Why Some Call Teal Swan Dangerous
“People weren’t ready for that,” Swan says in The deep end, referring to critics who have described her as “narcissistic” at best and “dangerous” at worst. She calls her enemies the “festering wound” of her life.
Some critics point to one of the central aspects of his practice – helping people access supposedly repressed memories – as suspect in itself. Experts remain torn over the validity of these memories, whether real or imagined, and if it works sometimes, which result is more prevalent?
In her video response to episode three of The deep end, Teal said any scene involving their methods causing people to have false memories was the result of manipulative editing. “I’m very, very aware of the risk of false memory when it comes to memory work,” she said. “This is a module that I teach when I train my practitioners in the completion process.”
Planting false memories, Teal added, “is not only unethical, it’s downright dangerous and goes against everything I stand for.”
On the podcast and docuseries, Teal and her associates also acknowledge that some of her detractors have called her a “suicide catalyst” because more than one of her followers have taken their own lives.
Gateway referred to the death by suicide in May 2012 of Leslie Wangsgaardwho, with her husband, John, sponsored Teal’s first workshop in Salt Lake City in the late 2000s.