There is "good control" and "bad control." The difference between them is certainty and uncertainty.Most people are not aware of how much Scientology is about control.
L. Ron Hubbard
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This is not emphasized in their literature, nor broadcast when they are trying to sell you things, but much of their technologies are about control -- how to control others.
You will notice, in the quote from L. Ron Hubbard, above, and in all teachings of Scientology, that nothing is said, and nothing is taught about ethical control. "Good" control is defined as effectively getting others to carry out your wishes, no matter what those wishes are, no matter what the other person might wish.
Let's look at specific examples.
The "Communications" Course
The Scientology Communications Course, which is one of their introductory courses, is promoted as teaching a person how to "communicate effectively". This course utilizes Hubbard's "TR Drills" to do this. These TR Drills are done on many courses as one trains on Scientology technologies.
And what are the goals of these TR Drills? The TRs are there to specifically and only teach a person how to get their commands complied with or get their questions answered. Period. They have no other purpose.
How to have a normal conversation? Not taught. How to create a friendly environment where normal conversations can take place? Not taught. How to make people feel at ease and draw them out? Not taught.
No, the Communications Course and all courses that utilize the TRs are only teaching a person how to control others through communication.
Hubbard's Tone Scale
Here is a simplified version of the Tone Scale:
4.0 EnthusiasmMany people have now seen this scale. The emotions are pretty easy to understand, but what's with all those numbers?
1.1 Covert hostility
It's all about control. Hubbard created and taught his tone scale as a method of controlling others. No more, no less. Hubbard taught that, if you assumed a "tone level" that was .5 to 1.0 above another's tone, you could control them, and make them do what you want. Or, you could assume a "tone level" .5 to 1.0 below their tone to drive them "down tone" and make them ineffective.
It's all about control.
The "ARC Triangle"
L. Ron Hubbard taught that Affinity, Reality and Communication were the three corners of this ARC Triangle. When dealing with others, if you raised one, you would automatically raise the other two. If you lowered one, you would automatically lower the other two.
In other words, the purpose of this "ARC Triangle" is to control others.
The only way to control people is to lie to them.Scientologists are taught, from very early on, not to tell non-Scientologists all about Scientology. Don't talk about past lives. Don't talk about "space opera". Don't talk about OT. Scientologists are carefully coached as to what to say and how to say it. And what not to say.
L. Ron HubbardOn Control and Lying
They call this "acceptable truths", "shore stories", "communicating at the proper 'reality level'" and other such euphemisms for lying.
Scientologists are told such lying is necessary because, otherwise, the public wouldn't respond correctly and wouldn't come in. In other words, Scientologists are taught to tell lies in order to control the public and bring them in.
It's all about control
There are many, many other examples of this in Scientology. Hubbard taught that there were many key phrases to cave a person in -- so you could control them. Hubbard said that certain images from OT III materials would control people and cause them to be unable to resist buying his books. Hubbard believed in positioning as a way to secretly control the way people thought about Scientology so that they would react favorably, without facts and without logic.
Control is a major part of Scientology. Controlling people. Controlling you.
So, when you are trying to have a conversation with a Scientologist, they are using "communication" to control you. When you try to be open about your emotions with a Scientologist, they are figuring out which "tone level" to use to control you. They are working to manipulate your affinity, reality and communication to control you.
And, when you are looking for the truth, Scientologists are trying to figure out which "acceptable truth" to tell you -- to control you.
Hopefully, this will help people understand why talking with Scientologists so often seems artificial, stilted, awkward and non-sequitur. Scientologists have had all their natural social skills replaced with Scientology techniques for control.