|Lecture: Goals of Theta and MEST|
Hubbard instructs how to make people obedient by depressing their emotional tone.
A person can be made more obedient by depressing him down to apathy; authoritarian auditing can depress him down to apathy. It is very simple to suppress people on the tone scale; it is only necessary to just enturbulate them further, enturbulate them more, confuse them more. 1
I will tell you how that is done. There was an argument here the other evening and I had to run it out of a preclear I told him how to enforce and restrain ARC and gave him an example of how to argue with somebody who was trying to push his buttons, using Black Dianetics on them. All you do is give them enforced and inhibited ARC: “I really would like to tell you about people. You know, you should like people more. You really ought to like people more. You shouldn’t hate them, you should like them; I’ve been listening to people lately and they don’t like you very much, you know, and you ought to increase your affinity for them.”
Of course, the big gunshot on this sort of thing is “You ought to pay more attention; you understand so poorly.” That is the big one-two: enforced ARC and inhibited ARC, and preferably in the same sentence. Listen to two people arguing sometime, and listen to them doing that—enforced, inhibited, enforced, inhibited ARC. And then they will hit the big one: “You’re dumb!” This hits like an atom bomb.
— L. Ron Hubbard
Lecture 25 June 1951: Goals of Theta and MEST
1 Compare with Dissemination Drill 16: Handling Attacks by Being Kind.
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