What is Landmark jargon?
We are all professionals
who each interact with people from many different
backgrounds and professions. One commonality is that
each trade and profession has a unique use of language
and vocabulary. For example the field of psychology has
hundreds of terms that are unique and essential to
conveying and communicating ideas, concepts and
distinctions of this field of study.
Landmark uses some language particular to their
field -- key words and phrases that support their
teaching technique and allow people to consider and
grasp new ideas and ways of viewing things.
Here are examples of a few of Landmark’s key
terms/phrases and descriptions from
Landmark’s syllabus, which can be found on
Already Always Listening™
While we think of
ourselves as open-minded and objective, in fact our
approach to ourselves, our circumstances, and others
is often filtered and even obscured by pre-existing
notions and ideas – by our upbringing, our values,
our past experiences. These filters (which are
already and always there) profoundly color our
relationships with people, circumstances, and even
ourselves. An awareness of these filters, and
recognition of the striking limits that they impose,
allows for a refreshing freedom.
Circle suggests that it is a human tendency to
collapse what happened; with the story we tell about
what happened. This collapsing happens so fast, it
becomes hard to separate the two, and we think of
them as one and the same. Almost immediately, and
certainly over time, the story we tell ourselves
becomes the way it is – the reality we know. It
limits what is possible in our lives, robbing us of
much of our joy and effectiveness. When we are able
to separate what happened from our story or
interpretation, we discover that much of what we
considered already determined, given and fixed, may
in fact not be that way. Situations that may have
been challenging or difficult become fluid and open
to change. We find ourselves no longer limited by a
finite set of options, and able to achieve what we
want with new ease and enjoyment.
Rackets are defined as
an unproductive way of being or acting that includes
a complaint that something shouldn’t be the way it
is. Often, we don’t notice that while our complaints
may seem justified, even legitimate, there is a
certain payoff – some advantage or benefit we are
receiving that reinforces the cycle of behavior. At
the same time, this way of being has steep costs,
whether in our vitality, affinity, self-expression,
or sense of fulfillment.
By recognizing this pattern, its costs, and how we
have been keeping the pattern in place, we have the
choice to interrupt the cycle and discover new ways
of interacting that lead to new levels of happiness,
satisfaction, and fulfillment in the areas of life
that are most important to us.
We take for granted that things “are” a
particular way. To effect change, we tend to go to
work on altering circumstances, the people around
us, even ourselves. In Landmark courses, however,
participants explore the difference between change
and transformation. Change is essentially a
comparison to something that previously existed. By
its very nature, change is past-based. Essentially,
change yields more, better, or different from what
came before. Transformation, on the other hand, is
an act of bringing forth or inventing. It is
something created, and is inherently expansive and
What other people say:
People have commented that Landmark’s terminology was
created to exclude those who had not participated in
We find that assertion preposterous!
Clearly, anything new requires a certain learning curve.
And given Landmark publishes and defines these phrases
on their very own website, we hardly think they are
seeking to create some exclusive, insider-only language.
People do not need to be protected from a few new words
or new meanings.
Just as people unfamiliar with computers might find the
lingo of bits and bytes impenetrable or even off-putting
until they learn what the terms are referencing, people
who participate in Landmark’s programs learn and use the
specialized vocabulary to avail themselves of new ways