Wednesday, November 9, 2016

MLM and Depression

Today's post is about two types of depression that can come from MLM. The first kind of depression is developed from the programming MLMers give consumers while they are installed in their system. Most people post about the roaring energy and excitement of the seminars and major events like the FED (Freedom Enterprise Days) from Amway, but they leave out the downswing in energy after the events are done. The second type of depression is more commonly described after people leave MLM, and have to deal with the wasted monetary resources, the lost or damaged relationships, and the emotional toll of being deceived.

Depression: Clinical depression goes by many names, such as “the blues,” biological depression, and major depression. But all of these names refer to the same thing: feeling sad and depressed for weeks or months on end — not just a passing blue mood of a day or two. This feeling is most often accompanied by a sense of hopelessness, a lack of energy (or feeling “weighed down”), and taking little or no pleasure in things that once gave a person joy in the past. (

The first kind of depression is extremely serious, because this depression develops from the brainwashing MLMers give to their downlines. Part of the reason people get enveloped in MLM is, the excitement and thrill of the events as well as the herd support. The other part is the comedown, which is similar to a drug, after the party meetings and seminars are done. After MLMers denigrate everything about life outside of MLM, it is extremely difficult to maintain a certain level of positive energy for typical daily tasks. Work becomes a chore, or worse a nightmare, because it is getting in the way of the guaranteed freedom. Family events and activities with friends also lose their thrill, because the only goal is to become successful in MLM. As the consumer gets more and more immersed in MLM, the worse and worse they feel when they are outside of the environment.

The second kind of depression comes from the escape from MLM. After they have programmed the consumer to hate and disregard everything unrelated to MLM it is extremely difficult for many consumers to reengage in society. There will be a level of anxiety and distrust in consumers that didn't previously exist, and there will be an irrational fear of bonding with other people. Consumers will have difficulty with their conscience and the amount of damage they had caused while involved in the business. Lost friendships and family will pay a heavy toll, as well as dealing with the personal deception.

Both types of depression are very powerful and very real. MLMers perpetrate serious permanent damage to their victims, and have caused many relationships to end. Consumers must be on guard when entering a business opportunity, and they must understand that a business opportunity is just that and nothing else.

If you have a story involving abuses from your upline and would like me to share it on this blog as a guest post, then please e-mail me and I will be more than happy to post it! Your stories are not as unique as you may think, and your stories are some of the most impactful resources we have to fight MLMs. I will keep your anonymity upon request.


  1. John - As you probably know, the technical/medical name for the co-ordinated devious techniques of social, psychological and physical persuasion (which have been present in blame-the-victim 'MLM income opportunity' cults, and inflicted on millions of transient adherents without their fully-informed consent), is a 'totalistic thought reform program.'

    This phrase was coined by Prof. Robert Jay Lifton - an American military psychiatrist (and author) who studied the effects of 'Communist' brainwashing on Americans held prisoner by the Chinese during the Korean War.

    In effect, Lifton began to formulate the universal system which historically has been used to dissociate human beings from external reality and drive them into a state of unthinking dependence and obedience.

    It is interesting to note that (following WWII) a code of ethics was drawn up which governs all forms of physical and psychological experimentation on human beings, and the USA has always been a signatory of this document.

    1. David,

      Thank you for introducing that term and the history related to the term. I'm not familiar with Lifton or this particular thought reform, my class history stems more from the DSM-V and counseling related courses.

      These subjects tend to be too dark for American classrooms. It is very uncommon for a class to teach history in anything other than rote memory form, and even worse, they dissociate the information from the history making it even harder to grasp. An example of this would be, learning dates and names of wars, generals or presidents, and how many people died, but the main content is left out.

      While I understand history can be difficult to teach, Americans tend to make it as unappealing as possible. I'm not sure if this is due to our government mandated rules, or if the teachers are inept, but the amount of history the average American knows is staggeringly low.

      I have heard from many people that said one or more of the following, "History is boring", "History is hard for me to grasp", "I hate history", "History is lame", "History is isn't important because it is in the past". I believe history is the most important subject, because as Winston Churchill stated, "Those who do not learn from history are doomed to repeat it.", and he thought those who lost the past were going to be the most thoughtless with everyday headlines and short views ( I believe his vision is coming to fruition as we speak.

    2. John - Robert Lifton is a very interesting (but quite difficult to read) author who has produced various important books on Totalistic cults including the 'Nazi Doctors.' He was influenced by the work of Eric Voegelin.

      I would describe Lifton as a psychiatrist, and original thinker, who witnessed the effects of totalism first hand whilst woking for the US military. He then worked out how the phenomenon functioned before applying his psychological insights to wider the study of 20th century history.

      Eric Voegelin ( a German academic working in Austria) personally witnessed the rise of the 'Nazi' phenomenon and published two important (but almost impossible to read) books in which he identified 'Italian Fascism,' 'Nazism' and 'Soviet Communsim' as 'political religions' with Messianic leaders peddling a form of Gnostic Paradise on Earth. This led to Voegelin fleeing the 'Nazi' regime and arriving in the USA, where he spent many years compiling a vast philosophical analysis of history. This remained unfinished when he died in 1985.

    3. David,

      I'm not sure if you have ever seen the movie, "The Matrix", but that is what this feels like. These people are plugged into a machine, and everything they see is an illusion that is constructed to meet their desires. It is amazing that very subtle psychological adjustments can completely altar a person and make them into a cog.


    1. The voluntary consent of the human subject is absolutely essential.
    This means that the person involved should have legal capacity to give consent; should be
    so situated as to be able to exercise free power of choice, without the intervention of any element
    of force, fraud, deceit, duress, over-reaching, or other ulterior form of constraint or coercion; and
    should have sufficient knowledge and comprehension of the elements of the subject matter
    involved, as to enable him to make an understanding and enlightened decision. This latter
    element requires that, before the acceptance of an affirmative decision by the experimental
    subject, there should be made known to him the nature, duration, and purpose of the experiment;
    the method and means by which it is to be conducted; all inconveniences and hazards reasonably
    to be expected; and the effects upon his health or person, which may possibly come from his
    participation in the experiment.
    The duty and responsibility for ascertaining the quality of the consent rests upon each
    individual who initiates, directs or engages in the experiment. It is a personal duty and
    responsibility which may not be delegated to another with impunity.
    2. The experiment should be such as to yield fruitful results for the good of society,
    unprocurable by other methods or means of study, and not random and unnecessary in nature.
    3. The experiment should be so designed and based on the results of animal experimentation
    and a knowledge of the natural history of the disease or other problem under study, that the
    anticipated results will justify the performance of the experiment.
    4. The experiment should be so conducted as to avoid all unnecessary physical and mental
    suffering and injury.
    5. No experiment should be conducted, where there is an a priori reason to believe that
    death or disabling injury will occur; except, perhaps, in those experiments where the
    experimental physicians also serve as subjects.
    6. The degree of risk to be taken should never exceed that determined by the humanitarian
    importance of the problem to be solved by the experiment.
    7. Proper preparations should be made and adequate facilities provided to protect the
    experimental subject against even remote possibilities of injury, disability, or death.
    8. The experiment should be conducted only by scientifically qualified persons. The highest
    degree of skill and care should be required through all stages of the experiment of those who
    conduct or engage in the experiment.
    9. During the course of the experiment, the human subject should be at liberty to bring the
    experiment to an end, if he has reached the physical or mental state, where continuation of the
    experiment seemed to him to be impossible.
    10. During the course of the experiment, the scientist in charge must be prepared to terminate
    the experiment at any stage, if he has probable cause to believe, in the exercise of the good faith,
    superior skill and careful judgement required of him, that a continuation of the experiment is
    likely to result in injury, disability, or death to the experimental subject.

  3. To John Doe's comment at 6:10 AM:

    The problem with teaching history (or any of the subjects that fall under the category of the humanities) is that they are subject to the personal bias and prejudice of the teacher. If you have a fanatical left-wing partisan teaching a history class (and our college faculties are filled with these leftist scum) you are going to get a variety of history that has little to do with actual facts. If a feminist teaches a history class, you're going to get a laughably absurd and skewed perspective on the material taught.

    I teach at a major research university in New York City I see that crap happen ALL THE TIME. Students come to complain to me (privately) that they can't stand a history or a literature class that is run by some leftist or liberal or feminist maniac. It's like being in a Communist re-education camp.

    Quite understandably, students don't like to be propagandized by leftists, liberals, and feminists. So more and more of them opt out of taking any history courses at all. And that is the real source of the historical ignorance that you complain about.

    1. Anonymous - I'm greatly encouraged by the fact that you are a professional academic blessed with common-sense and with the capacity to solve the 'MLM' enigma.

      For a long time I've approached the 'MLM' enigma from the (evidence-based) point of view that it is has been a largely-unrecognised (criminogenic) phenomenon of historic significance. Yet as far as I'm aware, not one professional academic has ever made an intellectually-rigorous attempt to examine this phenomenon and formulate it using only accurate deconstructed language.

      The first step towards understanding any problem, is to admit one's own ignorance of it. In my experience, the more-highly educated a person is: the less likely he/she is to want to admit ignorance of the cult phenomenon.

      Apart from the fact that they can be co-opted, another big criticism I have of professional academics, is that their thinking is invariably constrained by their own academic diciplines and habitual vocabulary.

      Thus, academics are perhaps the last peole on Earth who (starting from scratch) would be able to solve a reality-inverting cultic enigma like 'MLM' (which requires an observer to have significant understanding of many different diciplines: history, economics, law, psychology, etc.)

      Above all, the one quality which is required to see beyond cultic BS, is common-sense.

    2. BTW - To demonstrate what I was specifically referring to in my previous comment - the tragicomic jargon-laced document (linked below) was drawn up (at great expense to tax-payers) by a flock of European legal academics led by a certain Prof. Hans-W. Micklitz

      I have had the dubious pleasure of speaking with Prof. Micklitz. He informed me that his 'Direct/Pyramid Selling ' report of 1999 was the most difficult academic study he'd ever undertaken and that he hadn't fully-understood the factors distinguishing legal direct selling and illegal pyramid schemes.

      You will notice that Prof. Micklitz never makes this astonishing admission of confused ignorance in the report itself. Instead, Micklitz' study is a transparent pretence of intellectual authority by a group of demonstrable dunces with diplomas.

  4. It has been my experience, after nearly forty years as an academic, that the great majority of my colleagues at university will only make clear and unambiguous statements privately. In any public forum, or in their printed scholarship, they refuse to do so and will only express the most absurdly intricate and falsely nuanced and mindlessly noncommittal statements. This seems to be the case with Prof. Micklitz.

    This tendency has been exacerbated since the triumph in the 1980s and 90s of a silly pan-relativism and linguistic confusion that stems from French critical theory. You can't get my asshole colleagues to say anything clearly, much less decisively.

    1. Prof. Micklitz was a classic Turing-Test failure - incapable of facing the truth that he'd been easily-duped by 'MLM' cultic racketeers and their agents.

      When I asked Prof; Micklitz my habitual common-sense question:..

      Given the evidence, what would be your personal reaction to a member of your own family signing up with an 'MLM' front company?,

      ... he followed his noncommital programming and switched himself off (i.e. he suddenly "had a pressing appointment' and had to end our telephone conversation).

      Prof. Micklitz seems to have been under the malign influence of a French Legal academic, Prof. Henri Temple, who for years was closely-associated with (i.e. co-opted by) the so-called 'French Direct selling Association.' It's unclear if Micklitz received any financial inducements (directly or indrectly) from 'MLM' racketeers, but from his evasive behaviour towards me, it wouldn't surprise me in the least if he had.

      I have also spoken with Prof. Henri Temple. During our conversation, when Temple couldn't answer the most basic common-sense questions, ironically he told me that he considered me to be mentally ill for imagining 'MLMs' to be frauds and cults.

  5. Both Micklitz and Temple appear to be nothing but paid-up whores on retainer for MLM rackets. Why bother talking to them at all?

    1. Anonymous - Hindsight is a wonderful thing.

      In order to establish that Micklitz is/was a twit, it was necessary to speak with him.

      Temple, however, is/was an intellectual prostitute.

      I first ran into Temple at the trial of 'MLM' racketeers in France 16 years ago - where he made a reality-inverting appearance as a 'DSA' expert-witness assisting the prosecution.

      Again, at that time, it was necessary to speak with Temple to establish exactly what he was up to.