Shiny & Free
Heh! Now that I re-read it, it was a bit wanky. Sorry.
I have started working my way through your "Ron The Hypnotist" information. What a truck-load of work you have done on the subject! I wish I had listened to this earlier. Great intro and, yes, when it comes to garnering a glimpse at the devilish use of "therapy" I am but learning to stand. All those little tricks and tips: mixing past/present tense, unexpected swerves in subject, story telling, little gaps in the narrative for "dub in", redefinition, repetition, and so on, until the "mark" is left with only one way to think. In the intense atmosphere of Scientology where the physical, social, and psychological infrastructure is designed not only impart but also enforce its agenda, what little chance an individual has. And how dare L Ron Hubbard describe his blatant misuse of such skills as "getting Ethics in"!! Ethics?? FFS!!
Fortunately, outside of the Scientology environment there are better odds on recognising and dealing with Hubbard's "planetary therapists". Maintaining access to hard won knowledge, as this thread does, and creating a space for dialogue, as ESMB does, is essential.
Anyway, I'm rambling as usual. I'm going to shut up and go into lurk mode for a while. My data collection phase is largely over. Thank you for your comments, thank you this thread, and thank you ESMB.
I think it's great that you are asking the questions, ones that perhaps those who were in don't now how to frame, specially people like me who didn't have the benefit of much of a 'normal' education, especially in critical analysis. Having to work it all out by yourself is very hard and Arnie has done a terrific job in bringing together info that would normally take a long time to find.
Arnie says earlier:
Just because a person claims they are out of scientology, and now voices criticism of "Ron" this has nothing whatsoever to do with preventing them from being covertly manipulated by devious means into newly believing something else that is patently false...in FACT, until such time as they become familiar with the psychological methods used to manipulate them, those methods will continue to be effective. AND Covert hypnosis works even better upon those who have been hypnotized in the past.
For good people to do evil toward someone they must be tricked into believing that, that someone, deserves it. this is demonization, and scapegoating, both techniques that have been succesfully used upon the public at large to start wars amongst nations since the beginning of time, and still are used, and that technique WORKS, and that technique was being used on trainspotting.
If you read the OSA manuals, you can see that it's often a matter of using and manipulating normal human reactions. Get someone fired, isolated, depressed etc. Sometimes it doesn't take much ... just a whisper from a "friend" to set off and it can easily escalate into this:
"Process in which the mechanisms of projection or displacement are utilised
in focusing feelings of aggression, hostility, frustration, etc., upon
another individual or group; the amount of blame being unwarranted."
Projection: Unwanted thoughts and feelings can be unconsciously projected
onto another who becomes a scapegoat for one's own problems. This concept
can be extended to projection by groups. In this case the chosen individual,
or group, becomes the scapegoat for the group's problems.
I don't believe OSA is behind every bush, but I did work in the Guardian's Office in my youth and I SAW those type of programs being done. I didn't understand it all at the time and didn't question it properly until later on. To think that OSA would not try those programs on ESMB or Trainspotting is being naive. The trick is to question, to observe, to form your own opinions not based on words but on actions, to discuss and bring facts to light, not just opinions.
Nothing wrong with having your own opinions, but when it becomes a dogpiling with strident voices (words) it's time to stand back and get a bigger picture and start questioning. Personal integrity is just that, personal.