One of my best friends has recently been sucked into the Sterling Institute of Relationships: an LGAT that is often compared to Landmark, Est, etc. That goes without saying our friendship has changed considerably. Many of the accounts presented in this thread resonate with me. There seems to be an unhealthy power dynamic as my friend has become quite judgemental of how I live my life and conduct my relationships. Much of this seems driven by the dogma that he has learned from this supposed "men's group".
While there is a good body of material on this site specific to Sterling, there is also a lot of more general material posted in the Large Group Awareness Training (LGAT) category. Just how similar is Sterling to groups such as Landmark, Lifespring etc?
Is the Sterling Institute of Relationships considered as destructive as Landmark,etc? While the overall membership in Sterling seems considerably less, I am wondering if the proportion of Sterling candidates adversely affected is comparable to other LGATs.
Does anyone have any information on the presence of Sterling in Western Canada, in particular Alberta?
Hi! From what I've heard about the Sterling Institute, its teachings are very anti-relationship and anti-love, and it basically teaches men that women are to be used, you should never fall in love or get emotionally involved with a woman, and that women will break your heart and take all your money. I've also heard that their dogma is the basis for the "Sex and Intimacy" training at Landmark, so it seems the two are at least somewhat related.
If I were you, I'd check out all the info I could at the Rick Ross site, especially the info about coping with cult involvement and recovery: