Why some call Teal Swan dangerous
“People weren’t ready for it,” says Swan The deep end, referring to the critics who have described her as a “narcissist” at best and “dangerous” at worst. She calls her haters the “festing sore” in her life.
Some critics point to one of the central aspects of her practice—helping people access supposedly repressed memories—as suspect in and of itself. Experts are torn about the validity of such memories, whether they are real or imagined, and if it sometimes works, which outcome is more common?
In her Video answer to episode three from The deep end, Teal said that any scene that suggests her methods cause people to have false memories is the result of manipulative editing. “I’m very, very aware of the risk of false memory when it comes to memory work,” she said. “It’s a module I teach when I train my practitioners in the graduation process.”
Planting false memories, Teal added, “is not only unethical, it’s downright dangerous and goes against everything I stand for.”
In the podcast and documentaries, Teal and her collaborators also admit that some of their critics have dubbed them a “suicide catalyst” because more than one of their followers took their own lives.
The gate brought up the death by suicide in May 2012 Leslie Wangsgardwho along with her husband John, Sponsored Teal’s first workshop in Salt Lake City in the late ’00s.