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Another tool drawn from the body of Scientology and commonly used in everyday life is the Emotional Tone Scale. Codified from many, many hours of exhaustive testing and observation, the Tone Scale plots emotions in an exact ascending or descending sequence. Until Mr. Hubbard’s examination of this matter, emotions were something we all suffered or enjoyed, but never fully understood.
Have you ever attempted to raise the spirits of someone mourning a recent loss with a cheerful word? The response is usually a fresh outpouring of tears.
Or have you known someone whose outlook and response to life is a chronic apathy, no matter what is happening around him? The person seems to be in good health, has a loving family and an enviable job, but nothing makes any difference. The person just is not interested.
The Tone Scale precisely illuminates what is occurring with individuals such as these, how to best communicate with them and how to help them.
One can find himself or any individual on this Tone Scale and thus know how, using Scientology, he may best be moved up to the higher tones where increased beingness, competence, self-esteem, honesty, well-being, happiness and other desirable attributes are manifested.
The Tone Scale below is a numerical scale (scaled to show relative position). The vast majority of emotional tones a person experiences can be found somewhere on this scale.
40.0 Serenity of Beingness
3.3 Strong Interest
2.9 Mild Interest
1.15 Unexpressed Resentment
1.1 Covert Hostility
0.375 Making Amends
0.0 Body Death
By knowing a man’s level on the scale, much can be determined about his attitudes, behavior and survival potential.
0.05 to 2.0
When a man is nearly dead, he can be said to be in chronic apathy. And he behaves in certain specific ways. This is 0.05 on the Tone Scale chart.
When a man is chronically sad about his losses, he is in grief. And, once again, he behaves in a predictable manner. This is 0.5 on the chart.
When a person is not yet so low as grief but realizes losses are impending he is in fear and around 1.0 on the chart.
Just above fear, past or impending losses generate hatred in the person. However, he dare not express this as such, so the hatred comes forth covertly. This is 1.1, covert hostility.
An individual fighting against threatened losses is in anger and manifests predictable aspects of behavior. This is 1.5.
The person who is merely suspicious that loss may take place or who has become fixed at this level, is resentful. He is in antagonism, which is 2.0 on the chart.
2.0 to 4.0
Above antagonism, a person’s situation is not good enough for him to be enthusiastic, not bad enough for him to be resentful. He has lost some goals and cannot immediately locate others. He is said to be in boredom or at 2.5 on the Tone Scale chart.
At 3.0 on the chart, a person has a conservative, cautious aspect toward life but is reaching his goals.
At 4.0 the individual is enthusiastic, happy and vital.
Very few people are naturally at 4.0 on the Tone Scale. A charitable average is probably around 2.8.
Chronic versus Acute Tone
This scale has a chronic or an acute aspect. A person can be brought down the Tone Scale to a low level for ten minutes and then go back up. Or he can be brought down for ten years and not go back up.
A man who has suffered too many losses and too much pain tends to become fixed at some lower level of the scale and, with only slight fluctuations, stays there. Then his general and common behavior will be at that level of the Tone Scale.