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Re: Should I attend?

Posted by noa on August 16, 2000, at 14:37:52

In reply to Should I attend?, posted by smoky on August 15, 2000, at 14:34:33

Landmark Forum is formerly EST, I believe, the name having been changed because of bad publicity in the 80s.

I can't say whether such a program is a good idea for you, but I know that I had friends who were involved in a similar one called Lifespring(it had been referred to as the "gentle EST") , and they were caught up in a sort of pyramid sales scheme. It is run by salespeople, not professionals in psychology. It consumed their lives and their friendships with non-participants really suffered, because they were constantly trying to sell us on the idea.

Years ago I read an article on it, and the participant observers who wrote the article, for a respected journal, said it was based mostly on peer pressure to agree with the facilitators. People who disagreed were shamed.

I don't know if this is the same article, but perhaps you might like to read this one, citation from pubmed below.

BTW, after a few years went by, my friends recontacted me and resumed the friendship, apologizing for how they acted while involved in Lifespring.

Also, BTW, I believe in the late 80s and early ninties, Lifespring was in the news because of law suits. This may be why such programs ask about mental illness on the application.




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