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Start Clean and Stay Clean
As systemic psychology becomes more popular, we need to
examine, clarify and minimize any risk of cultism or cult-like behavior. We offer many
innovative and powerful formats for our coaching and counseling, and we want to
use those formats both
ethically and appropriately.
Our systemic psychology represents
integrity, choice and freedom. Many cults represent conflict, obsession
and bondage. As our systemic work gains international recognition,
integrity can be our compass and vigilance our responsibility.
Leaving a Cult
Scott Peck made an analysis of communities and
cults that offers a useful format for examining an organization's authority,
individuality and spirituality.
1. Charismatic Founder
A “charismatic founder” is characteristic of organizations - and
cults. It is hard to develop a group of leaders, and although consensus
decision-making may sound nice, it is usually ineffective. We encourage
independence, not only for organizational health but because we avoid
2. Inner Circle
An “Inner Circle” is characteristic of organizations – and cults.
Every large political party, corporation, university, church, etc has an
inner circle. We are creating a professional service organization - and we
do not want it to be revered. We are fortunate to have the friendship and
mentorship of people from many countries, each with proven
expertise in key areas.
3. Management Secrecy
Secrecy is characteristic of organizations – and cults. Many details of your
government are shrouded in secrecy. Corporations in your country protect their
commercial secrets. We plan for our work will remain transparent;
although we support privacy and we will attempt to control information that can
be misused by untrained people.
4. Financial Openness
Financial evasiveness is characteristic of organizations – and cults.
Financial secrecy may contaminate our role. We advocate financial
Authoritarian leadership is characteristic of organizations – and
cults. It encourages members to become or to remain dependent. We
encourage our graduate coaches to be independent.
Conformity is characteristic of organizations – and cults. Consider
militaries and large companies such as IBM. We encourage
individuality and we appreciate diversity.
7. Special Language
A “specialized language” is characteristic of organizations – and cults.
Groups that work together often develop jargon. Consider psycho-babble
and medi-babble. Such jargon can become a secret language. While we use some unusual systemic terms – we strive to
keep our terms simple, clear and easy to understand.
8. Dogmatic Doctrine
Norms and doctrines are characteristic
of organizations– and cults. In cults, theories became dogma. Our systemic
psychology discerns between ideas and what can be readily demonstrated.
9. Doing good
Some cults are obsessive and distrust individual excellence. We distrust
obsession and we applaud excellence. Our work is based on integrity.
Instead of asking people to have faith, we repeatedly demonstrate
whatever we describe.
10. Relationship with God
Some cults claim to define God. We minimize religious and esoteric
concepts throughout our coaching, counseling and therapy. We provide
experiences, demonstrations and exercises that allow people to explore what
works and reject what is not effective - regardless of any dogma.
We encourage people to fulfill their goals of
happiness and well-being.
We do not support goals that appear illegal, immoral or that hurt children.
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