How often have you heard someone say, “I don’t understand him”? Sometimes irrational, unforeseen acts seem to be the norm among our fellows. The fact is, there has never been a workable method to invariably predict human behavior—until now.
L. Ron Hubbard developed just such a method, and it is applicable to all men, without exception.
With this data, it is possible to accurately predict the behavior of a potential spouse, a business partner, employee or friend – -before you commit to a relationship. The risks involved in human interaction can be avoided entirely or minimized when you can infallibly predict how people will behave.
By understanding and using the information in this chapter, all aspects of human relationships will become more productive and more fulfilling. You’ll know who to associate with, who to avoid, and you will be able to help those who are mired in uncomfortable situations with others. Imagine knowing, after a very short time, how people will behave in any given circumstance. You can. Each and every time.
The Tone Scale
The Tone Scale—a vital tool for any aspect of life involving one’s fellows—is a scale which shows the successive emotional tones a person can experience. By “tone” is meant the momentary or continuing emotional state of a person. Emotions such as fear, anger, grief, enthusiasm and others which people experience are shown on this graduated scale.
Skillful use of this scale enables one to both predict and understand human behavior in all its manifestations.
This Tone Scale plots the descending spiral of life from full vitality and consciousness through half-vitality and half-consciousness down to death.
By various calculations about the energy of life, by observation and by test, this Tone Scale is able to give levels of behavior as life declines.
These various levels are common to all men.
When a man is nearly dead, he can be said to be in a chronic apathy. And he behaves in a certain way about other things. This is 0.05 on the Tone Scale.
When a man is chronically in grief about his losses, he is in grief. And he behaves certain ways about many things. This is 0.5 on the scale.
When a person is not yet so low as grief but realizes losses are impending, or is fixed chronically at this level by past losses, he can be said to be in fear. This is around 1.0 on the scale.
An individual who is fighting against threatened losses is in anger. And he manifests other 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 can be said to be in antagonism. This is 2.0 on the scale.
Above antagonism, the situation of a person is not so good that he is enthusiastic, not so bad that he is 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.
At 3.0 on the scale, 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 natural 4.0s. A charitable average is probably around 2.8.
You have watched this scale in operation before now. Have you ever seen a child trying to acquire, let us say, a nickel? At first he is happy. He simply wants a nickel. If refused, he then explains why he wants it. If he fails to get it and did not want it badly, he becomes bored and goes away. But if he wants it badly, he will get antagonistic about it. Then he will become angry. Then, that failing, he may lie about why he wants it. That failing, he goes into grief. And if he is still refused, he finally sinks into apathy and says he doesn’t want it. This is negation.
A child threatened by danger also dwindles down the scale. At first he does not appreciate that the danger is posed at him and he is quite cheerful. Then the danger, let us say it is a dog, starts to approach him. The child sees the danger but still does not believe it is for him and keeps on with his business. But his playthings “bore” him for the moment. He is a little apprehensive and not sure. Then the dog comes nearer. The child “resents him” or shows some antagonism. The dog comes nearer still. The child becomes angry and makes some effort to injure the dog. The dog comes still nearer and is more threatening. The child becomes afraid. Fear unavailing, the child cries. If the dog still threatens him, the child may go into an apathy and simply wait to be bitten.
Every person has a chronic or habitual tone. He or she moves up or down the Tone Scale as he experiences success or failure. These are temporary, or acute, tone levels. A primary goal of Scientology is to raise a person’s chronic position on the Tone Scale.
Objects or animals or people which assist survival, as they become inaccessible to the individual, bring him down the Tone Scale.
Objects, animals or people which threaten survival, as they approach the individual, bring him down the Tone Scale.
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 it for ten years and not go back up.
A man who has suffered too many losses, 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.
Just as a 0.5 moment of grief can cause a child to act along the grief band for a short while, so can a 0.5 fixation cause an individual to act 0.5 toward most things in his life.
There is momentary behavior or fixed behavior.
The full Tone Scale starts well below apathy. In other words, a person is feeling no emotion about a subject at all. An example of this was the American attitude concerning the atomic bomb; something about which they should have been very concerned was so far beyond their ability to control and so likely to end their existence that they were below apathy about it. They actually did not even feel that it was very much of a problem.
Feeling apathetic about the atomic bomb would be an advance over the feeling of no emotion whatsoever on a subject which should intimately concern a person. In other words, on many subjects and problems people are actually well below apathy. There the Tone Scale starts, on utter, dead null far below death itself.
Going up into improved tones one encounters the level of body death, apathy, grief, fear, anger, antagonism, boredom, enthusiasm and serenity, in that order. There are many small stops between these tones, but one knowing anything about human beings should definitely know these particular emotions. A person who is in apathy, when his tone is improved, feels grief. A person in grief, when his tone improves, feels fear. A person in fear, when his tone improves, feels anger. A person in anger, when his tone improves, feels antagonism. A person in antagonism, when his tone improves, feels boredom. When a person in boredom improves his tone, he is enthusiastic. When an enthusiastic person improves his tone, he feels serenity. Actually the below apathy level is so low as to constitute a no-affinity, no-emotion, no-problem, no-consequence state of mind on things which are actually tremendously important.
The Tone Scale in Full
Characteristics on the Tone Scale
The area below apathy is an area without pain, interest, or anything else that matters to anyone, but it is an area of grave danger since one is below the level of being able to respond to anything and may accordingly lose everything without apparently noticing it.
A workman who is in very bad condition and who is actually a liability to the organization may not be capable of experiencing pain or any emotion on any subject. He is below apathy. We have seen workmen who would hurt their hand and think nothing of it and go right on working even though their hand was very badly injured. People working in medical offices and hospitals in industrial areas are quite amazed sometimes to discover how little attention some workmen pay to their own injuries. It is an ugly fact that people who pay no attention to their own injuries and who are not even feeling pain from those injuries are not and never will be, without some attention from a Scientologist, efficient people. They are liabilities to have around. They do not respond properly. If such a person is working a crane and the crane suddenly goes out of control to dump its load on a group of men, that subapathy crane operator will simply let the crane drop its load. In other words, he is a potential murderer. He cannot stop anything, he cannot change anything and he cannot start anything and yet, on some automatic response basis, he manages some of the time to hold down a job, but the moment a real emergency confronts him he is not likely to respond properly and accidents result.
Where there are accidents in industry they stem from these people in the subapathy tone range. Where bad mistakes are made in offices which cost firms a great deal of money, lost time and cause other personnel difficulties, such mistakes are found rather uniformly to stem from these subapathy people. So do not think that one of these states of being unable to feel anything, of being numb, of being incapable of pain or joy is any use to anyone. It is not. A person who is in this condition cannot control things and in actuality is not there sufficiently to be controlled by anyone else and does strange and unpredictable things.
Just as a person can be chronically in subapathy, so a person can be in apathy. This is dangerous enough but is at least expressed. Communication from the person himself, not from some training pattern is to be expected. People can be chronically in grief, chronically in fear, chronically in anger, or in antagonism, or boredom, or actually can be “stuck in enthusiasm.” A person who is truly able is normally fairly serene about things. He can, however, express other emotions. It is a mistake to believe that a total serenity is of any real value. When a situation which demands tears cannot be cried about, one is not in serenity as a chronic tone. Serenity can be mistaken rather easily for subapathy, but of course only by a very untrained observer. One glance at the physical condition of the person is enough to differentiate. People who are in subapathy are normally quite ill.
On the level of each of the emotions we have a communication factor. In subapathy an individual is not really communicating at all. Some social response or training pattern or, as we say, “circuit” is communicating. The person himself does not seem to be there and isn’t really talking. Therefore his communications are sometimes strange to say the least. He does the wrong things at the wrong time. He says the wrong things at the wrong time.
Naturally when a person is stuck on any of the bands of the Tone Scale-subapathy, apathy, grief, fear, anger, antagonism, boredom, enthusiasm or serenity-he voices communications with that emotional tone. A person who is always angry about something is stuck in anger. Such a person is not as bad off as somebody in subapathy, but he is still rather dangerous to have around since he will make trouble, and a person who is angry does not control things well. The communication characteristics of people at these various levels on the Tone Scale are quite fascinating. They say things and handle communication each in a distinct characteristic fashion for each level of the Tone Scale.
There is also a level of reality for each of the levels of the Tone Scale. Reality is an intensely interesting subject since it has to do, in the main, with relative solids. In other words, the solidity of things and the emotional tone of people have a definite connection. People low on the Tone Scale cannot tolerate solids. They cannot tolerate a solid object. The thing is not real to them; it is thin or lacking weight. As they come up scale, the same object becomes more and more solid and they can finally see it in its true level of solidity. In other words, these people have a definite reaction to mass at various points on the scale. Things are bright to them or very, very dull. If you could look through the eyes of the person in subapathy you would see a very watery, thin, dreamy, misty, unreal world indeed. If you looked through the eyes of an angry man you would see a world which was menacingly solid, where all the solids posed a brutality toward him, but they still would not be sufficiently solid or sufficiently real or visible for a person in good condition. A person in serenity can see solids as they are, as bright as they are, and can tolerate an enormous heaviness or solidity without reacting to it. In other words, as we go up the Tone Scale from the lowest to the highest, things can get more and more solid and more and more real.
Observing the Obvious
The Tone Scale is an extremely useful tool to help predict the characteristics and behavior of a person. But to do this well you must be able to recognize a person’s position on the scale at a glance.
The Tone Scale is very easy to apply on a casual basis for some acute tone. “Joe was on a 1.5 kick last night.” Sure, he turned red as a beet and threw a book at your head. Simple. Mary breaks into sobs, and grabs for the Kleenex, easily recognizable as grief. But how about a person’s chronic tone level? This can be masked by a thin veneer of social training and responses. Such is called a social tone. It is neither chronic, nor acute, but is a reflection of the person’s social education and mannerisms adopted to present himself to others. How sharp and how certain are you about that? Take a person that you are familiar with. What, exactly, is his chronic tone?
There is a word “obnosis” which has been put together from the phrase, “observing the obvious.” The art of observing the obvious is strenuously neglected in our society at this time. Pity. It’s the only way you ever see anything; you observe the obvious. You look at the isness of something, at what is actually there. Fortunately for us, the ability to obnose is not in any sense “inborn” or mystical. But it is being taught that way by people outside of Scientology.
How do you teach somebody to see what is there? Well, you put up something for him to look at, and have him tell you what he sees. An individual can practice this on his own or in a group situation, such as a class. One simply selects a person or object and observes what is there. In a classroom situation, for instance, a student is asked to stand up in the front of the room and be looked at by the rest of the students. An instructor stands by, and asks the students:
“What do you see?”
The first responses run about like this:
“Well, I can see he’s had a lot of experience.”
“Oh, can you? Can you really see his experience? What do you see there?”
“Well, I can tell from the wrinkles around his eyes and mouth that he’s had lots of experience.”
“All right, but what do you see?”
“Oh, I get you. I see wrinkles around his eyes and mouth.”
The instructor accepts nothing that is not plainly visible.
A student starts to catch on and says, “Well, I can really see he’s got ears.”
“All right, but from where you’re sitting can you see both ears right now as you’re looking at him?”
“Okay. What do you see?”
“I see he’s got a left ear.”
No guesses, no assumptions will do. For example, “He’s got good posture.”
“Good posture by comparison with what?”
“Well, he’s standing straighter than most people I’ve seen.”
“Are they here now?”
“Well, no, but I’ve got memories of them.”
“Come on. Good posture in relation to what, that you can see right now.”
“Well, he’s standing straighter than you are. You’re a little slouched.”
“Right this minute?”
The goal of such drilling is to get a student to the point where he can look at another person, or an object, and see exactly what is there. Not a deduction of what might be there from what he does see there. Just what is there, visible and plain to the eye. It’s so simple, it hurts.
You can get a good tip on chronic tone from what a person does with his eyes. At apathy, he will give the appearance of looking fixedly, for minutes on end, at a particular object. The only thing is, he doesn’t see it. He isn’t aware of the object at all. If you dropped a bag over his head, the focus of his eyes would probably remain the same.
Moving up to grief, the person does look “downcast.” A person in chronic grief tends to focus his eyes down in the direction of the floor a good bit. In the lower ranges of grief, his attention will be fairly fixed, as in apathy. As he starts moving up into the fear band, you get the focus shifting around, but still directed downward.
At fear itself, the very obvious characteristic is that the person can’t look at you. People are too dangerous to look at. He’s supposedly talking to you, but he’s looking over in left field. Then he glances at your feet briefly, then over your head (you get the impression a plane’s passing over), but now he’s looking back over his shoulder. Flick, flick, flick. In short, he’ll look anywhere but at you.
What a person does with his eyes can help you spot his position on the Tone Scale.
Then, in the lower band of anger, he will look away from you, deliberately. He looks away from you; it’s an overt communication break. A little further up the line and he’ll look directly at you all right, but not very pleasantly. He wants to locate you-as a target.
Then, at boredom, you get the eyes wandering around again, but not frantically as in fear. Also, he won’t be avoiding looking at you. He’ll include you among the things he looks at.
Equipped with data of this sort, and having gained some proficiency in the obnosis of people, a person can next go out into the public to talk to strangers and spot them on the Tone Scale. Usually, but only as a slight crutch in approaching people, a person doing this should have a series of questions to ask each person, and a clipboard for jotting down the answers, notes, etc. The real purpose of their talking to people at all is to spot them on the Tone Scale, chronic tone and social tone. They are given questions calculated to produce lags and break through social training and education, so that the chronic tone juts out.
Here are some sample questions used for this drill: “What’s the most obvious thing about me?” “When was the last time you had your hair cut?” “Do you think people do as much work now as they did fifty years ago?”
At first, the persons doing this merely spot the tone of the person they are interviewing-and many and various are the adventures they have while doing this! Later, as they gain some assurance about stopping strangers and asking them questions, these instructions are added: “Interview at least fifteen people. With the first five, match their tone, as soon as you’ve spotted it. The next five, you drop below their chronic tone, and see what happens. For the last five, put on a higher tone than theirs.”
What can a person gain from these exercises? A willingness to communicate with anyone, for one thing. To begin with, a person can be highly selective about the sort of people he stops. Only old ladies. No one who looks angry. Or only people who look clean. Finally, they just stop the next person who comes along, even though he looks leprous and armed to the teeth. Their ability to confront people has come way up, and a person is just somebody else to talk to. They become willing to pinpoint a person on the scale, without wavering or hesitating.
They also become quite gifted and flexible at assuming tones at will, and putting them across convincingly, which is very useful in many situations, and lots of fun to do.
Being able to recognize the tone level of people at a single glance is an ability which can give a tremendous advantage in one’s dealings with others. It is a skill well worth the time and effort to acquire.
Suggestions for Further Study
L. Ron Hubbard wrote a considerable amount about the Tone Scale and the Hubbard Chart of Human Evaluation. Many of his writings and hundreds of his lectures amplify the data in this chapter and provide a complete understanding of this basic of human relationships. Anyone desiring greater ability to interact with people is advised to study the following:
The first book ever written which provides definite techniques to improve memory, speed reaction time, handle psychosomatic illness and reduce stress. The reader assesses his condition with a battery of tests before starting and then launches into an analysis of his past guided by specific and easily followed directions. Offers the means to self-discovery through a series of more than twenty Scientology processes designed to give an individual the clearest look he has ever had into his past.
Special Course in Human Evaluation
A one-week course which contains different written materials and ten of Mr. Hubbard’s lectures on the Tone Scale and how to use it in different aspects of life. With the data and demonstrations and exercises, this course results in someone who, through the application of the Tone Scale and the Hubbard Chart of Human Evaluation, can accurately evaluate and predict human behavior. (Delivered in Scientology organizations.)
Science of Survival
Built around the most advanced version of the Hubbard Chart of Human Evaluation, this authoritative text contains the most complete description of human behavior ever written. A chapter is devoted to each column of the chart and clarifies the seeming confusion of human conduct into definite categories.
One can use the book to accurately predict what another will do in any situation in life, even those with whom one has not had extensive prior experience. Developed for use by Scientology practitioners, this Tone Scale technology has been used for more than forty years by persons in a wide range of professions. Millions of other people use the book simply to understand people better and improve their relationships.
I think the most essential thing for an artist, in order to develop and mature, is to get information that he or she can use in terms of communication skills and in terms of affinity and reality with people. The Tone Scale is invaluable wisdom for any artist. I think Scientology is essential. It’s been the most practical tool for me to have. I love being a Scientologist. I’m proud to have parents and grandparents who are Scientologists. I love being an individual and expressing myself and Scientology has enabled me to do that.
Singer, Songwriter & Actress
Scientology makes people free, sane and able. It makes it possible to be more oneself, with the ability to create and change anything being a natural and expected phenomenon. It puts you at cause over your life and makes it easy for you to take responsibility not only for your own life, but for the world.
Scientology is sanity and if people who aren’t in Scientology knew just how sane their lives could be, they would run to find out about it.
I have always been a fairly happy person. From the time I was a boy I knew the difference between right and wrong. What I didn’t understand was why others did not. I’ve seen so many people, some very close to me, do things so obviously contrary to life and happiness. When I began to study Scientology, these “unknowable“ things suddenly became very simple to understand.
I now have a very broad understanding of people and of life. With that, I help people every day, help them answer questions for themselves.
People see that things are going well for me and usually want to know why I don’t have the same problems others do. My answer is always the same, “Scientology.”
In other philosophies, my questions would get answered to some degree, but then I would have a follow-up question and there would be no answer. The logic would dead-end. In Scientology you can find answers for anything you could ever think to ask. These are not pushed off on you as, “This is the answer, you have to believe in it.” In Scientology you discover for yourself what is true for you.
No one is telling you. You gain your own knowledge of what is true for you. And so your ability to communicate, your ability to be certain about yourself and to know what your purposes, intentions and goals are, become much stronger. Scientology is about regaining total cause over your own life.
The single greatest thing that studying Scientology has done for me is that it’s helped me become freer. Freer to create life as I want to, without being thrown off from my objectives. One of the first simple successes was that I learned to handle and remove my own self-imposed barriers and restraints. Through further study, my ability to handle life around me also increased. This freedom has been hard won, but the rewards are great.
My study of Scientology has also enabled me to write more music. I have become quicker and am able to use all of the musical abilities that I already have. I gained a new understanding of what the proper importances are in the process of creating music.
Scientology has helped me to live better. Using the basic principles of Scientology has become a natural way of life for me. From Scientology I’ve gotten a freedom to learn whatever I want to learn in life and I’m gaining new abilities all the time.
Musician & Composer
I am no longer stuck in the bottomless pit of despair and apathy. Having achieved the state of Clear is the single most important thing that I’ve done for myself. It has allowed me to experience life in a way I only imagined.
Lisa Marie Presley
L. Ron Hubbard researched man and has carefully and precisely mapped a route out of the madness, misery and unwanted conditions one can encounter in life. When applied exactly, the technology produces incredible results. Those results are very definite and eternal.
Were it not for Scientology, I would either be completely insane or dead by now. I am forever grateful for the technology of Scientology and to Mr. Hubbard who dedicated his life to helping man and this planet, as well as to the people who have dedicated their lives to helping others through Scientology.
Lisa Marie Presley
To tell you the honest-to-God truth: without Scientology, I would be dead. So, I can personally highly recommend it.
Scientology is the gateway to eternity. It is the path to happiness and total spiritual freedom. Until one has experienced the technology of Scientology it’s unlikely that one will ever experience these wonderful discoveries. I know because it has worked for me. The more time and effort I invest, the more I receive. I highly recommend it.
Musician & Actor
In January of 1975 I was working on my first film in Durango, Mexico. There I met an actress who gave me the book Dianetics. During the five weeks we were filming she gave me some auditing sessions and applied some basic principles. That was when I became involved in Dianetics â€“ because it worked.
When I returned to the United States I began Scientology training and auditing. My career immediately took off and I landed a leading role on the TV show “Welcome Back Kotter” and had a string of successful films. I have been a successful actor for more than twenty years and Scientology has played a major role in that success.
I have a wonderful child and a great marriage because I apply L. Ron Hubbard’s technology to this area of my life.
As a Scientologist, I have the technology to handle life’s problems and I have used this to help others in life as well.
I would say that Scientology put me into the big time.
The main thing that has really impressed me about Scientology is that there is the most brilliant tech for anything and everything in your life. I’ve become a more powerful individual with increased abilities. I never even conceived that I could experience these kinds of gains prior to Scientology.
There is a way to handle every part of life with Scientology, and a way to exist that is far beyond any dream that you could ever dream. All of my dreams keep becoming realities and that’s very exciting!
Through Scientology, things happen a lot quicker. What used to take weeks or months sometimes happens in days or even minutes!
Life is at my fingertips and with Scientology I’ve found I can have or be whatever I want.
I started in Scientology in 1977 and soon realized the data contained in Scientology would make a huge difference in my life. All the courses and auditing have been extraordinarily enlightening and valuable. My wife and I use Scientology to create a wonderful marriage. In fact, I’m sure there’s not a day that I don’t apply what I’ve learned in Scientology dozens (and probably hundreds) of times in a variety of ways.
Scientology is such a key part of my life today that it really constitutes an approach to living that is optimum for me as an individual, as a member of a family, as a member of the groups I belong to, and as a citizen of the world.
Scientology founder L. Ron Hubbard was a great man. We should all be thankful for the insights and knowledge he made available for all people.
TV Producer & Director
For many years I was looking for a spiritual path and answers. After studying many other methods and philosophies I found Dianetics and Scientology. It was different than other things I had studied because it didn’t make some other part of existence responsible for the state of one’s life. In the works of L. Ron Hubbard, you find that you are responsible for and the total cause of your own life. In other words you are the one who has it in your hands to make the decisions that determine what direction your life will go. With Dianetics I have come to believe in myself and in the strength of my own decisions.
I would like people to know that this technology is simple. Anyone can apply it in life and see the changes. It works in any part of life where it is used.
Singer, Actress & Composer
There is a certain aspect of Scientology that helped me stay on my own path in creating life as a new game.
It is important to be able to handle the different considerations and viewpoints of those around you about your career and your life — about your dreams. These things become the subject of other people’s opinions and intentions, both good and bad.
Scientology has given me certainty of myself. I have the ability to comfortably communicate with anyone in any situation and be certain of my own goals.
I sought out other solutions, I tried other philosophies and never found one that really indicated the truth to me. Scientology presented precepts to me that really made me feel like I had found, at last, the guidelines that I had been searching for.
Before Scientology I had one dream of making a living, doing voice-overs for animation. After I became a Scientologist my abilities expanded so far and above what I originally dreamed for myself that I’ve amazed even myself at my enormous increase of abilities.
I’ve won an Emmy, a platinum and a gold album. I’ve written and starred in a one–woman show and I have a bright future as a producer.
I’ve got two beautiful children, an incredibly supportive husband, a staff working with me for the same future dreams and goals, and all of this is because I became a Scientologist.
Actress, Writer & Producer
I have been acting since age 4. I have always been working and I have always been in Scientology my entire life. (I was born into it.) Each service in Scientology is something I have added to my tool box of data for living.
The Purification Rundown lifted a cloud off my head and enabled me to think and see clearly.
Before I finished another level of Scientology auditing, I had a very hard time with being wrong and I always had to have my own way – and not in a good sense. After auditing, I was able to have my thoughts, communicate them and not have to be right all the time.
Then the Life Orientation Course defined even more clearly what I needed to do to stay on target with my goals and not waver into other things.
I have to say that one of the most important things Scientology has given me is the ability to keep my integrity together. I understand how people can get into unethical situations, and Scientology has always helped me keep my head clear and be in present time. I have been able to see situations for what they are.
Scientology has been my road out. There is nothing about my life that I feel apathetic or unhappy about. Scientology gives you hope and the certainty that you can improve any condition. This, to me, is priceless.
The wins that I’ve had with Scientology coincide directly with the rise in my career. It’s hard to pick out any one specific piece of tech, suffice it to say that I as an artist was surrounded with nonsurvival considerations, actions and valences – all of my own making. Through my use of Scientology technology I have eradicated most of these things and continue to eradicate them, giving me more freedom and intention to create into the future. And, by the by, a great deal more altitude, a more inclusive point from which to view life – past, present and future.
I wish to acknowledge Ron’s brilliant work, benevolence and stick-to-it-ness. He never gave up and I am thankful and happy to be a recipient of that knowledge.
I live life and I have a great time. If something starts to get me down, I have the tools in Scientology to handle it. These are actual tools to handle life and make it better.
Scientology is simple. The better you know something the more capable you become. And when that something is yourself, things get better and the quality of life improves. Scientology has helped me realize the full range of my potential and ability as an artist and a person. I am more productive and better able to handle responsibility. At the same time I feel a greater sense of freedom and appreciation of life. I am a happier person in my marriage, my career and my associations with others.
Scientology saved my life. I have always won at life, but never to my full potential. Since I’ve been in Scientology, I have a whole new career and I have a new life. And best of all, I have the knowledge to make it happen.
Before Scientology I succeeded a lot, but I also bombed out a lot. When I found Scientology I was not working much and I was personally very unhappy in life. I did not have the knowledge or the tech to get out of that condition or even that I was in a condition to get out of. Now I have the knowledge to create for myself the life I want.
Karen Nelson Bell
Ever hear the advice “Just be yourself”? What if you don’t know who that is? With the tools in Scientology, I finally answered that question for myself and I can promise you that I really do know exactly WHO I AM and what that means. Then there’s the maxim “You’re your own worst enemy.” What if you don’t want to be, but can’t figure out how to accomplish that? Scientology showed me why that happens and how to replace the negative with ease. And what I love the most is that no one told me what to think or what to do, they just gave me the tools to answer the questions for myself.
Karen Nelson Bell
An aspect of Dianetics I really like is the auditing itself. It’s amazing to feel light and feel the burden lifted. My hearing and my eyesight improved. I remember seeing a map on the wall in a room I was being audited in, and one day I looked at this map and saw every little letter clearly. I used to have to take a magnifying glass and look at those letters.
I would take more than a few words to tell how much Scientology has helped me during the past twenty-seven years. Life continues to improve to the extent that I continue using Scientology techniques. By now, I’ve achieved most of the life goals I’ve set at various points over the years and continue to reach for bigger ones. In recent years, after becoming a more highly trained counselor, I have been able to help others rid themselves of unwanted emotional burdens. This, in addition to being able to bring better art to people, is one of the greatest pleasures in life.
Composer & Arranger
My life is infinitely better since my first introduction to Scientology. Before Scientology, I was on an emotional “roller coaster.” Anytime I’d win at something or gain a moment of happiness, if it was on a Tuesday, you could predict that by Wednesday I’d be down in the dumps again. This “up and down and up and down” was such a point of upset and hopelessness for me that I finally resigned myself to the fact that this was something I was going to have to live with for the rest of my life.
In 1988, as a result of Scientology auditing, this phenomenon ceased for all time. I was shocked. I couldn’t believe it. I was no longer on the “helpless” receiving end of life. I am resilient, strong, more self-assured and most importantly, more able to handle what I encounter.
Physical aches and pains I’d associated with writing my songs have vanished. On stage, I feel much more creative and I am enjoying myself more up there.
My awareness of, interest in and love for other people has risen markedly and the more I study Scientology, the more I feel like I’m coming out of a long, deep sleep. What a relief!
Songwriter & Recording Artist Michael D. Roberts
Michael D. Roberts
In my career Scientology is the thing that has made it possible to be in show biz for more than 25 years. I love the people, I love the work. Scientology has helped me to handle the everyday problems of life, handle confusions and keep my goals focused. It has made my life fulfilling as an actor, father and American citizen and has made it possible for me to fulfill my own American Dream. Being a Scientologist has clarified knowing what freedom really is.
Michael D. Roberts
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The main thing that has really impressed me about Scientology is that there is the most brilliant tech for anything and everything in your life. I’ve become a more powerful individual with increased abilities. I never even conceived that I could experience these kinds of gains prior to Scientology.
In January of 1975 I was working on my first film in Durango, Mexico. There I met an actress who gave me the book Dianetics. During the five weeks we were filming she gave me some auditing sessions and applied some basic principles. That was when I became involved in Dianetics – because it worked.
This glossary contains the Dianetics and Scientology terms appearing in What Is Scientology?
Definition: aberration: a departure from rational thought or behavior. It means basically to err, to make mistakes, or more specifically to have fixed ideas which are not true. The word is also used in its scientific sense. It means departure from a straight line. If a line should go from A to B, then if it is aberrated it would go from A to some other point, to some other point, to some other point, to some other point, to some other point, and finally arrive at B. Taken in this sense, it would also mean the lack of straightness or to see crookedly as, for example, a man sees a horse but thinks he sees an elephant. Aberrated conduct would be wrong conduct, or conduct not supported by reason. When a person has engrams, these tend to deflect what would be his normal ability to perceive truth and bring about an aberrated view of situations which then would cause an aberrated reaction to them. Aberration is opposed to sanity, which would be its opposite. From the Latin, aberrare, to wander from; Latin, ab, away, errare, to wander.
Definition: ABLE: an acronym for Association for Better Living and Education International.
Definition: action phrases: word phrases contained as part of the content of engrams which dictate some type of “action” in the mind.
Definition: affinity: the degree of liking or affection or lack of it. It is the feeling of love or liking for something or someone.
Definition: affinity-reality-communication (ARC) triangle: a triangle which is a symbol of the fact that affinity, reality and communication act together to bring about understanding. No point of the triangle can be raised without also raising the other two points, and no point of it can be lowered without also lowering the other two points.
Definition: analytical mind: that part of the mind which one consciously uses and is aware of. It is the portion of the mind which thinks, observes data, remembers it and resolves problems.
Definition: antisocial personality: a person who possesses a distinct set of characteristics and mental attitudes that cause him to suppress other people in his vicinity. This is the person whose behavior is calculated to be disastrous. Also called suppressive person.
Definition: AO: abbreviation for Advanced Organization.
Definition: apparency: something that seems to be, that appears to be a certain way; something that appears to be but is different from the way it looks. In Dianetics and Scientology apparency is used to mean something that looks one way but is, in actual fact, something else. For example, a person “gives an apparency of health,” whereas he is actually sick. From the Latin, apparere, to appear.
Definition: ARC: a word coined from the initial letters of affinity, reality and communication.
Definition: ARC break: a sudden drop or cutting of affinity, reality or communication with someone or something. Upsets with people or things (ARC breaks) come about because of a lessening or sundering of affinity, reality or communication or understanding. Scientologists usually use the term ARC break instead of upset, because if one discovers which of the three points of understanding have been cut, one can bring about a rapid recovery in the person’s state of mind.
Definition: assessment: an auditing technique which helps to isolate specific areas or subjects on which a preclear has charge so that they can be addressed in auditing.
Definition: auditing: Scientology counseling, taken from the Latin word audire which means “to hear or listen.” Auditing is a very unique form of personal counseling which helps an individual look at his own existence and improves his ability to confront what he is and where he is.
Definition: Auditing by List: a technique used in certain auditing procedures.
Definition: auditor: a minister or minister-in-training of the Church of Scientology. Auditor means one who listens, from the Latin audire meaning “to hear or listen.” An auditor is a person trained and qualified in applying auditing to individuals for their betterment. An auditor does not do anything to a preclear, he works together with the preclear to help the preclear defeat his reactive mind.
Definition: beingness: the assumption or choosing of a category of identity. Beingness can be assumed by oneself or given to oneself or attained. Examples of beingness would be one’s own name, one’s profession, one’s physical characteristics, one’s role in a game – each or all of these could be called one’s beingness.
Definition: Book One: a colloquial term for the first book published on the subject of Dianetics, Dianetics: The Modern Science of Mental Health. A Book One Auditor is someone who knows the data in this book and uses it to audit others.
Definition: case: a general term for a person being treated or helped. It is also used to mean the entire accumulation of upsets, pain, failures, etc., residing in a preclear’s reactive mind.
Definition: case gains: the improvements and resurgences a person experiences from auditing; any case betterment according to the preclear.
Definition: Case Supervisor: a highly trained auditor who is also trained in the technology of supervising auditing. The Case Supervisor reviews all auditing sessions done by auditors under his charge. His purpose is to see that the technology is standardly applied for the greatest possible benefit for the preclear.
Definition: CCHR: abbreviation for Citizens Commission on Human Rights.
Definition: charge: harmful energy or force contained in mental image pictures of experiences painful or upsetting to the person, which is handled in auditing.
Definition: Claims Verification Board: an official group within the Church of Scientology which facilitates refund requests.
Definition: Clay Table Processing: a particular process used in certain types of auditing.
Definition: Clear: a highly desirable state for the individual, achieved through auditing, which was never attainable before Dianetics. A Clear is a person who no longer has his own reactive mind and therefore suffers none of the ill effects that the reactive mind can cause. The Clear has no engrams which, when restimulated, throw out the correctness of his computations by entering hidden and false data.
Definition: control: the ability to start, change and stop something. One is successful in his life to the degree that he can start or change or stop the things and people within his environment. For example, a driver who cannot exert control over a car by making it start, move about and stop when he wants it to is quite likely to have accidents. A person who can control a car, on the other hand, will be able to arrive where he intends to.
Definition: counter-effort: an effort of something or someone in a person’s environment against that person.
Definition: C/S: abbreviation for Case Supervisor. Also used to designate a Case Supervisor direction of what to audit on a preclear (as in “he was given a new C/S”), or the giving of such a direction by the Case Supervisor (as in “the preclear was C/Sed for his next action”). See also Case Supervisor in this glossary.
Definition: CSI: abbreviation for Church of Scientology International.
Definition: Data Series: a series of policy letters written by L. Ron Hubbard which deal with logic, illogic, proper evaluation of data and how to detect and handle the causes of good and bad situations within groups and organizations.
Definition: determinism: the ability to direct or determine the actions of someone or something. Thus something done “on one’s own determinism” would be caused by the person himself, not by a force exterior to him.
Definition: Dianetics: comes from the Greek words dia, meaning “through” and nous, meaning “soul.” Dianetics is a methodology developed by L. Ron Hubbard which can help alleviate unwanted sensations and emotions, irrational fears and psychosomatic illnesses. It is most accurately described as what the soul is doing to the body through the mind.
Definition: dramatization: the acting out of an engram in its entirety or in part by an aberrated person in his current environment. Aberrated conduct is entirely dramatization. For example, a woman receives an engram in which she is kicked in the side and told that she is no good, that she is always changing her mind. At some time in the future, this engram could be reactivated and the woman might experience a pain in her side, feel that she is no good or get the idea that she is always changing her mind. This would be a dramatization of the engram.
Definition: dwindling spiral: a condition characterized by continuous worsening, decreasing or shrinking.
Definition: dynamics: the eight urges, drives or impulses of life.
Definition: E-Meter: short for Electropsychometer, a specially designed instrument which helps the auditor and preclear locate areas of spiritual distress or travail. The E-Meter is a religious artifact and can only be used by Scientology ministers or ministers-in-training. It does not diagnose or cure anything. It measures the mental state or change of state of a person and thus is of benefit to the auditor in helping the preclear locate areas to be handled.
Definition: engram: a recording made by the reactive mind when a person is “unconscious.” An engram is not a memory – it is a particular type of mental image picture which is a complete recording, down to the last accurate detail, of every perception present in a moment of partial or full “unconsciousness.”
Definition: enturbulence: turbulence or agitation and disturbance.
Definition: Est Repair Rundown: an auditing action designed to repair the damage done to a person mentally and spiritually by the practice of est (Erhard Seminars Training). Est was an offbeat group which used destructive techniques, and some people new to Scientology are found to have been previously involved with est. It is necessary to undo the harmful effects of est before such persons can make adequate progress in Scientology auditing.
Definition: exteriorization: the state of the thetan being outside his body with or without full perception, but still able to control and handle the body. When a person goes exterior, he achieves a certainty that he is himself and not his body.
Definition: floating needle: a rhythmic sweep of the needle on an E-Meter dial at a slow, even pace, back and forth, back and forth. A floating needle means that the charge on a subject being audited has dissipated, and is one of the indications of a process being complete.
Definition: FSO: abbreviation for Flag Service Organization.
Definition: FSSO: abbreviation for Flag Ship Service Organization.
Definition: genetic entity: a term coined in early Dianetics research to denote that part of a human being which takes care of the automatic mechanisms of the body, such as heartbeat, respiration, etc.
Definition: gradient: a gradual approach to something, taken step by step, so that, finally, quite complicated and difficult activities or concepts can be achieved with relative ease.
Definition: grant beingness: to let someone else be what he is. Listening to what someone has to say and taking care to understand them, being courteous, refraining from needless criticism, expressing admiration or affinity are examples of the actions of someone who can grant others beingness.
Definition: HASI: an acronym for Hubbard Association of Scientologists International.
Definition: hat: a Scientology slang term for a particular job, taken from the fact that in many professions, such as railroading, the type of hat worn is the badge of the job. The term hat is also used to describe the write-ups, checksheets and packs that outline the purposes, know-how and duties of a job in a Scientology organization.
Definition: hatting: the training given to a person so that he or she can successfully perform the functions and produce the products of a specific job, duty or activity. See also hat in this glossary.
Definition: havingness: the concept of being able to reach. By havingness we mean owning, possessing, being capable of commanding, taking charge of objects, energies and spaces. Specific processes exist in Scientology to help a preclear increase his havingness, and these are appropriately called Havingness Processes.
Definition: HCO: abbreviation for Hubbard Communications Office.
Definition: HGC: abbreviation for Hubbard Guidance Center.
Definition: Hubbard Consultant Outpoint-Pluspoint List: a list of illogics (outpoints) and logics (pluspoints) used in an auditing process to help the preclear locate and handle illogical thinking in the area being addressed.
Definition: lAS: abbreviation for International Association of Scientologists.
Definition: I HELP: an acronym for International Hubbard Ecclesiastical League of Pastors.
Definition: INCOMM: an acronym for International Network of Computer Organized Management.
Definition: int: short for interiorization, the action of going into something too fixedly and becoming part of it too fixedly. Int is also used to refer to the auditing procedure which handles the adverse mental and spiritual effects of interiorization.
Definition: invalidate: refute, degrade, discredit or deny something someone else considers to be fact.
Definition: knowledge-responsibility-control (KRC) triangle: a triangle which is a symbol of the fact that knowledge, responsibility and control act together as a whole entity. In order to handle any area of one’s life, it is necessary to know something about it, take some responsibility for it and control it to the degree necessary to achieve the desired result. This triangle interacts best when used with high ARC, thus it interlocks with the ARC triangle. See also affinity-reality-communication (ARC) triangle and control in this glossary.
Definition: Listing and Nulling: a specialized technique used in certain auditing processes.
Definition: lock: a mental image picture of an experience where one was knowingly or unknowingly reminded of an engram. It does not itself contain a blow or a burn or impact and is not any major cause of upset. It does not contain unconsciousness. It may contain a feeling of pain or illness, etc., but is not itself the source of it. For example, a person sees a cake and feels sick. This is a lock on an engram of being made sick by eating cake. The picture of seeing a cake and feeling sick is a lock on (is locked to) the incident (unseen at the moment) of getting sick eating cake.
Definition: mental image pictures: three-dimensional pictures which are continuously made by the mind, moment by moment, containing color, sound and smell, as well as other perceptions. They also include the conclusions or speculations of the individual. Mental image pictures are composed of energy, have mass, exist in space and follow definite routines of behavior, the most interesting of which is the fact that they appear when somebody thinks of something.
Definition: mest: a word coined from the initial letters of matter, energy, space and time, which are the component parts (elements) of the physical universe.
Definition: meter: short for E-Meter. See E-Meter in this glossary.
Definition: missed withhold: a withhold which has almost been found out by another, that leaves the person who has the withhold in a state of wondering whether or not his hidden deed is known. See also withhold in this glossary.
Definition: NCLE: abbreviation for National Commission on Law Enforcement and Social Justice.
Definition: NED: an acronym for New Era Dianetics.
Definition: New Era Dianetics for OTs (NOTs): a series of auditing actions, delivered as part of the OT levels, developed by L. Ron Hubbard during his research into New Era Dianetics in the late 1970s.
Definition: NOTs: an acronym for New Era Dianetics for OTs. See New Era Dianetics for OTs (NOTs) in this glossary.
Definition: Objectives: short for Objective Processing, an auditing action which helps a person to look or place his attention outward from himself.
Definition: OCA: abbreviation for Oxford Capacity Analysis.
Definition: Operating Thetan: a state of being above Clear, in which the Clear has become refamiliarized with his native capabilities.
Definition: organizing board: a pattern of organization which expresses every function a Scientology church needs to attend to in order to minister to its congregation.
Definition: OSA: an acronym for Office of Special Affairs.
Definition: OT: abbreviation for Operating Thetan. See Operating Thetan in this glossary.
Definition: overrun: continue an auditing process or a series of processes past the point of completion.
Definition: overt: a harmful act or a transgression against the moral code of a group. When a person does something that is contrary to the moral code he has agreed to, or when he omits to do something that he should have done per that moral code, he has committed an overt. An overt violates what was agreed upon. An overt can be intentional or unintentional.
Definition: pan-determined: able to view both sides. Pan-determinism is across determinism or determinism of two sides. If a person were playing both sides of a chess game, he would be exercising pan-determinism. See also determinism in this glossary.
Definition: PDH: abbreviation for pain-drug-hypnosis, a behavioral modification technique used by military and intelligence services in which pain, drugs or hypnosis, or any combination of these, are administered to drive an individual into a state whereby he can be given suggestions or commands subconsciously. Dianetics auditing can undo the effects of PDH. For more information,
Definition: perceptic: any sense message such as sight, sound, smell, etc.
Definition: postulate: a conclusion, decision or resolution made by the individual himself to resolve a problem or to set a pattern for the future or to nullify a pattern of the past. For example, a person says, “I like Model T Fords. I am never going to drive another car.” Years later, no longer consciously aware of this postulate, he will wonder why he is having so much trouble with his Buick; it’s because he has made an earlier promise to himself. In order to change he has to change that postulate.
Definition: potential trouble source: a person who is in some way connected to and being adversely affected by a suppressive person. Such a person is called a potential trouble source because he can be a lot of trouble to himself and to others. See also suppressive person in this glossary.
Definition: preclear: a person who is receiving Scientology or Dianetics auditing on his way to becoming Clear, hence pre-Clear. Through auditing he is finding out more about himself and life.
Definition: process: an exact set of questions asked or directions given by an auditor to help a person locate areas of spiritual distress, find out things about himself and improve his condition.
Definition: processing: another word for auditing. See auditing in this glossary.
Definition: PTS: abbreviation for potential trouble source. See potential trouble source in this glossary.
Definition: Qual: short for Qualifications Division.
Definition: RD: abbreviation for rundown. See rundown in this glossary.
Definition: reactive mind: that part of the mind which works on a totally stimulus-response basis, which is not under a person’s volitional control, and which exerts force and the power of command over his awareness, purposes, thoughts, body and actions.
Definition: reality: that which appears to be. Reality is fundamentally agreement — what we agree to be real is real.
Definition: rehab: short for rehabilitation, an auditing action which is used to help a person regain a former ability, state of being or more optimum condition which has been discredited, denied or suppressed.
Definition: restimulation: the “awakening” of an old engram, which occurs when a person’s present environment contains enough similarities to the elements found in the engram to cause a reactivation of it. When an engram is restimulated, a person can experience similar pains and emotions to those contained in the original incident.
Definition: R6EW: the designation for the auditing process used on Grade VI.
Definition: RTC: abbreviation for Religious Technology Center.
Definition: rundown: a series of related actions in Scientology which culminate in a specific end result. For example, the Drug Rundown consists of several different auditing processes and actions which, done fully and in sequence, result in the freeing of a person from the mental and spiritual effects of drugs.
Definition: Scientology: comes from the Latin scio, which means “know” and the Greek word logos, meaning “the word or outward form by which the inward thought is expressed and made known.” Thus, Scientology means knowing about knowing. Scientology is an applied religious philosophy developed by L. Ron Hubbard. It is the study and handling of the spirit in relationship to itself, universes and other life.
Definition: Sea Org: short for Sea Organization.
Definition: self-determinism: the condition of determining the actions of self; the ability to direct oneself. See also determinism in this glossary.
Definition: service facsimile: a consideration that one must be consistently in a certain state in order to survive. This consideration will cause the individual to deliberately hold in restimulation selected parts of his reactive mind to explain his failures in life. For example, a person may keep an old injury in restimulation so that his family has to look after him.
Definition: SHSBC: abbreviation for Saint Hill Special Briefing Course.
Definition: SMI: an acronym for Scientology Missions International.
Definition: SP: abbreviation for suppressive person. See suppressive person in this glossary.
Definition: stable terminal: someone who is reliable, responsible and who can be depended upon to competently perform the duties of his job.
Definition: standard memory banks: recordings in the analytical mind of everything perceived throughout the lifetime up to the present by the individual except painful emotion and physical pain, which are recorded in the reactive mind.
Definition: suppressive person: a person who possesses a distinct set of characteristics and mental attitudes that cause him to suppress other people in his vicinity. This is the person whose behavior is calculated to be disastrous. Also called antisocial personality.
Definition: theta: energy peculiar to life which acts upon material in the physical universe and animates it, mobilizes it and changes it; natural creative energy of a being which he is free to direct toward survival goals. The term comes from the Greek letter theta (Theta), which the Greeks used to represent thought.
Definition: thetan: an immortal spiritual being; the human soul. The term soul is not used because it has developed so many other meanings from use in other religions and practices that it doesn’t describe precisely what was discovered in Scientology. We use the term thetan instead, from the Greek letter theta (Theta), the traditional symbol for thought or life. One does not have a thetan, something one keeps somewhere apart from oneself; one is a thetan. The thetan is the person himself, not his body or his name or the physical universe, his mind or anything else. It is that which is aware of being aware; the identity which IS the individual.
Definition: time track: the consecutive record of mental image pictures which accumulates through a person’s life. It is a very accurate record of a person’s past. As a rough analogy, the time track could be likened to a motion-picture film — if that film were three-dimensional, had fifty-seven perceptions and could fully react upon the observer.
Definition: TRs: abbreviation for training routines, practical drills which can greatly increase a student’s ability in essential Definition: auditing skills, such as communication.
Definition: unmock: become nothing, disappear, cease to exist.
Definition: whole track: the whole span of the time track. See also time track in this glossary.
Definition: WISE: an acronym for World Institute of Scientology Enterprises.
Definition: withhold: an overt a person has committed but is not talking about; an unspoken, unannounced transgression against a moral code by which a person was bound. Any withhold comes after an overt. See also overt in this glossary.
Definition: WW: abbreviation for Worldwide – the worldwide headquarters of the Church of Scientology at Saint Hill, where management was located until the early 1970s.