I'm so glad to see that I'm not the only person creeped out by Landmark.
The strangest conversation I had was with some guy who put a massive series of seminars on his credit card. I had gone on 2 dates with him and it just didn't work out (but we were still friends.) When he wanted to start a "new life" they told him he had to go work out all the loose ends. So I couldn't get rid of him for two hours while he wanted to discuss a relationship that had never happened. He dredged up every single interaction we had ever had and wanted to analyze it. I nearly shot him.
He was worrying how he was going to pay for the next forum. I told him to wait and save up for it rather than go into debt. He said that his "friends" told him this was a terrible idea and that his life wouldn't improve without it. He put $2000 on his credit card so he could listen to a 4 hour talk on improving his finances. I'll say that was effective!
Months later, he was paying it off (and paying masses of interest on top of it.) I asked him if he had made all the changes he wanted to make. What would you know - while this massive fantastic seminar made him realize that his life COULD be better, he had no clue how to make actual changes in his behavior. He was still stuffed in credit card debt, in a dead-end job, no fulfilling romantic relationships, etc.
He said, "Well at least it's cheaper than therapy."
Nuh uh. He paid between $100-$200 per hour for those sessions. He had perfectly good insurance that would have charged him a $20 co-pay for a therapist who could help him set up actual behavior changes. If he had gone to a state financial or job counselor, it would have been free at his income level.
Wouldn't you know his best friend stopped talking to him when he reached his credit limit. Some of my other friends who were suckered by this "friend" said, "He wasn't bad. He dressed so well! He was so nice. He opened our eyes!" Yeah, any professional user does that. And from what they told me (when they thought I was going to drop money on this thing) it wasn't anything that I couldn't get from reading a classic self-help book.
For some reason, I have never met another person who thought Landmark was evil. (Though many people haven't heard of it.) I'm glad I've run into others who think it's shady.