Reader: Did NXIVM classes degrade executive skills of students?

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?

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Does attending ‘repetitive’ NXIVM classes do the opposite of what is claimed and actually lessen the life skills of students, making them more dependent on the Cult of NXIVM? 

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