|Lecture: Relation of Affinity, Communication and Reality|
Hubbard discusses a phenomenon he calls "necessity level"; tells how he cured a catatonic schizophrenic by raising his necessity level; teaches his technique to auditors as a "last ditch effort"; recounts the success of a Scientology auditor in handling a paranoid schizophrenic using Hubbard's "reality, affinity and communication" technique.
For example, somebody comes in and says, "I have an awful headache."
Someone says to him, "Aw, don’t give that to me."
The person has 62 engrams that say, "It’s all in your imagination," but they haven’t turned on very strongly yet, and he says, "But I really do have a headache."
"Oh, the hell you do, it’s your imagination, you know it is."
"But I really do have one!" So he can be piled into a dramatization, and simply by insisting that he doesn’t and by using the proper push-button words he can be sent down the dwindling spiral.
This situation is very deadly and inhibitive to survival. Any time this descending spiral can occur without being picked up again, a person is going to get in very bad shape.
So, something was built in called necessity level. When the analytical mind starts turning off, necessity level tries to turn it back on, and necessity level can fight right back as long as it is able to make a try. The catatonic schizophrenic is a person whose necessity level has gone all the way down to saturation point. It tried to make the upsurge, couldn’t make it, and the spiral went down to the point where the necessity level couldn’t build up any more, so there he is.
This can be explained by the fact that everybody agrees there is such a thing as reality.
Necessity level can resurge against a downsurge, so there is something that automatically reports.
This fourth factor of necessity level lies behind all of the others. So, there is survival, then there is reality, communication and affinity, not necessarily in that order, and when a person’s resurgence to survive goes out, he is practically as good as dead.
We have this quantity which stands in back of us as auditors, there is always the last ditch of turning a person’s necessity level up. I told a psychotic once that his children were starving and nobody was caring for them, and that police were contesting his house. He got frantic. I was building necessity level and by the time he found that out he had been built back up the spiral again.
You can enter any case in an effort to rehabilitate these things. Homer Lane got the idea that he could cure people of psychosis. So he walked into the biggest institution in England and said, "Give me your most dangerous patient."
And the person said, "We couldn’t possibly do that because he would tear you to bits." "Well, give him to me anyway. After all, my blood isn’t on your head."
"Well, I know, but you might injure the patient."
"Give me somebody that’s really hopeless."
So, they gave him a rough, raw paranoid schiz, a huge man about six foot six, walking around naked in a padded cell. And Lane walked in the door and said, "I understand you can help me." And the man replied, "How did you know?"
Lane had very signal successes throughout England. He was known as the miracle man, and he was actually cracking people out of institutions using reality, communication and affinity in that way.
— L. Ron Hubbard
Lecture 04 August 1950: Relation of Affinity, Communication and Reality
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