Archive for the 'Narcissism' Category

Jan 26 2010

What is the Mankind Project (MKP) and the Victories of the Heart (VOH)?

To the critical eye, there are many similarities and differences between these two men’s programs in purpose, organizational structure and culture, programs, size,  use of secrecy, nudity, forced silence, recruitment of psychotherapy clients as weekend participants, general recruitment, leadership, and impact of programs.

In some ways, comparing these two programs is like comparing New York City and a small neighborhood in western Montana.

MKP’s New Warrior Training Adventure has men’s centers around the world offering experiences to men of all walks of life. VOH offers programs only in Chicago and mostly to white middle-upper middle class men from the affluent North Shore.

MKP has dwarfed VOH in developing successful men’s programming and has an international impact. VOH may have had the same dreams, but they have not been realized, and likely, never will.

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Nov 05 2009

Colleen Conaway: Committed Suicide While Attending a James Ray Seminar in San Diego

Read about it here.

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Nov 05 2009

James Arthur Ray: Read His Smug, Hostile and Ignorant Views Toward Welfare and Health Care Reform and His Message of Extreme Personal Accountability for Everyone Else

Read his article here.

If you carefully evaluate the structure of his words and sentences, you will see that he is appealing to the ultra conservative, wealthy Americans who probably hate people on welfare.

Ray takes some very, very cheap shots at people on welfare, as well as people who are sick, need healthcare, or obese.

To him, these are all lazy people

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Nov 05 2009

Attachment, Psychological Influence and Mind Control

Would you stay in a sweat lodge where people around you are vomiting, passing out, and you are beginning to feel yourself losing consciousness?

It’s easy for us to say “no”, but people just as smart as us did not out in Arizona. Three of them died, and almost half of the other participants became very ill.

Mind control. These people weren’t taken into a room and hypnotized. They still had the ability to think and make decisions.

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Nov 05 2009

Preventable Sweat Lodge Deaths: The Ethical and Legal Problems of James Arthur Ray, Self-Help Guru

You may know by now the police are treating the three deaths in the Arizona sweat lodge led by James Arthur Ray as homicides.

Ray is not a licensed therapist of any kind, so he did not have the help of any professional ethical code to guide his behavior.

Whether he will ultimately be viewed as a huckster operating a sweat lodge wildly out of control or a thoughtful professional who led an experience where three people were killed accidentally remains to be seen.

There seems to be a lot of evidence right now pointing to the former possibility. Here are just a few of the ethical principals (see NASW Code Ethics) he may have violated:

  • Helping people in need to solve problems
  • Respect for the integrity and worth of human beings
  • Acting with integrity and competence as a professional

Also, here are a few ethical standards which he may have violated:

  • Commitment to the well-being of clients
  • Provide full explanation of services so client can make an informed decision about their participation
  • Competence in whatever service offered as demonstrated by completion of educational, training, and professional experience

Based on the information gathered from police, participants, James Arthur Ray and his

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Aug 04 2009

Victories of the Heart: Ethics of Marketing and Clinical Models (4)

Briefly, I am noting the positive effort of VOH to name the various psychotherapy models such as psychodynamic, cognitive therapy, jungian, and gestalt, upon which they base their programs.

Click here to read how the website description discusses these ideas.

While there is also a section “for only professionals“, I am only evaluating what is open and transparent to the public. I have already mentioned this “for professionals only” section seems like a bad idea, and some might call it elitist. It is bad marketing for sure.

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Jun 20 2009

Roy Eidelson, PhD., No Place to Hide: Torture, Psychologists, and the APA


There are many psychologists and other behavioral health professionals concerned about the use of torture by the United States during the last decade. For a 10 minute video by Roy Eidelson, PhD., President-Elect, Psychologists for Social Responsibility, summarizing these concerns, click here.

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Apr 14 2009

Pat Bowlen, Owner of the Denver Broncos and Josh McDaniels, New 32 Year Old Head Coach, “The Emperors With No Clothes” Fired by Jay Cutler

Ok, making the symbolism easy, Pat Bowlen and Josh McDaniels represent the shallow, narcissistic leaders in our world who have been exposed as the “emperors without clothes!”

I have really enjoyed this story. Just as McDaniels and Bowlen have been trying to manipulate Jay Cutler, treating him slightly less than a piece of property,

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Apr 05 2009

Ad Hominem Logic: The Denver Broncos Begin Damage Control or How You Explain Why a Potential Hall of Fame Quarterback Refuses to Play for Your New 32 Year Old Head Coach, Josh McDaniels

Damage control. It usually starts with finding ways to impugn the character of whoever is causing you trouble.  Ad Hominem Logic. I have talked about his before…it doesn’t matter what someone says, they are bad, so whatever they say is bad too. And don’t do it yourself. Have someone else spread the rumors…enter Stefan Fatsis.
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Apr 05 2009

Jay Cutler, Denver Broncos, and the Betrayal of Trust

Jay Cutler felt betrayed by the authority system in Denver, demanded a trade, and is now a Chicago Bear. The details are emerging slowly, but it seems the owner of the Broncos and their new 32 year old coach, Josh McDaniels, may not have been honest when speaking to Cutler. So, Cutler decided to cut bait and leave the team. Good for him!

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