Coldwell and Wink target vulnerable women with IBMS Master's Society "coaching"
“Will you step into my parlor?” said the spider to the fly;
“’Tis the prettiest little parlor that ever you did spy.
The way into my parlor is up a winding stair,
And I have many pretty things to show when you are there.”
Can you say "blatant targeting of vulnerable women," boys and girls? The above screen shot apparently was posted recently on the Facebook page of one of Not-Doctor Leonard Coldwell's proteges, business partners, and fellow freedom fighters, Abe Husein. It was also shared by a Facebook participant who calls himself Jared Schlehuber, not to be confused with the baseball player. Here's that one:
But apparently Peter didn't post this on his own page.
Now, given that the IBMS Master's Society is run by "Supreme Partners" Peter Wink and Lenny Coldwell, can anybody write a brief essay on why this type of relationship "coaching" is a really, really bad idea?
Here is a link to get you started.
From what I have seen, Lenny has a penchant for targeting women who are in circumstances that render them particularly vulnerable -- e.g., young, naive, inexperienced, abused, lonely, self-esteem-challenged, or emotionally unbalanced in some way. Or perhaps married, with children whose welfare the women feel they must protect at all costs. Many seem to be in some way susceptible to his manipulation, and intimidated by his threats regarding what he will do if they "tell."
I have to wonder why this post by Peter Wink, if it is in any way well-intentioned, is targeted to women. After all, many men are in abusive relationships too -- relationships in which they are abused emotionally or even physically by their intimate partner, whether that partner is a woman or a gay male lover. (Lenny likes to make fun of gays, though, according to reports from people who have been to some of his live events. Whether that's a cover-up for latent tendencies or just ugly prejudice is anyone's guess.)
Frankly, this is one of the most blatant and disgusting posts ever written in the short time that the IBMS Master's Society scam has been in operation.
But it is not really surprising. After all, look at one of the scheme's poster children, Amy Chappell, whose big contribution to the IBMS franchise and the Lenny Coldwell mythos seems to be a series of heartfelt confesstimonials* about "the ones who have to go." In Amy's case, the ones who had to go from her life were, at one time, her parents -- see this September 2012 presentation -- although apparently she now has a surrogate momma, whom she met at Lenny's horsey camp in January 2013. In a testimonial on one of the horsey camp videos, Surrogate Momma referred to Amy as "my baby." (Note: Previously I erroneously referred to this woman as Amy's mother, but apparently Amy really has abandoned her birth parents in favor of the Coldwell cult.)
But I digress. By posting that Facebook link targeting women, Peter has, in my opinion, taken another giant step towards proving that he has no conscience, despite his earlier attempts to paint himself as a heroic advocate for women (particularly single moms). Call me naive, but even at this point, I would have thought better of him.
And now, dear little children, who may this story read,PS ~ If you really are in an abusive relationship, there are many other resources to which you can turn. If you are in the US or Puerto Rico, start here.
To idle, silly, flattering words, I pray you ne’er give heed;
Unto an evil counselor close heart, and ear, and eye,
And take a lesson from this tale of the Spider and the Fly.
PPS added 5 March 2013: Will the exploitation never end? A friend of mine just alerted me to the fact that Peter Wink posted the targeted IBMS promo on a Facebook page for abused women, the Battered Women's Legal Advocacy Project. Fortunately, as you'll see, his comment was countered by someone who provided this very useful link.
PPPS added 6 March 2013: Bernie weighs in on "Unqualified therapists looking for young, abused women."
* Props to Salty Droid for coining the word "confesstimonials."
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