In a recent post Raniere studied a host of programming methods and created NXIVM, I wrote, “What I saw was that the more classes they took, the less capable they were of functioning in the world, but the more obedient they were to the cult of Raniere/Salzman.”
A reader made this comment:
It’s no surprise that taking more courses made them more obedient to the cult. That’s the whole point of a cult!
But you seem to be saying that “Executive Success Programs” achieves the exact opposite of its name: it degrades the executive skills of its students.
Do you think that the suppression of critical thinking by members that is necessary to keep them in the cult, was taking a toll on the students’ ability to deal with the world outside the cult?