|Lecture: The Life-Continuum Theory|
Hubbard lectures on the use of Black Dianetics to drive someone crazy with an emotional curve .
I started out some little time ago to try to solve interpersonal relations. We got some interesting stuff. The first thing that turned up was Black Dianetics on interpersonal relations: How do you drive somebody crazy quickly with an emotional curve? You create an emotional curve—you build the fellow way up to the top of this curve and then drop him in the least possible time as low as you can on the curve. The way you do this is by using any of the twelve buttons,1 and you bring him up as high on that button as you can bring him and then drop him suddenly on the emotional curve. You get a very interesting reaction. He will go into doldrums. You can do it fast.2
You can do it on cause and effect. You can say, "You know that preclear you were running the other night? You know, that preclear you worked on quite a bit and so on—you were working her over to get rid of everything she was doing . . . And, you know, it was very good processing you did there, and remember everybody in the room was so satisfied with the way you were doing the job?"
The fellow says, "Yes, yes, yes, yes, yes, yes."
"She’s in the hospital and she says you did it!"
It doesn’t even matter whether it is true or not. If you said, "Well, she shot herself last night and the parents said you did it," that would fix him right up. He might not even bother to ascertain the truth of it.
That is dropping the emotional curve on an individual. You can do that on any button. You can build a person up the scale, on a button on how much he knows, for instance, and then prove to him he doesn’t know. And you can build him up the scale into being a fine cause and then demonstrate that he is really just a low-level effect. You can pull him up the scale on his state of beingness. Women do this quite a bit; they say, "Oh, my dear, how well you look in that hat.
I’ve always liked it."
— L. Ron Hubbard
Lecture: 28 December 1951: The Life-Continuum Theory
BUTTON(S), 1 . items, words, phrases, subjects or areas that cause response or reaction in an individual by the words or actions of other people, and which cause him discomfort, embarrassment, or upset, or make him laugh uncontrollably. (Scn AD) 2 . things in particular that each human being finds aberrative and has in common. (HFP, p. 127) 3 . restimulators, words, voice tones, music, whatever they are—things which are filed in the reactive mind bank as parts of engrams. (DMSMH, p. 74) 4 . (suppress button, invalidate button, etc.), it is called a button because when you push it (say it) you can get a meter reaction. (HCOB 29 Jan 70)
— L. Ron Hubbard
Dianetics and Scientology Technical Dictionary
2 See also: Dissemination Drill 16: How to handle attacks by being kind
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