Excellent article on “coaching” cults in Mexico, with observations relevant everywhere


What are commercial sects ?

The commercial sects came to Mexico in the 1990s, disguised as organizations dedicated to “coaching” or “human development”. The architect was the Argentinian Gabriel Nossovitch, who received that course directly from John Hanley, a character denounced in the United States for fraud in Iowa, for the rudeness of his workshops and inventor of the symbol of “Vota 4”, who in turn reproduced and consolidated the model of coercive training created by the British priest Alexander Everett and other characters linked to Scientology like Ron Hubbard, John-Roger and Werner Erhard.

Nossovith and its center called Argentina Works was expelled from that country, after the creation of the Network of Victims and Relatives of Victims of Coercive Organizations whose mobilization resulted in an initiative of Prevention and Assistance to Victims of Coercive / Sectarian Organizations Act.

After exiling from his country, he founded the MexWorks Center in Mexico, from which hundreds of centers were opened at the initiative of their graduates and gradually spread throughout the Mexican Republic.


Psychological consequences of coercive coaching

Betzabé Ávila López affirms that the subject who graduates from the courses does so in an almost psychotic state. It does not mean that he has had a psychotic outbreak, that is, a delusion or a hallucination, but it does show signs of a person who no longer makes contact with his feelings and reality and shows confusion in his future life project.

“Someone who comes out of these courses shows all those flattened, eroded human elements, because the only thing that repeats is what someone who has only used him said, who has turned him into an object of use,” he says.

¿Qué son las sectas comerciales?

Las sectas comerciales llegaron a México en la década de los 90 del siglo pasado disfrazadas de organizaciones dedicadas al “coaching” o “desarrollo humano”. El artífice fue el argentino Gabriel Nossovitch, quien recibió ese curso directamente de John Hanley, personaje denunciado en Estados Unidos por fraude en Iowa, por la rudeza de sus talleres e inventor del símbolo de “Vota 4”, quien a su vez reprodujo y consolidó el modelo de entrenamiento coercitivo creado por el sacerdote británico Alexander Everett y otros personajes vinculados a la cienciología como Ron Hubbard, John-Roger y Werner Erhard.

Nossovith y su centro denominado ArgentinaWorks fue expulsado de ese país, luego de la conformación de la Red de Víctimas y Familiares de Víctimas de Organizaciones Coercitivas cuya movilización derivó en una iniciativa de Ley de Prevención y Asistencia a Víctimas de Organizaciones Coercitivas/Sectas.

Luego de exiliarse de su país, funda en México el centro MexWorks, a partir del cual se abrieron cientos de centros por iniciativa de sus egresados y paulatinamente se extendieron a toda la República Mexicana.


Consecuencias psicológicas del coaching coercitivo

Betzabé Ávila López afirma que el sujeto que egresa de los cursos lo hace en un estado casi psicótico. No significa que haya tenido un brote psicótico, es decir, un delirio o una alucinación, pero sí muestra indicios de una persona que ya no hace contacto con sus sentimientos y su realidad y muestra confusión en su proyecto de vida futuro.

“Alguien que sale de estos cursos muestra todos esos elementos humanos aplanados, erosionados, porque lo único que repite es lo que le ha dicho alguien que solamente lo ha usado, que lo ha convertido en un objeto de uso”, dice.

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  • http://ljz.mx/2017/11/01/sectas-comerciales-absorben-recursos-y-capacitan-a-jueces/

    Commercial sects have managed to interfere and infiltrate the entire structure of the State, that is, the Executive, Legislative and Judicial branches, and it is increasingly common for them to be hired to “train” personnel at federal and state levels and even of political parties.

    The transparency portal of the Presidency of the Republic shows that federal agencies have awarded millionaire contracts to coaching “companies” to train their personnel.


    Sexual harassment and suicide

    The sexual practices inside the coaching groups are very feasible since in the sectarian phenomenon many cases of sexual abuse have been documented to which they subject the participants as part of the rituals or dynamics they perform. Proof of this is the case of NXIVM.

    “I think it’s very easy to get to that kind of perversion. I call them perversions because you have to take into account the profile of someone who becomes a coach in these places: he is a person who from the outset abuses the psychic wounds of a subject, “says the psychoanalytic psychotherapist Betzabé Ávila López.

    Las sectas comerciales han logrado inmiscuirse e infiltrarse en toda la estructura del Estado, es decir, en los poderes Ejecutivo, Legislativo y Judicial y cada vez es más común que sean contratadas para “capacitar” al personal de dependencias de nivel federal y estatal e incluso de partidos políticos.

    El portal de transparencia de la Presidencia de la República exhibe que dependencias federales han otorgado contratos millonarios a “empresas” de coaching para capacitar a su personal


    Acoso sexual y suicidio

    Las prácticas sexuales al interior de los grupos de coaching son muy factibles puesto que en el fenómeno sectario se han documentado muchos casos de abuso sexual a la que someten a los participantes como parte de los rituales o dinámicas que realizan. Muestra de ello es el caso de NXIVM.

    “Me parece que es muy fácil llegar a ese tipo de perversiones. Las llamo perversiones porque hay que tomar en cuenta el perfil de alguien que se hace coach en estos lugares: es una persona que de entrada abusa de las heridas psíquicas de un sujeto”, expone la psicoterapeuta psicoanalítica Betzabé Ávila López

  • Tbe epicenter of the Raniere-verse in Mexico is said to be Edgar Boone (Emeliano Salinas came later). (Is it true that Boone has suffered some kind of breakdown or deterioration?)

    But this article implies that coaching-based cults were widespread in Mexico long before Executive Success Programs was invented (plagiarized, actually, or “shifted”) by Keith Raniere in 1999.

    • Edgar Boone Sahag definitely experienced a breakdown. That’s why he is “Emeritus” Check out his website and his book. You’ll get it then. Lunacy.

    • http://nonada.es/2012/10/las-sectas-comerciales-se-aprovechan-de-la-crisis.html

      With the crisis hitting the Spanish economy and millions of citizens looking for work in an industrial wasteland, like the weeds, there are companies that seek to do business with the misleading promise of a job offer. Despair is the breeding ground for the proliferation of commercial sects and their dishonest search for easy money.

      Psychological dependence, complete occupation of time, distancing from the family and social environment, alienation of the individual in favor of the group, follow-up of a leader and indoctrination . Any of these guidelines can put us on the track of a commercial sect, whose objective is profit through the sale and marketing of products that are at the limit of legality.


      Some testimonies from people who have worked as distributors say that the level of demand within these entities is increasing on the part of all team members, controlled and supervised by the leader with non-negotiable assistance to events, workshops and public presentations. Among the most common experiences reported by those who have passed through the hands of these companies are the collective euphoria, the signs of thunderous cries, with applause and obeisances to the leaders.

      “They train you to stop being yourself because personal opinions do not count; you just have to limit yourself to repeating, ” says Dominguez. If you do not get the proposed results, then “you are failing”. This is how they play with the worker’s conscience. The manipulation techniques are so drip-down that even the captured ones are not able to realize what they are doing with them.

      Con la crisis azotando la economía española y millones de ciudadanos buscando empleo en un yermo laboral surgen, como la mala hierba, empresas que buscan hacer negocio con la engañosa promesa de una oferta laboral. La desesperación es el caldo de cultivo para la proliferación de las sectas comerciales y de su deshonesta búsqueda de dinero fácil.

      Dependencia psicológica, ocupación completa del tiempo, distanciamiento del entorno familiar y social, alienación del individuo en favor del grupo, seguimiento de un líder y adoctrinamiento. Cualquiera de estas pautas nos puede poner sobre la pista de una secta comercial, cuyo objetivo es el lucro mediante la venta y comercialización de productos que están al límite de la legalidad.


      Algunos testimonios de personas que han trabajado como distribuidores cuentan que el nivel de exigencia dentro de estas entidades va incrementándose por parte de todos los miembros del equipo, controlados y supervisados por el líder con asistencia innegociable a eventos, talleres y presentaciones públicas. Entre las experiencias más comunes que relatan quienes han pasado por las manos de estas empresas son la euforia colectiva, las muestras de compadreo estruendosas, con aplausos y reverencias a los líderes.

      “Te entrenan para dejar de ser tú mismo porque las opiniones personales no cuentan; sólo tienes que limitarte a repetir”, señala Domínguez. Si no consigues los resultados propuestos, entonces “estás fallando”. Así juegan con la conciencia del trabajador. Las técnicas de manipulación son tan a cuenta gotas que ni los propios captados son capaces de darse cuenta de lo que están haciendo con ellos.

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