Do we all value patriarchy so highly that we’ve never examined the limitations of these beliefs and values?Indeed, I think that there are many unquestioned gurus, many limiting beliefs that we do not seek to examine, and many values embedded within personal development teachings that we do not make explicit.
A generation of men and women who are desperately seeking ways to navigate the ever-more-complex worlds of gender, relationship, and career are taking his advice on everything from dating, to how to structure their workdays for maximum productivity, and even how tall of a desk to purchase.
(By the way, I used to co-host a podcast called Conscious Business. Pagan would not have made even the longest of potential guest lists.) Pagan’s claim to fame is that his information product businesses—mostly patriarchal dating advice—make $20 million a year.
Pick-up artist Eben Pagan made his internet millions explicitly teaching men that , and teaches tactics to secretly control women through sophisticated psychological manipulation.
Why is this not regularly questioned by conscious people in our personal development community when we claim to investigate “limiting beliefs” and clarify our values on a regular basis?
You must be authentic like a “real man” is authentic, as in Pagan’s bonus DVD “The Real Man’s Guide to Money and Success.” Clearly you are not a “real” man unless you value—and have—lots of money and worldly success.
To not be rich and powerful is to be emasculated, to be a woman.Pagan writes and speaks under the pseudonym “David De Angelo,” chosen because the information product marketers believe alliteration sells more ebooks.Pagan has been teaching others this path to “success” with 00 marketing courses.Other “conscious capitalists” include folks like T.Harv Ecker, who teaches the cultivation of greed and the celebration of hegemony in his “free” introductory workshop (which is structured as a highly manipulative pitch for his very expensive advanced workshops).Ecker encourages workshop participants to scream things like “I love rich people!