- Report: #203504
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Complaint Review: PSI Seminars
PSI SeminarsDenver, Colorado U.S.A.
PSI Seminars ripoff Denver Colorado
*Author of original report: you sound like a perfect candidate for one of these cults
*Consumer Suggestion: Who Cares Can't we be Happy for Happy people!
*Consumer Comment: Not at all a "Cult" thing, only a rip off if you choose it to be!!!
*Author of original report: PSI is a RIP OFF
You arrive and stay at a hotel the day prior to attending 7. They pick you up in a bus and drive to the ranch. You arrive at the ranch by bus; you're not allowed to bring your own car, because they don't want you to leave before the program is finished. You're set up to sleep in a bunk house with 40 men, or if you're a female, 40 women. You share living quarters, to include the showers. You sleep on bunk beds. You are told when to eat, when to sleep, when to go to the bathroom. You are instructed to write a journal and share your thoughts and feelings with the rest of the group.
They break you down, somewhat like basic training in the military. They do group exercises like climbing 40 foot phone poles, 14-15 foot walls, standing on the edge of a cliff, all the while your team is holding the ropes. This is to entrust you to the group. You walked across a set of ropes holding onto another person; this builds the group personality. Once a task in completed you do the group bonding, like love bombing, groups hugs. Team building.
Prior to going to the ranch you're given a list of clothing you need to bring, this includes clothing you would not feel comfortable wearing in public. For the women it's usually a bathing suit or bikini. Once you're at the ranch there is one exercise where your PSI Buddy picks out your clothes for the barn dance. Clothing that makes you feel uncomfortable wearing in public. The barn dance included a DJ playing disco music, the mirror ball hanging from the ceiling. This is a breaking down of your defenses to critical thinking.
There is one exercise called the sharing where the men and women stare into one another's eyes by candle light and share their feelings with the other person. The question asked in the sharing is would you like to have an intimated relationship with this person?
There is another exercise where you gather cow pies (yes cow pies) to symbolize life's bullshit (sorry) and they place it on a plywood sheet and hang it up on a wall. This is to represent getting rid of the BS in their lives, you know the BS that's holding you back.
Oh, and they have a store on the premises, where you can buy the PSI bible, a leather bound book with the teachings of Wilhite, Inspirational CD's, and of course the PSI T-shirts. If you read the book or listen to the CD's, you'll find its nothing more than fancy BS with the bottom line: recruit your family and friends to get their MONEY.
And you get all this for $3000.00. And on the last day you're told you are still not done, you're told you have not obtained all the tools to live a better life and then it's the hard sell for the Leadership course. And if you sign up today it will only cost you $3600.00; a discount, as the course is $4000.00. Nice discount, save $400.00 and continue to destroy your life.
They work to destroy relationships and they cause people to detach from family and friends. They encourage people to become emotionally dependent on them. Looking back, I see how my wife tried to recruited me and get me into this, but after seeing the change in her I decided not to go, and because she saw this as being unsupportive she left and we divorced. That was a year ago. I was betrayed by one of my most trusted friends.
I am trying my best to be compassionate and to forgive her with the understanding that she herself is trapped within the lies of PSI. Even from my friend, an intelligent, creative woman who I know to be capable of very subtle critical thinking, I never heard anything from her that ever questioned what PSI is and does. I showed her the research I have done on this group and she said the research was bullshit. PSI is her life and she has told me that she never going to give up the benefits of PSI. These benefits include leaving her relationships with her family and friends because she couldn't recruit, oh, sorry, enroll them.
And if you're thinking of going I have some questions for you; don't think about the money. Think; Is this going to be worth the loss of respect of your family and friends? Is it worth losing your own self respect? Is it worth the loss of your sanity? I would say no. But that is my opinion.
This reminds me. I saw a posting on one of the yahoo groups that hit this nail on the head. The posting said
Never Underestimate the Power of Stupid People in Large Groups.
New York City, New York
This report was posted on Ripoff Report on 07/29/2006 08:05 AM and is a permanent record located here: http://www.ripoffreport.com/r/PSI-Seminars/Denver-Colorado/PSI-Seminars-ripoff-Denver-Colorado-203504. The posting time indicated is Arizona local time. Arizona does not observe daylight savings so the post time may be Mountain or Pacific depending on the time of year.
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