Hi, I have a serious problem and need some help (Landmark..)
Date: May 01, 2005 11:25PM
[As a precursor to this story, I must say my mom has had a life in which there is no word in english, latin, or italic that can completely describe how bad my mom has had it. Lets just say she was raped and had her best friend burnt to death in front of her by her mother. Anyways, she finds something that is making her happy and successful(Landmark Education). ]
Sadly, for all the success that Landmark and similar cults have with the mildly neurotic and somewhat troubled, the most fierce adherence seems to characterize those with real traumatic or abusive histories. The psychogical tricks - so-called "hooks and levers" - that are designed to capture the more prosaic "defectives," (those who think they need to do something fairly arduous to improve themselves or their lives), act more like chains of psychological bondage when they are used against people who suffer the worst kinds of traumatic memories. Understanding the psychology makes this quite apparent, as those people are far more desperate to find relief, comfort, or solace and are more likely to grasp at straws. Cults, and probably all religions, can and do abuse these people shamelessly. Unfortunately, the snake-oil of relief or obliteration or neutralization of painful memories will always provide business opportunities for predatory scammers. Sad to say but they substitute a more cruel form of abuse combined with exploitation in place of the memories - one which may not show up for years or decades, and, indeed, many times leave the sufferer ignorant of the damage that has been done. Generally speaking, narcissists - and all cults tend to make people more narcissistic - feel little pain or remorse (consciously) for their actions. They reveal themselves in a trail of victims. Likewise, many Landmarkers purchase short-term or superficial relief with their participation. After a while, the hidden costs become too unbearable to contemplate, so they don't. Outsiders are left to ponder the devastation.
[She tells me about it...but in that all so elequent greyspeak. You know, it will totally revitalize your mental capacity to deal with the buisness world etc etc. This is not like my mom, becuase the fact that mom has had so many problems...she is wise. Or at least I thought. Everything that my mom has told me, or showed me about this place...their website...the people who called me...they have no self control. They are a product of someone elses will. You can tell it in their voices...the way they are shocked when you speak with authority...the total lack of real knowledge. The people that called me preceeding the meeting were to say the very least, brainwashed or just fucking stupid.]
Yes, funny how people do take this group so seriously, considering the amateur presentation, silly, fake-sounding anecdotes, cheesy "authority" endorsements, ridiculous, quasi-religious-sounding claims, and robotic parrots who sell the stuff. You wouldn't think anyone would make it past the "introduction," but, amazingly, people are still buying time-shares and still participating in pyramid sales, so there you go. Hypnosis, Neuro-Linguistic-Programming, and all the other sales and persuasion techniques work well enough to keep lots of con-artists in business. And the shame or humiliation of having been duped keeps most victims silent, so it's a self-stoking phenomenon - or a brilliant business model - depending on your perspective.