Gurdjieff 1920



That Gurdjieff was a powerful and charismatic teacher who employed unusual and challenging teaching methods is indisputable.

But doubts have been raised about the provenance of his provocative teaching style and use of role-playing and blameworthy behaviour.

Did Gurdjieff cross an ethical line in his dealings with some students by his confrontational behavior and excessive demands or was he always acting in the best interests of his pupils?



Powerful and Magnetic Personality

(updated 2017/03/10)

Personal Power and Presence
Power of Attention and Awareness
Psychic and Hypnotic Powers
Personality Worship

Deception and Role-Playing

(updated 2017/03/10)

Secrecy and Deception
Manipulating Atmosphere and Environment
Playing Roles
The 'Path of Blame'

Challenges and Difficulties for Students

(updated 2020/07/17)

Experimentation with Students and Others
Physical Demands
Emotional Demands
Financial Demands
Aim and Purpose of Testing Students

Individual and Group Work

Gurdjieff's Teaching Style
Group Work
Individual Work
Teaching Children
Gurdjieff's Presence and Being

Negative Effects on Students

(upated 2017/04/21)

Adverse Consequences of Gurdjieff's Methods
Questions and Doubts
Separation From Gurdjieff
Ouspensky's Break with Gurdjieff