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2 years ago
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I looked up the Wrights “Transparency Report” to see how they refuted claims that they are a cult. It is misleading and laughable. It says they surveyed students, and all said that the institute met none of the criteria of a cult. Apparently they did not survey past students - at least not myself or another past student that I know. I would have responded that they met all the criteria
Forum: Large Group Awareness Training, "Human Potential"
2 years ago
grateful I'm out
Observer360, thank you for this detailed expose’ of the Wrights and their Institute. It is consistent with my experiences with them 10+ years ago. They are still deceiving and exploiting their followers. My biggest personal growth and transformation came from leaving. Grateful...
Forum: Large Group Awareness Training, "Human Potential"
5 years ago
grateful I'm out
Hi. I left the WI in 2009. I am not recently involved, but I cannot imagine that they have changed in any way that would make them less a cult. This is who Bob and Judith are at their core. I was like your daughter when I first joined. I was excited, hopeful, felt alive, and that my life was transformed. This is the outer layer of experience. It was only as I went deeper in the group and deeper i
Forum: Large Group Awareness Training, "Human Potential"
11 years ago
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Hi. I am glad you wrote in. I check the site occasionally to see if I can be of service to expose the unethical, dark side of the Wright Institute. First of all, the agency to contact regarding the Wright Graduate Institute's Accreditation is the following: Wisconsin Educational Approval Board. Here is their website link: They are not accredited in Illinois. I encourage you t
Forum: Large Group Awareness Training, "Human Potential"
11 years ago
grateful I'm out
Thanks for sharing your inside experience. I am glad that you had the presence of mind and the strength of your family to get out. You described it well as one sick, delusional mindf*ck that sucks everyone dry of money. I was a part of their deluded system for almost 3 years. I managed to deny, rationalize, and/or justify away everything unethical. I do think there is something we can do. P
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11 years ago
grateful I'm out
Pearl, Thank you for your research and clarity. You hit the nail on the head with everything you said about the people attracted to the institute. I was one of those seekers eager to grow and make my my life matter. G. May's description of the woman sounds like me, except I did finally leave. I am still a seeker but looking on the inside now and to my experience for my own, natural se
Forum: Large Group Awareness Training, "Human Potential"
11 years ago
grateful I'm out
Pearl, thank you for your support! Yes, I agree the longer you stay the harder it is to leave. I received a phone call from the person I was closest to in my group. She sounded hollow, like the life had been sucked out of her. She said she knew she still needed to stay because she wanted something returned from a friend and couldn't even ask her for it when she saw her last week. I don&
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11 years ago
grateful I'm out
It is a year since I left. My one year "bannishment" from contact with people in my group is over. They will not be "out of integrity" if they contact me. I felt compelled to revisit this forum and continue to remember and warn other people about their exploitive, mind manipulation tactics. I actually got up the courage to post a review on Yelp. I feel shakey inside after
Forum: Large Group Awareness Training, "Human Potential"
12 years ago
grateful I'm out
No, I am not kidding. If you would like his name to check it out, write me privately. The Institute leaders are very skilled at manipulating facts and putting a spin on them to make them not only acceptable but admirable to their students. The name of his "media company" was never mentioned publicly, but it is generally known to students. Sadly, it never bothered me at the time. I,
Forum: Large Group Awareness Training, "Human Potential"
12 years ago
grateful I'm out
Hi Wesley, Reading your experiences stirs me up. I see more of the cult aspects that I was blind to at the time. Regarding the two-room setup with the mic/headset and teleprompter, I had the belief that this is just good practice to improve presentation skills. Now I think it goes beyond this. B and J also have all their presentations video recorded. In addition, they have transcribers t
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12 years ago
grateful I'm out
Wesley, a few more thoughts.... Did you express any of your reactions on the weekend and what was the response? As a former "student", one of my friends attended the weekend and had a similar reaction to it. Bob took me aside and told me that my friend "had authority issues". His reaction was put in a context that made it less likely that I would be influenced by him.
Forum: Large Group Awareness Training, "Human Potential"
12 years ago
grateful I'm out
Wesley, I agree wholeheartedly with your post. I am so glad you have a strong enough sense of self that you were not taken in by all the mind control and manipulation. Thank you so much for taking time to share your experience. A year ago, I was one of those "sad, pathetic souls" working for free and duped into believing it was what I needed to do to "recover", "heal
Forum: Large Group Awareness Training, "Human Potential"
12 years ago
grateful I'm out
Pearl, Thanks for letting us know that this YELP review was reposted. Everyone should read this. It expresses my experience, thoughts, concerns. I will send it out to some people I know that are still connected to the Institute and considering pros and cons of leaving. Perhaps it will have an impact.
Forum: Large Group Awareness Training, "Human Potential"
12 years ago
grateful I'm out
Hi Pearl, You are welcome. The break with WI was difficult and my greatest growth. It feels good to share the truth and caution others about getting involved. I saved the link to the missing YELP review. I will try to send it in this message. The last time, I tried to post it, the last part was deleted. I sent it in a private message which may get through. I was told there was
Forum: Large Group Awareness Training, "Human Potential"
12 years ago
grateful I'm out
There must be something about YELP I don't understand, because the last time I checked YELP, the review I talked about was there. If you don't find it, let me know and I will send you the bookmark that I have that pops it up. As far as financial responsibility goes, it was talked about occasionally. I was encouraged to cut back in other areas and that my personal growth work was
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12 years ago
grateful I'm out
timetogo, I think I over reacted to your private message. I thought it was someone from WI trying to shut me down. It sounds like you meant to be helpful. I got a sick/sad feeling in my gut when you mentioned the name of the person you care about and you thought that was me. It stayed with me all day. I, too, care a lot about that person. I don't want to do anything to expose or m
Forum: Large Group Awareness Training, "Human Potential"
12 years ago
grateful I'm out
I just read a private message that suggested I be careful because people from Wright monitor this site and I might offend someone. What does that suggest, that they could harm me in some way? I have not said anything that is not untrue. I am not going to "be careful" with the truth. I do not wish anyone ill. I do wish for the truth to be known and the exploitation to stop. Someone
Forum: Large Group Awareness Training, "Human Potential"
12 years ago
grateful I'm out
I don't have access to that data. They have many activities with various levels of involvement of students. My experience with Lab and YOM, I am guessing between 200 and 250 students. With "Salesforce", "Lifestyles", Individual coaching, and others added, I do not know. Grateful
Forum: Large Group Awareness Training, "Human Potential"
12 years ago
grateful I'm out
Pearl, The Year of More had much positive reinforcement and was primarily educational with each week a different assignment. It was definitely kinder and gentler than Transformation Lab, Summer, WEE, or Men's Basic(from stories that I heard). Looking back, I can see how I was being groomed and programmed to follow assignments, go for positive reinforcement, if told to jump, I would say
Forum: Large Group Awareness Training, "Human Potential"
12 years ago
grateful I'm out
Shimmer, thanks for your validation. The thing about a cult is that the people in the cult do not believe it is a cult. They are intelligent, idealistic people passionate about something and under the mind control of another. One of the things that helped me shift my perspective was how sad I was about what I was missing out on in other areas of my life. Leaving the Institute was like leaving
Forum: Large Group Awareness Training, "Human Potential"
12 years ago
grateful I'm out
I left WI in March after almost 3 years and at least $25,000. I am still in debt for a big chunk of it. Here is a YELP posting that for some reason was removed from the Yelp site - probably by request from WI as it was too damaging. I can totally relate to it. Citigirl, please take time to read this one. There is much that I can contribute to the conversation. I just was not ready to
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