Scientology is an implant
Response to a posting on a.r.s.
Yes, indeed, Scientology is a system of implanting and the "cognitions"
are predetermined by the processes. But it is a fairly complex system of
implanting which follows the rules as laid out by all of the authorities - Jolly
West, Lifton, Singer, Schein, Ofshe, Hassan and Cialdini. Using Schein's
model - Unfreezing the existing values; Changing those values; Refreezing the
new values - we see that Dianetics propels the subject into age regression where
he or she will have to invent memories because we don't actually have the
capacity for remembering that Hubbard claimed (the failure of the only
experiment made by Hubbard into recovering memories is noted in Science of
Survival, but take a look at the notes published at the time if you can). This
is False Memory Syndrome (see Ofshe and Watters Making Monsters on recovered memory). Then into past lives for the creation of more False Memories and the
reconstruction of the person. The content of the implants is the teaching of
Hubbard (including space opera).
In auditing having been given the suggestions by Hubbard about engrams,
implanting et al people start to run them in session. Service facsimiles and the
teachings on spirit possession (body thetans) compound this. In the TRs intense
hypnotic states are achieved resulting in dissociation and the beginning of the
construction of a cloned pseudo-identity (see Hassan Combatting Cult Mind
Control and Singer & Lalich Cults in Our Midst). TRs are properly role-play drilling, where a new communication behaviour is instilled. Such hypnotic phenomena as hallucination are commonplace due to immobility and visual
fixation. Scientologists retreat into TRs when challenged, re-inducing the flat,
emotionless, unresponsive state (thought stopping). Through Tone Scale
drilling, people learn to pretend emotions. The downside is that they can lose
spontaneity by doing so. They can lose the capacity for natural emotions, or
become confused about what their real emotions are. TRs also teach people to
hide real feelings.
With the CCHs, mimcry is used. The four basic forms of hypnosis or trance
induction or heightening of suggestibility seem to be repetition, fixation,
paradox (or confusion) and mimicry. On the objectives, people have dizzy,
dissociated feelings. Hubbard even said that on OpPro by Dup if the preclear says he feels as if he is "floating" to end off because s/he is "exterior". This spatial dissociation
is a common fact know to all hypnotists (and Hubbard of course claimed great
expertise as a hypnotist - see my own paper Never believe a hypnotist). Psychiatrists call it "depersonalization". Oddly enough, large doses of vitamin B-6 can also create this state. Don't try it, you'll end up in the funny farm.
Alongside all this runs the loaded language. Scientology has 1,000 pages
of redefined and newly invented words (or neologisms if you want to get
technical). This language redefines reality for the victim just as Korzybski
said it would ("the map is not the territory - the word is not the thing
itself). Margaret Singer quite rightly praises George Orwell for his analysis
of language in 1984 in her excellent Cults in Our Midst. The appendix on Newspeak is particularly revealing. Hubbard called Orwells 1984 "wonderful ... the palest shadow of what a world would be like under the rule of the secret use of Scientology" in PDC lecture 20 (transcript p.49).
Hubbard engaged greatly in doublethink. So words reverse in meaning
(reasonable, for example) and the individual comes to think within the language
- to map reality using Hubbard ideas. This is partly why Scientologists don't
recover unaided. They have been cognitively restructured.
I strongly recommend that anyone who has been involved in Dianetics or
Scientology considers these ideas, not just in the shorthand form given here,
but through the work of the authors cited in the text.