After some time has passed and some wearing down of the resistance of the attendees, (if you are in an exploitative environment) the speaker will be leading you into making an unintended commitment. ie. a commitment you probably had not intention of making before coming.
Stories with a purpose
They do this leading – by telling stories about of people who are unsuccessful in order to set a contrast to those that are successful. So, those who do not conform to following instructions, or giving their all, or abandoning their senses are linked to people who are unsuccessful. (This is despite somewhere in our being we know the opposite to be true too, but in the light of convincing stories, many accept the attributes of a person who is unsuccessful). These are done in order to get you in deeper to the zone of fog. So, the stories might be ones that have these themes:
- Uncommitted people who will never succeed, finally getting nothing (or whatever keywords they have used to set this scene and will be used later). The keyword might be commitment, abandonment, passion, ruthless. Any of these words can have both positive and negative implications.
- Generalised failures at life (using similar or the same keyword)
- People who dismiss the ‘truth’, with examples from everyday life and the story always proves that these are the ones who ultimately miss out. The truth, of course, is what they are saying, as opposed to anything you might hold as truth.
The average attendee will come away from these stories saying that everything associated with keyword is either good or bad, depending on their agenda, and to be avoided or embraced because otherwise you will miss out on life. ie. Those who follow their senses never succeed, but those who abandon their senses get the prize – they feel, they experience great things, they achieve. The barrage of stories is fast enough to prevent rational thinking about the examples that we might know about that defy the stories that are being told. When this is successful, the brainwashing is occurring for the audience.
Again, an ounce of truth for certain scenarios in life, but maybe not at appropriate for other moments in life. For instance, you need to keep your senses at an interview, at a funeral, as Police are preparing to raid during a siege situation, as a dubious speaker is confusing you with their words, while you’re considering paying a month’s salary for something, especially something you don’t have evidence of, and even more if it is involving further debt.
The fog zone continues
Yes, the constraints imposed on the audience – by keeping you in the room beyond what is comfortable – has its purpose. For many, they will be somewhat confused, frustrated and willing to do anything to have this present moment end. All too often, those who are holding you are purposely challenging everyone’s ability to draw upon the very thing that you need right now – critical thinking. The weariness leads to mild desperation. Unfortunately, if the speaker’s setup is successful, they will have disarmed most of the audience of their defenses and rational thinking processes.
Concentration and Thought
We know instinctively or through observation that a person who is not listening will be obvious to someone observing. We either start staring somewhere else into space, or we attempt to stare at the speaker but put our minds thoughts elsewhere. These attempts to think critically are able to be detected. Despite the risk, we may try this, but we know we may be found out and it would either be confronting or embarrassing.
When we are in an environment where the speaker has enough gall to pull someone up for it – and has already done it once, we may find it hard to achieve critical thinking about anything… and we end up concentrating on what they are saying. We have done this all our lives most likely, either doing this in presentations, lectures, speeches etc., but many casual observers notice let alone a skilled speaker. Some of us don’t care about doing it, and some are just too compliant to rebel in this way. The compliant one’s lose out on this one.
A speaker that creates a strong tension in this way has set themselves up to proceed with brainwashing amongst their stories.
Brainwashing with circular reasoning
As an example, I have heard speakers say:
This dialog goes on and on with a logic that is very generalised and just close enough to the truth to fit anyone, but contains whatever lie and hook they are spinning at the time and only their supplied black and white choices – from their self-appointed position of being this person’s only way forward. They keep going with this type of talk, wearing the audience down and not allowing them to think, by filling their mind with repetitive re-iteration of their logic.
They speak in generalities (vague), but with large assumptions – like “You came to be told what you don’t know” because there is an amount of truth in it. Few truly come to be told; it is clear there will be some who will abandon all logic because the speaker is infallible in their eyes. Apart from these, many most likely did come for something, and it did involve a speaker talking. It is not the whole truth though, you may not have expected to be told. You more likely came to be presented with an alternative way of thinking that you can evaluate, consider, ponder and maybe for some of it – get inspired by or get moved by.
A normal part of a healthy learning process includes time to absorb the teaching, reflect and the average student or attendee might want to continue to evaluate the meaning and implications of the important truths or interesting items. In this LGAT/Brainwashing environment though, you usually don’t have the luxury of considering them because you continue to be bombarded with a monologue from the speaker until compliance from the audience has been attained.
The speaker gets their outcome, you get a ounce of enlightenment, mixed with confusion, sprinkled with bits you don’t want to retain, smeared with annoyance on many levels (mind and most body parts not wishing to stay).
Rehearsed for the naive
If the speaker is calibrating their audience well (or they know this always works at this point of their rehearsed talk), to make you feel Ok again, the speaker may throw in a one liner – that also has some truth in it – confusion is the beginning of understanding. The naive amongst the attendees might conclude that the speaker is so wise, all knowing, almost spiritual, and is talking directly to me because I was just so confused at the time. But… this is rehearsed, calculated to have the effect that it does.
If a person eventually comes to a realisation of what is going on and leaves the LGAT they will in most cases require the care of a mental health professional due to depression and anxiety. Some people recover other don’t. Many times the persons life as they know it will have been totally destroyed. Also the LGAT will harass the individual in a passive aggressive way. They will call the person often and send them mail asking them to attend seminars and events.
I know these things to be true because I was in an LGAT called Landmark Education and those some of my experiences as well as the experiences of others. Nothing, and I mean nothing, ever good comes from an LGAT. They take common sense, grind it up, and turn it into bullshit.
From http://forum.culteducation.com/read.php?4,53715,53715 from an answer to the question “How are people hurt by LGATS, what happens to them?”
The commitments that are being sought around this time are usually around:
- deeper commitment leading to more income (for them),
- selling the next installment of the training resulting in immediate income (for them) or
- paving the way for future income (for them).
I see a trend.
What you can do
If you are there in the midst of it or at the end of the first of a few days of it – you can just not come back.
- You’ll get calls later and they will challenge you for what great insights you had by not attending – what was so good that it was better than sorting your life out.
- You’ve deferred the pressure questions, but you can probably think more clearly.
- The callers will most likely attempt to offer you a free position on the next training dates.
- If it is your intention to not go back, then review the types of challenges they will put to you and have your answers ready. I say this so that you can avoid doubting your decisions; make your resolve and be strong to follow through.
If you notice this pattern of stories outlined earlier in this post, and you are there, be aware that your behavioural outcomes are being managed right now, but they are just setting it up, so be wary.
- The minders that have been assigned to you will be looking for what is your weak point, the one that seems to be the source of fear, avoidance or concern.
- They will use this if they have a chance to later in one-on-one or in a group setting.
- Like saying later to you – …You’ve said you seem to be challenged at your new job, so how will you cope with being ‘used by your boss’ at work without these skills?
So, amongst the speaker’s monologue, you may hear Truths by themselves, Truths mixed with Lies, Interesting Statements for you to consider and Statements to Reject during the presentation or later:
- So the upshot of this may be that during an LGAT (or any brainwashing scenario), there are some things that are pure truths that cannot be misinterpreted if they stand alone, and some of these sentences can be taken on as truths. A truth might be that “success is about attitude”. On its own, this statement is fine, but if it is woven into another sentence, it can be misleading: eg. “success is about attitude, so you need to have an open attitude to what I am saying” is on the face of it, unable to be evaluated, because we don’t have the content of “what I am saying”.
- Truths mixed with Lies
- Add to this phrase the rest of the statement: “Success is about attitude… and you need to have the attitude to be prepared to lose your friends if they are holding you back from joining in with the times in your lives where there are people who are teaching you more of the truth… and I am telling you the truth right now”. So this has added to the statement about attitude, telling you what attitude you should have, and the outcome (losing friends), and the goal (joining in… more truth), and a claim that the speaker is telling you the truth. A lot packed into a sentence that you might have started out believing. Circular reasoning, compound statements, linked thoughts, becoming dangerous. The unfortunate part is that the best truths and lies are usually carefully woven into long statements, and they are challenging to extract.
- Interesting Statements
- Continuing on, there might be some other statements or concepts that are talked about which are interesting, things to ponder and consider – and you might not sure which way to go with them. If only you could take notes. Hold these statements at arms length and consider them, and see if they stand the test of time when you get to remember them later. Do they still make any sense once you recall them out of the context of the original presentation and/or speaker, or were they something that only made some sense at the time?
- Statements to Reject
- Then there might be some concepts that are not applicable to you, do not fit with your values, or plain untruths, fraudulent statements, or unverifiable “evidence” of the speaker’s position. These ones you might want to dismiss. Dismiss them immediately if they are clearly not within your value system.
Evaluating in real time
Importantly, you need to be able to write some of these down to properly consider them, but in many cases this is not possible or allowed. Unfortunately, the essence of the thought has most likely already entered your unconscious and may be guiding some of your future actions. As far as possible, it is useful to be able to evaluate these statements on the fly, but this takes skills that you either have or need to build.
Rarely is brainwashing directed at you personally
Hopefully, by being aware now, you can evaluate what you hear in the future and/or can review the past and see that there was nothing personal about all of this, it is a formula, designed to bring a calculated result. Being aware, you can bring your own calculated result.