There is one single activity that Landmark carries out, that they should be shut down for.
Werner Erhard designed a process for people to take deep, untreated TRAUMA in people, and then REACTIVATE it, and then just cut people lose with no support from professionals. This can lead to hospitalization and even suicide, and mental breakdowns, as we have seen.
When someone has been sexually abused as a child, their mind has developed powerful defenses, to keep all of that TRAUMA from overwhelming them. This type of trauma is similar to soldiers who have been traumatized in war, or what was called "shell shock" in WWI. It is very severe, and almost impossible to treat.
The human mind dissociates from severe trauma, as the mind cannot handle all of the pain at once.
Then Werner Erhard comes along, and trains some clueless arrogant fools called "Forum Leaders"and they irresponsibly get people to reactivate their severe trauma. That is [b:e5a597066c]extremely dangerous.[/b:e5a597066c]
No psychologist or psychiatrist would EVER do that.
First, they have to set the groundwork with people, and set up support, and perhaps use medication. And then the trauma is explored carefully over a long period of time. The mental health professional also sets up help for the person 24/7, in case the stress is too much.
"Flooding" of trauma is extremely dangerous, and can lead to hospitalization and mental breakdowns, and suicide.
No mental health pro deals with trauma like this anymore, it was a fad in the 60's, but has been shown to be extremely damaging for people, and makes them worse.
These poor people get flooded with trauma, and they CANNOT turn it off. It can take them years to put the cat back in the bag, if ever.
Werner Erhard does not care about people, and neither does the Landmark Forum.
People with severe childhood trauma need to seek out proper treatment from trained professionals.
What you do NOT do, is stand up in front of a room, and reactivate your trauma like an "exorcism" and think it is going to be purged. Wrong. That is the height of compete ignorance about mental health.
The trauma is going to overwhelm you, and get 10x worse, and then you can't turn it off. Then you might end up in the hospital, or have a psychotic break, or just have a breakdown, and you could wreck the next 10 years of your life.
Just the fact that Landmark does this to people with trauma, means that Landmark should be shut down for malpractice.
Anyone who has been victimized like this by Landmark should get a large financial settlement, so they can then seek out proper trauma treatment from mental health professionals.
The Landmark Forum leaders who do this all need to be sued for malpractice, and if it went before a judge, Landmark would be put out of business.
Read how trauma is supposed to be treated, and the criminal malpractice of Landmark Education will be clear. It is criminal what Landmark is doing to people with trauma. Literally.
Complex PTSD (sometimes called "Disorder of Extreme Stress") is found among individuals who have been exposed to prolonged traumatic circumstances, especially during childhood, such as childhood sexual abuse. Developmental research is revealing that many brain and hormonal changes may occur as a result of early, prolonged trauma, and these changes contribute to difficulties with memory, learning, and regulating impulses and emotions. Combined with a disruptive, abusive home environment that does not foster healthy interaction, these brain and hormonal changes may contribute to severe behavioral difficulties (such as impulsivity, aggression, sexual acting out, eating disorders, alcohol/drug abuse, and self-destructive actions), emotional regulation difficulties (such as intense rage, depression, or panic), and mental difficulties (such as extremely scattered thoughts, dissociation, and amnesia). As adults, these individuals often are diagnosed with depressive disorders, personality disorders, or dissociative disorders. Treatment often takes much longer than with regular PTSD, may progress at a much slower rate, and requires a sensitive and structured treatment program delivered by a trauma specialist.