|Lecture: Missed Withholds|
Hubbard discusses how he interrogates preclears to get them to divulge their crimes, their missed withholds. Emphasizes his ability to hold preclears "in session " even though it looks like he's being very rough.
You start punishing somebody for getting off their withholds and you produce this immediate and direct result. The fellow feels, then, he can never be audited. Why? That is—you see, you’re dealing with the actual machinery of a mind. You’re dealing with the actual responses of the mind. We’re not playing with kid stuff here, you see? We’re not playing with psychology or psychiatry or other dirty words, you see? We’re actually functioning right straight on the middle buttons of the mind. And that is communication, withholds, missing withholds, that sort of thing. And the person will stay in there and pitch and do almost anything under the sun, moon and stars for an auditor that he can communicate to. He’ll almost take anything off of an auditor he can communicate to.
You see me run a session someday that looks awful rough to you and you wonder “How in the name of God is that PC still in session?” If you thought emotion, misemotion, argument, things of this character—if you thought these threw people out of session—and if you thought that being kind and sweet and good as an auditor keeps somebody in session, you should watch a good, knockdown-drag-out session by somebody who knows better than to miss a withhold. And that is a pretty fantastic session.
— L. Ron Hubbard
Lecture 22 May 1962: Missed Withholds
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