Sad to see how this, so called, educational organization can suck individuals in. How they "use" peoples insecurities, pray on weaknesses, and convince them that if they spend their money, sit in a controlled classroom (with no view of the "real" world) for 12-14 hours over a two day/night weekend, that they will achieve some higher joy in their lives when it actually strips them of their "real" friends, family, etc. Wearing them down, using mind-control tactics, and intimidation techniques.
When asked what they have achieved, through Landmark, the "student" uses terminology like; "I have learned to Create Possibilities" and other lingo. When pinned-down they can't explain the teachings and respond by saying "you don't understand" and "you have to come to a session to understand" (for that's the pyramid scheme to get their "loved-ones" involved and continue the insanity).
I have witnessed friends spend thousands of dollars on classes, and spend hundreds of volunteer hours as a so-called "leader" (serving dinners to their Landmark superiors, handing out paperwork at forum meetings, making recruit calls, follow-up collection calls, using their private home as introduction meeting areas, their hotel costs, and vehicle costs) all at their own expense, all in the belief that they will become a Landmark guru someday!
They lose touch with their long time friends in exchange for a daily routine of calling their "Landmark friends" (each morning) to bolster their "Landmark" beliefs and go on line nightly to keep in touch with them. They are also asked to keep a log of their Landmark activities to prove their "integrity" to Landmark. All this for no pay, no Nothing!
When questioned about their lack of contact with the "real" world they seem not to care. They also preach that they want to better the world yet cannot come up with one thing they have done to improve anything, let alone nothing to show any self improvement.
Relationships outside the "forum" are impossible. When someone refuses to join the forum, questions their actions, or pushes them for answers they are labeled "forbidden fruit" and are immediately cast aside. If they are to have a relationship, outside the "forum", they are simply to be a machine, never attach sex to love, have lots of sex, but don't get involved (with the outsiders)!
I empathize with those who have fallen into the Landmark trap. Not because of the money spent (that can be replaced), or all the hours as slaves for the leaders, but for the loss of respect from friends and family, and even more so the thought that someday they themselves will have to look back at how they were sucked in, and worse yet how they involved (or tried to involve) the ones they loved.
A multi-million dollar corporation, employee owned (approx. 450 employees), and over 7,500 volunteers (slaves). Tell me, do you smell something rotten?