I found some reviews on PSI seminars. You can check the link listed. I for one wouldn't recommend a Life Coach as listed in the fourth comment. I only wanted to show the entire comment. As an Ex-grad of PSi, please stay away from PSI seminars.
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PSI Seminars changed my life for the better. It got me off the couch, and moving forward with my career, my relationships, and my physical health.
I'm giving 5 stars instead of 4 to help boost the ratings a big.
I give it 4 stars for PSI's piss poor marketing and PR methods. They advertise via word of mouth, so the methods to get people to go might come across as pushy.
The posts on pissed consumer, etc. are disappointing, and the posts go unanswered by the thousands of people who have had great experiences. Yes, some people make irresponsible decisions when they come back from a PSI week. And yes, its not a replacement for psychotherapy. Are some of the people who have staffed PSI are imperfect? yes. Yes there are a lot of self-employer's like MLMers and real estate people who attend - but PSI policy is to not solicit business during events.
The advanced seminars are expensive, and for me provided far more value than what I paid.
Would a life coach do the same thing? Perhaps some of it. I doubt a life coach could teach me the things I learned about relationships, teamwork, and leadership if it were not for my team mates at PSI 7.
I was a "personal development" junkie for some time now, but I have to say that PSI definitely put an end to this addiction.
Here is what you need to know about PSI, Tony Robbins, Landmark, etc. - those on top of it and the organization itself have below average integrity and yet they teach the heights of it. This definitely brings to mind saying "those who can't do, teach." Primary purpose of their existence is to generate the cash flow and significance. So called "transformation" is merely a tool to make you lay golden eggs in their basket. They are in business to sell you "The Emperor's New Clothes." Typical attendee is religious and/or MLM-er.
PSI-high graduates who during the course were telling you how great you are and professed undying brotherly/sisterly love turn on you in a blink of an eye if you are to criticize of question "holly PSI." In fact, the notion is that because those organizations do so much "good" those delivering you the "goodness" can be more "human" than average, because they "work" so hard to deliver you that "New Clothes." Just google PSI on rip-off report. The X-employee's reply to a customer complaint about sexual misconduct will blow your mind... if not, I rest my case.
Bottom line, after years of doing the "work" and thousands of dollars spent I am worse of than I was before I started with this "personal development" crap. Some things that I did not really care about got better, that kept me chasing the proverbial carrot of "transformation" but those things that I really wanted were always on the "horizon" but hey, there is another course you can take!
Stay away from PSI Seminars. It is a cult. Seriously. I did the basic seminar and their mind tricks got me to sign up for two advanced seminars totaling big $K. One day in, I realized this was crazy stuff and asked my brother to pick me up from the isolated ranch near the SF hills. Thank goodness I got my money back thanks to lawyers.
The last 2 hours of the Basic Seminar you will be told that you only have 2 hours to take advantage of a great discount big $Kinstead of bigger $K for 17 days of advanced seminars.
Do not do it. I say this with a loving heart. Please beware. John James and the Kool-Aid - this is similar and you will lose big $$.
The 1970s was a weird time. Recovered memories, self-improvement, and cults were all the rage. This time period laid the groundwork for companies like PSI Seminars to later emerge and thrive. The late psychologist and cult expert Dr. Margaret Singer dubbed organizations like PSI Seminars "Large Group Awareness Trainings (LGAT)". PSI Seminars could also be called "a for-profit private company, that delivers self-improvement and personal development coursework" (Wikipedia). Not happy in your career? Want more fulfilling relationships with others? Why not take the PSI Seminar Basic Course for $500?
Critics accuse LGAT's of using similiar thought-reform techniques as cult leaders do. Techniques used in LGAT include:
* relaxation techniques
* neuro-linguistic programming
LGAT are usually long hours and last several days. They are highly emotional and use all the above techniques to manipulate the feelings of the people participating in the training. After one completes the training, he/she often feel like they are on a "high", but according to research, the feeling doesn't last. Research also shows that LGAT rarely instill *real* change into people's lives (Wikipedia).
Fast forward 30 plus years to my living room in Alameda last April. I had just finished pouring out my heart to my roommate about who I *really* wanted to be when I grew up. My roommate mentioned yet again how much PSI Seminars changed her life. "Just take the Basic course for $500. I swear it will change your life", she says. If this were anyone else I would have brushed them aside, but my roommate talked about PSI Seminars with such enthusiasm and with such meaning in her voice, I couldn't just brush her aside. If these courses had affect my smart, kind, successful roommate as much they seemed to, they must be worth it. So I called Carson at PSI Seminars and signed up the next day.
The next four days consisted of a bunch of highs, a bunch of lows, visualizations, emotional reenactments, group therapy and goal setting. Some of it was crap, some of it was helpful ($500 helpful, I don't think so!) and some of it was downright stupid. And did I reach my goals that I set up at the seminar? Well, what do you think? Let's be real here. So you really want to change your life? Wonderful. Here's some advice that will actually change your life.
1. Get a therapist
2. Get a lifecoach
If you actually have goals to meet, things to do, places to go, people to see, lifecoaching is were it's at. I can even give you a rec for a good one in Walnut Creek. Ya wanna know why lifecoaching actually works and PSI Seminars doesn't? Because you see your lifecoach every week (or every other week) and more importantly, you are accountable to him/her! Take my advice, save the $7,000 you'd be spending on PSI Seminars and spend it on a lifecoach who will kick your ass!