Any so-called "therapist" who hooks people into Byron Katie and refers them to her dangerous LGAT seminar needs to be reported to their licensing committee. (if they have one).
Many so-called therapists are totally unregulated, and can be completely incompetent, or also running their own Byron Katie style "Life-Coaching" business, or be Mind-washed by Byron Katie themselves.
Byron Katie tries to say that what she does is not therapy, as she wants to avoid getting into trouble. But of course, behind closed doors they say it is therapy. They are very dishonest.
You are 100% correct that Byron Katie has DESIGNED her system to create self-blame. That has been documented in the other thread in great detail. That is precisely what Byron Katie does.
Meanwhile, Byron Katie does the opposite and NEVER accepts blame for anything, she always blames others. Its a tactic for BK to exercise her control.
BK's claims about her anger are outright lies. Bald-faced lies.
And her husband Stephen Mitchell tells the same bullshit with a straight-face.
Its simply another in a long line of tactics to make her people think she is Enlightened.
She is not.
Your analysis of Byron Katie is 100% correct. She is a disturbed person, who is highly intelligent, who deeply craves power, money, control, and worship from her followers. She must deeply crave that power-game she plays with people.
So no need to blame yourself! Actually, you have done terrifically, being able to see through what Byron Katie is doing. It takes years of training in these techniques to understand all of them, and Byron Katie is a world-class expert in group manpulation and covert influence.
For someone with training, you can see it instantly. But for the average person without training, its hard to see.
The self-blaming in the Byron Katie system is one of the most damaging aspects. Excessive self-blame creates depression and guilt, that is a fact of psychology.
There is appropriate self-responsibility, and unhealthy self-blame.
Notice how Byron Katie has designed it, so her followers take 100% of unhealthy self-blame and guilt for everything, while Byron Katie takes 0% of blame for anything?
That hooks people into a spiral of self-blame, depression and guilt, and then they get locked into the Byron Katie system for years, and even for L-I-F-E. That is what Byron Katie wants, lifers.
Make sure to read Janaki's blog abut Byron Katie, if its still available.
Byron Katie & Janaki [janakisstory.wordpress.com
Yes, Quackdave, my therapist taught me to do the Work.
I’m just now starting to realize how angry I feel with my therapist for the dangerous work we did with BK’s Work. Not only did he introduce me to the Work, we spent most of our weekly sessions addressing my issues and concerns by answering the 4 questions and doing the turnaround. The study group I joined was a 2 hour group ran by him that met once a week in the evenings that would normally be considered group therapy, but we applied the Work to our issues.
He was very supportive and gleeful when I went to the School, saying it was just what I needed. He had seen Katie speak locally just a few months before and was enamored of her. He recommended her other books to me. He flat out told me he thought she was “enlightened”. That was the exact word he used.
They taught you to do that really well at the School. I’m sure the idea is not new in mind control to get people to blame themselves, but I don’t know enough about them to speak of it. I know that what I experienced was a system perfectly designed to always turn everything back to yourself to keep the system intact. Meaning, you have a problem with BK or the School? It’s a projection of you and you need to do the Work. The system is designed in a way to allow no feedback or criticism of itself and always turn it back to the blamer, and then make the blamer take responsibility. The SYSTEM then is responsible for nothing, always perfect.
BK claims over and over that she’s never been angry, never had a negative emotion since 1986 or whenever. Yet I watched her get angry more than once. So there was a disconnect between her claims and the reality. The SYSTEM tells you that you are projecting YOUR anger onto her and it’s YOUR problem. See the perfection of keeping the system intact?
... Too many things wrong, and MY opinion was she was a twisted person who desired power, control, love and money.