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Est (Erhard Seminars Training : 60 Hours That Transform Your Life) Hardcover – March, 1976

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  • Series: Erhard Seminars Training : 60 Hours That Transform Your Life
  • Hardcover: 181 pages
  • Publisher: Harpercollins; 1st edition (March 1976)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0060105623
  • ISBN-13: 978-0060105624
  • Product Dimensions: 8 x 5.3 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #42,258 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Format: Hardcover
This is truly the best book for anyone who is interested in what the experience of est was to, not just an Average Jane, but one with a Psychology degree. It will also greatly inform you on what the Landmark Forum is like, except that there have been some format changes since est. What makes the book so fascinating is that Adelaide Bry includes all of her doubts and misgivings about est, Werner and the process, and takes responsibility for them and explains what she gets out of having her doubts and how they affect her life, how they hold her back.
For those of you, who are skeptical, this is the best book to read because so was she! She takes you through the training in a remarkable way that describes the experience without really giving anything away. She shares what she got and how it impacted her and then includes chapters on est in the prisons, on Werner himself and many short pieces by graduates. Her research is tremendous and you put it down having as clear an understanding of est and Landmark as there is.
As someone who has gone through the Landmark Forum and many of its succesive courses, I can say that it is quite simply one of the most extraordinary experiences you will ever have. Sure, you could say it's weird that everybody comes out so happy and that it costs too much and that you have to sit for so long in one spot. What you should know is that it challenges us in every way we know. That we can only sit still for a certain period of time. That we know everything about ourselves. That we're a good judge of character. Everything. The Landmark Forum and est before it are never about changing your views. Because change implies that your views are somehow bad and they're going to make them good.
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Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
I took the Landmark Forum 8 years ago. I found this book to be a fairly unbiased psychological and practical review of the forum. Though this book pertains to the EST program, many even comparisons could be made to today's Landmark Forum and Advanced Course (Est took place over two weekends, and the Forum and Advanced are one weekend each).

The book doesn't shy away from some of the controversial methods used in the forum. It also goes on to describe very interesting programs that included bringing EST to prison inmates and young children/teens. The book also brings Werner Erhard and his past up to full brink. The author takes the time to describe some of the advanced programs and seminars as well.

I've reviewed the forum twice in the past seven years. My wife has taken the course as well. This book felt like I took a full review for less then $8. It also helped expand the vocabulary and awareness Landmark has had on our personal relationship. The author, herself, states that people could read this book before taking the forum, but I think it's better to read as a follow up.
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Format: Hardcover
As a Landmark Forum graduate, I found this book to be very complementary to the training I have taken at Landmark Education. Many of my unanswered questions around the person of Erhard and the est training are now fully answered.
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Format: Hardcover
I attended the Landmark Forum in November, 2005. I've reviewed the course two more times in subsequent years. My wife just took the forum in January 2013. Though we both had, or rather "got", different experiences, this book helped explain some of the underlying principles we thought we understood. If nothing else, the book helped us bridge some of the gap of in communication we were continuing to have. We're on the same page (no pun intended).

In a nutshell, for less than $8, you get a great review of the Landmark Forum. Furthermore, this book helped explain the beginnings, including how the foundations of the program were laid out, along with the background on Ernhard. It helped answer many questions I've had over the past decade or so. I wasn't born when EST was having it's hay day, but it was awesome to learn what that experience must have felt like.

The Landmark Forum has done a terrific job separating itself, as an act of preservation, from the Ernhard controversies attached to EST. Suffice to say, many of his Zen quotes still survive to this day and are written throughout this book. Landmark maybe thriving in niche areas today, but to read about how the EST program was designed to work for young children, teenagers, and even prisoners was extremely profound. Furthermore, getting the viewpoint and some of the psychological terminologies and comparisons the the field helped put some of their techniques into solid, scientific, perspective.

Overall, I felt the book was fairly neutral. The author explains that she doesn't think this could be of hindrance to the experience of the forum, but I'd recommend reading this as an immediate follow up. Even if you haven't taken the forum, or are still considering it, the book has an insightful approach to looking at what your experience of life could be.
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Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
Now that Werner has been hiding out in Europe for over 20 years, it's very hard to find information about the Training. Whatever you may think, or have heard about Erhard, the EST training was enormously beneficial to thousands of people. He distilled many different teachings into a coherent program that fit the 70s and 80s perfectly. Not as dry as Dale Carnegie, not as warm and fuzzy as Tony Robbins, Erhard worked for me. Ms. Bry's book captures the experience about as well as any written document could. Since (unfortunately) you will never have the chance to "just be there" in person, snap up this book while it is still available!
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