I wonder how they even found this forum? They either did an internet search for discovery training Dallas Cult, or the founders know it is a cult and are trying to do damage control. Either way indicates they associate discovery with a cult in some manner. EC
I looked at this forum after notmuch4games called me and threatened to come to my home and physically attack me. During his psychotic rant he kept spouting off this web-site as some sort of proof that I had been brainwashed and that he was the sane one (terrorizing strangers is a sign of mental stability I've heard). He was upset because I had sent a text message to his wife stating that I hoped things were going well with her (I also wrote her a reference letter for a scholarship to the second session of Discovery). Those are hardly the actions of a cult member, they are in fact the actions of a freind, tho notmuch4games has succeded in making sure that his wife has no freinds.
This website has helped me somewhat. I have been carefule not to make discovery or the people there a higher priority than my existing freinds, family, or responsibilities. I looked at the results discovery has had in people that I know and it is very positive. I personally know (that is to say I am freinds with) at least 4 LPCs who have gone through, a RN, a physicians assistant, a private business owner, a physician, a physical therapist, a pharmacy tech , and a respiratory therapist. Their marriages are stronger, their faith is more substantial, and their level of happiness has increased, not because of discovery, but because of the tools that they learned to put into practice as a result of attending the classes. These tools include dealing with issues in your past, learning to not hide behind masks, recognizing your own personal pitfalls and vices and how to overcome them, and living life with purpose other than simply making it from day to day.
This is what I learned, this was my experience, it has been a positive one. I do however recognize that this may not be the universal experience with discovery. I think that there are people who attend and it does nothing for them, they usually dont return for a second session. To say that it destroys marriages is impossible to prove, it is much easier to say that your spouse was brainwashed than to focus on your own contribution to a broken relationship. Blame discovery if you want, but marriages break up every day regardles of whether or not you attend some weekend seminar.
It is hard for me to fathom the amount of arrogance that it takes to insinuate that you know better than the hundreds of people who attend discovery and benefit from it. The might of your pride to say that it is a cult when everything about it is teaching people to be individuals...not conformist. Doctors, lawyers, CEO's, teachers, housewives..they have all been duped? There is not a strong will or educated mind among them? They are all going to hand there life decisions over to some group of people they meet in a weekend? Forget about it, thats not how it works, to suggest it shows how little respect you have for others and their own ability to live their lives.
I am sorry for your poor experiences but that does not mean that discovery is the black hole of doom that you claim it is, all it means is that you have a different perspective than people who have had a good experience.
I have been physically threatened, you have mocked my wife in childish anger, and you have ridiculed me for being honest about my experience...maybe that is the reason that your spouses have some issues with how you treat them. It doesn't take a professional counselor to figure that one out.