“Teen Mom 2” star Leah Messer has apparently joined a California self-help group called Mastery In Transformational Training, or MITT. The group has been under fire for allegedly being a cult.
Messer has been posting images to social media in which she references the group. Here’s one caption she used:
“A powerful, strong, trusting force we are! I love each and every single one of you!! You can count on my word! Each one of you have changed my life and we will forever be connected!! I AM A POWERFUL, CONNECTED, INSPIRATIONAL LEADER! I LOVE ALL OF YOU!”
Roscrans Baldwin wrote a story for GQ last year detailing what it’s like to be in MITT.
“Lights out, we kneeled on the ground while visualizing ourselves digging through a junkyard. The ‘garbage’ was broken promises: promises that had been made to us by our family and friends; promises we’d made to them and ourselves.”
This place doesn’t sound good. It sounds more like mind games are being played, that push people to their breaking point.
“Meanwhile, the staff played sappy songs by Cat Stevens and Whitney Houston at very loud volume to rock us weepy—they did this frequently to stoke our emotions—and on top of it all, Aunt Lydia would shout, ‘Who promised to love you? Who promised to keep you safe? Maybe you were abused as a child! Maybe you were sexually abused! Who broke their promise to you? Keep digging!’ Slowly but surely, young women bawled. Old men rocked in place. A personal trainer pounded the floor with clenched fists.”
MITT is based on a company called Lifespring, which has had its own share of troubles. Six people have died while undergoing Lifespring training, including one man who jumped into a river, even though he didn’t know how to swim.
Thankfully, your local garden-variety gym likely does not carry this training program.