Analysis of Michael Guen’s Five Star Reviews on Yelp
Let’s analyze some of the five star reviews that Michael received from Yelp from his followers. Here is the first one:
“I am enormously grateful for the work Michael does. Michael is a clinician, a doctor in psychology, and a lineage holder of an ancient Chinese tradition and life practice. His teachers in China passed on to him knowledge and tools that are unusually effective in their capacity to heal and transform people. My family and I have been seeing Michael for about 22 years. When I started working with him, my relationships were extremely dysfunctional. I had been in therapy already for four years to heal drug and alcohol addiction. While therapy helped me connect with my numbness and pain, it did not provide the strength and honesty I needed to change my relationships. Therapy led me to not speak with my father for three years, which caused great suffering for my family. Through working with Michael, I was able to view my life and relationships in an entirely different light. I began to heal my resentments and disappointments, which in turn helped me access my dreams and talents. When my father passed a few years ago, I felt love and compassion for him. My relationships with my husband and children have also healed and deepened and, I am grateful to say, the relationship I have with myself is completely different. Michael taught me to activate my own wisdom, find my authentic voice, and express it in my life. I highly recommend his services.”
Let me give you the context first. I had written a one star review of Michael Guen and soon afterward his loyal supporters posted five star reviews to counteract what I said. It was predictable that they would immediately defend him, as this is a behavior of the pseudo personality. Look at this review closely. First of all, why would someone work with a practitioner for twenty-two years? The goal of a therapist is to empower an individual to move forward with their lives and not be dependent upon him like she is on Michael Guen. They way she speaks about Michael Guen is similar to the way a devotee would talk about either a guru or a Messiah. She says that she is “enormously grateful” to him, as though she would do anything for him now. It is almost as though Michael Guen is a father figure to her and she owes her life to him. There’s a sense that she is in debt to him. Furthermore, she also uses jargon talk from the cult such as “activate my own wisdom” and “find my authentic voice.” This person has been encouraged by Michael to speak this way.
Here is the second review written by a longtime member:
“I have been an acupuncture client of Dr. Michael Guen’s for over twelve years. I too, used to prefer to go to women doctors, but consider myself EXTREMELY fortunate to have found Dr. Guen when I did. My regular doctors had all but given up on me; prescribing opiate derivatives, demerol shots and steroid injections for debilitating chronic pain that I was told I would likely suffer from for the rest of my life. Delving beyond my physical symptoms to life patterns, habits, and my relationships, Dr. Guen helped me to unlock and release years of suppressed unresolved issues, memories, and energy. As a result of my treatments my physical symptoms improved beyond my regular doctor’s, my family’s, and my expectations. Even more important, the work that I have done with Dr. Guen has helped me to gain clarity over other aspects of my life resulting in a deepening of my relationships and a willingness to live life more courageously. He has shown great generosity in the time and energy spent with me, and when I was in financial hardship he both deferred payment and offered a sliding scale. Dr. Guen has always been very professional and respectful. I have recommended him to family and friends. They have all reported positive experiences.”
If you compare the first review with the second one, they seem strangely similar. Once again, this person has seen Michael Guen for over twelve years. She has been “delving beyond (her) physical symptoms to life patterns, habits and relationships.” You can easily see the programming coming through in her speech. Over the years, she has been shaped by Michael Guen to say similar lines such as these. Because she will represent a spokesperson in “the work,” she will promote how much her relationships have changed. But in fact, I would be really curious to interview her family members and friends who have seen her “transformation.” In my own situation, my closest loved ones were afraid of speaking up and telling me what “changes” they really saw in me. They did not want to start an argument with me because back then, I would always defend him. This person’s loved ones may also believe that she is in a cult but they do not know what to do about it.
Each of these women fails to disclose how much money they have given Michael Guen over many years. In my case, it was a total of $55,000. Because their whole families are involved with “the work,” they have collectively spent hundreds of thousands of dollars. But what is the real price that they are paying? You are bound to this man who has supposedly saved your life. But in exchange, he wants your soul. It comes through in the form of devotion and what he calls “discipleship.” When I read the reviews of both of these women, I am very disheartened. They both are being taken advantage of Michael Guen, but they are not able to see it. My only hope is that someday, they too will break away from his influence. They truly believe that they will be teachers in his organization One Effort Living. But for now, they are captured under his spell.
– Ruth –
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