CDs, and on our website. You're welcome to participate without giving your name, if you prefer.
Edited 2 time(s). Last edit at 01/13/2009 01:19AM by The Anticult.