Subject: Confusion, Abreaction, Reorientation
Date: Sat, 30 Dec 2006 00:10:54 -0800
“Mock up the confusion for which (blank) is the stable datum.””Make it -more- confused,” Hubbard states, after teaching that “other people” are out
to confuse (the cult member), the $cientologist.This is an element of the use of “brainwashing” in $cientology.
Here are excerpts from Hubbards words to show how you can change a persons thinking by
confusion to the point of conversion and compliance to a “stable datum,” which means
toward $cientology. (In these examples, Hubbard uses Chiropracty, a planet and then
Mother.) Readers are told by Hubbard that other people are the ones trying to confuse
them, and how the $cientologist needs to -confuse them more-
Exerpts from: Confusion and Stable Data, A Lecture given on 17 August 1956
And one of the ways you do this, one of the ways you would win this first is simply put
up the most convincing stable datum, you see, and put it up the most regularly and
never permit a confusion to exist on your side or in your mind.
Somebody starts overwhelming you with all manner of terminology that you don’t
understand, and so forth, for heavens sake, pick up something out of your kit athat
sounds utterly, preposterously impressive, you see, and just go on with cornflakes,
you see? And you make a bigger impression really.
Now this comes to solve a great many of our interesting problems. Why is it almost
impossible to take someone out of chiropracty and make a Scientologist out of him? It’s
an interesting question, since it’s been with us for years. It’s very simple:
chiropracty was a stable datum. Every time he has a stable datum, there was a
confusion. So we discover that the individual then, adopted chiropracty because of an
existing confusion. And he, every time you ask him to let go of chiropracty, of course,
gets the confusion back in his bank. In other words, his bank confuses all over again
every time you say, “Give up chiropracty. Why don’t you stop cracking spines and start
auditing them?” – something on this order.
And he gets upset with you and tries to persuade you that cracking spines is much
better. Well, cracking spines might just be fine, might be nothing wrong with this
whatsoever, but measured one to the other, why, we do more fastest – mostest fastest.
Why does he hang onto it? And what would you do? It’s just a confusion. Chiropracty was
a stable datum for a certain specified confusion which existed in his life. So what
would you have him do?
There’s one rule in auditing this, and this is the best rule to follow in any case of
confusion. You can do this for any datum, even any datum or basic law or rule in
Scientology: Mock up the confusion for which chiropracty is a stable datum. ” Never pay
any more attention to chiropracty, he’ll just confuse you if you do. “Now just mock up
the confusion for which chiropracty is a stable datum.” Just keep him doing this, you
know, over and over. Move the thing around. Make it -more- confused. Do something with
it to have him take under control that particular confusion and all of a sudden, he’ll
say, “Well, I know Scientology works better than chiropracty.” You’ve been trying to
convince him of that for a long time. But every time you made him try to let go of it,
he got the confusion back.
And so you could say, “Mock up the confusion for which a planet is a stable datum,” and
you’ll probably have the fellow rising quietly off the floor and sticking against the
ceiling before much more time happens.
So any idea, no matter what kind of idea, is of coure as-isable or removable from a
case as long as – and just always that wording – “Mock up the confusion for which
(blank) is the stable datum.”
We get mother out of the case by saying, “Mock up a confusion, now, for which your
mother is a stable datum.”
And we just keep at it and keep at it and all of a sudden, the person doesn’t care
whether mother is there or not.
“Mock up a confusion for which Mother would be stable datum” – chiropractor, or
anything else you think up.
“The Mind Possessed -A Physiology of Possession Mysticism and Faith Healing”
1) The Mind Under Stress
As we increased the crescendo of the patients excitement, he might suddenly collapse
and fall inert on the couch. At first we thought that this collapse might be caused by
the drug, but it later became clear that it was an emotional collapse, brought about by
the excitement aroused by abreaction.
“Just keep him doing this, you know, over and over. Move the thing around. Make
it -more- confused. Do something with it to have him take under control that particular
confusion and all of a sudden, he’ll
say, “Well, I know Scientology works better than ________.”
The military also teaches soldiers about the methods used in brainwashing, because a
target’s knowledge of the process tends to make it less effective.
While the U.S. consciousness was turned to brainwashing in the 1950s in the aftermath
of the Korean War, brainwashing has been around for longer than that. Scholars have
traced the roots of systematic thought reform to the prison camps of communist Russia
in the early 1900s, when political prisoners were routinely “re-educated” to the
communist view of the world. But it was when the practice spread to China and the
writings of Chairman Mao Tse-tung (“The Little Red Book”) that the world started to
A destructive cult uses countless techniques to get its members to stay, commit
themselves and take part in what may be harmful activities. The sum of these techniques
constitutes what some people call “mind control.” It’s also known as “thought reform,”
“brainwashing” and “coercive persuasion,” and it involves the systematic breakdown of a
person’s sense of self.
Deception – Cults trick new recruits into joining the group and committing themselves
to a cause or lifestyle they don’t fully understand.
Cults mislead new recruits/members as to the true expectations and activities of the
Cults may hide any signs of illegal, immoral or hyper-controlling practices until the
recruit has fully immersed himself in the group.
A cult leader may use members’ altered consciousness, induced by activities like
meditation, chanting or drug use, to increase vulnerability to suggestion.
“The Mind Possessed -A Physiology of Possession Mysticism and Faith Healing”
“One other important fact must be mentioned. If any patient is subjected to repeated
abreaction on the couch, as in psychoanalysis and other more intensive forms of
psychotherapy, and if this occurs over a period of months or years, he often becomes
increasingly sensitive and suggestible to the therapists suggestions and
interpretations of symptoms. A hypnoid state of brain activity may result. Patients
may come to feel that in some way they are in the hands of a person of almost divine
wisdom; they avidly accept suggestions from the therapist about altering their
behavior, which would have become more unacceptable to them in their more normal
state of mind. Quite bizarre interpretations are accepted and false memories are
believed as facts if they fit in with the analysts own beliefs.”
from Chapter three, pages 35, 36
“The mind sometimes splits in such a way that an apparently well-balanced person
begins to live in two different mental worlds, one of which is dominated by a hypnoid
and highly suggestible brain activity. His previous intellectual training and habits
of rational thought have no influence in preventing the acceptance of ideas which he
would normally find repellant or even patently nonsensical. The new constellation of
beliefs then coexists with his more usual habit of critically examining new ideas,
and accepting or rejecting them in the light of his prevailing outlook, his
experience and and his educational and intellectual background. His newly set of
acquired ideas is shut off from and unrelated, or even diametrically opposed, to his
other ideas, which have developed in a state of clear and critical consciousness. For
reasons which he cannot explain but which have to do with the equivelant, paradoxical
and ultraparadoxical phases of brain activity discussed in Chapter 1, white is
suddenly black, friends are enemies and enemies are friends, small matters are more
important than larger issues, or perhaps nothing seems to matter anymore at all.
Irrational attitudes and beliefs now live cheek by jowl with rational and critical
thinking about other topics. When this hysterical split mindedness in partial,
hysterical behavior, hypnoid states, uncritical belief and sudden conversion can occur
in people whose thinking processes are still normal in other respects, through their
seem more bizarre and incomprehensible to detached observers.”
“Another way to hypnotize somebody would be to put him in the middle of
chaos. Everything going in all directions, everybody shooting at him,
and suddenly throw him a stable datum. And make is a successful stable
datum, so that, it is all called off at once, the moment he grasps it.
This gives you the entire formula of brainwashing. Interrogate,
questions, lights, pain, upsets, accusations, duress, fear, privation.
And we throw him a stable datum; we say if you adopt ugg, which is the
most wonderful thing in the world, all this will cease. And finally
the fellow says, all right, I’m an ugg. Immediately stop torturing him
and pat him on the head and he is all set.
Ever after he would believe that the moment he deserted uggism, he
would be downed in chaos and uggism alone was the thing that kept the
world stable. And he would sell his life or his grandmother to keep
uggism going. And there we have to do with the whole subject of
loyalty. Except, except, that we haven’t dealt with loyalty at all on
an analytical level. The whole subject of loyalty is a reactive subject
we have dealt with.”
L Ron Hubbard
POSTULATES 1,2,3,4 IN PROCESSING – NEW UNDERSTANDING OF AXIOM 36
A lecture given on 14 September 1955