One truly awful development in the "self-improvement-cult" business was their seizing of some of the material from CBT or the cognitive therapy movement. Of course they pretended to be adopting it, when they even admitted to using it, for the benefit of their clients, but of course they twisted it into some bizarre second-rate counterfeit, as they had any legitimate "human-potential," motivational, therapeutic, psychological, spiritual, influence, or even sales material they co-opted. This is a shame because anyone who might have benefitted from the development of the newer psychotherapeutic practices was side-tracked into the cult-version if they were involved in one of these groups.
I posted here a long time ago about this, but my former psychotherapist (who practiced CBT) was a Landmark introduction leader. I imagine that they probably snared her with the superficial trappings of CBT that they promote to lend credibility to the fluff upon which their ideological foundation is composed. As I learned the hard way, it seems that educated people tend to be [i:c6d7745282]more[/i:c6d7745282] susceptible to these groups, who manipulate their junk science, junk philosophy, and junk psychology to present an attractive, pseudo-intellectual product that appeals in particular to white collar professionals looking for meaning and answers in their busy lives.
My therapist encouraged me periodically to go to Landmark seminars and knew my boss, another Landmark introduction leader (she gave me her number when we spent a session discussing my unsuccessful job hunt). It was my boss who convinced me to attend one of the introduction meetings on a Wednesday night, and when I sniffed out the pervasive ideological rat that is Landmark education/"est", I began to recognize the Landmarkian jargon that had slipped into my CBT sessions. The more research I did (and the more posts I read here), the more appalled I was by how many doctors, therapists, surgeons, etc. are trying to peddle their skeevy LGAT wares on unsuspecting patients.
I finally left my therapist when my husband and I relocated, but the last thing she said to me was that I should continue my journey with Landmark. I smiled politely and left, knowing full well that I would never do any such thing. I would never say that my experience with her was an entirely negative one, because she certainly did employ genuine CBT that helped me to overcome some pretty debilitating panic attacks. However, it was a long time before I sifted out the filler from the actual meat.
Luckily, I have resolved the anxiety-related issues that first propelled me to pursue psychotherapy. After that whole experience, it would be very hard for me to trust another therapist entirely.