Sunday, September 17, 2017

Scientology, training routines, and the post-rationalization of abuse


In Scientology there is this thing called Training Routines, or TRs for short. It is like meditation but not. In the first training routine, (TR Zero), a person is trained to sit still with their eyes closed. They are not allowed to fidget, sneeze, giggle, laugh, scratch themselves, shift their weight around a lot, fart, or fall asleep. They have to sit quietly for hours on end without any nervous behaviors or falling asleep. It they so much as giggle, the whole exercise starts over again. This goes on and on and on day after day. If you fidget in any way the coach yells "flunk!" and you have to start over again.

The point is NOT to suppress your emotions. The point is to learn to be there comfortably.

After you have mastered TR-0 you move on to TR-1. TR-1 is the same thing, but with your eyes open. You sit there in a chair with your feet on the floor and LOOK at another person for hours on end. You are not allowed to fidget, squirm, giggle, laugh, or anything. It you do any of these things the "coach" yells "flunk!" and you have to start over. If you flunk too many time you have to go back and repeat the previous level.

Next comes TR-3: bull-bait. This is where things get interesting. Now your coach makes jokes, perverted remarks, reads from Alice in Wonderland, whatever. They can even joke about your mother. If your fidget in anyway, laugh, or get pissed off you flunk and have to start over. If you flunk too many times you have to repeat the previous level.

I went through all of this at the age of nine when I took the Children's Communication Course. As a result I had a batter ability to sit still and shut up than most adults.

Here's the point. TR-3 is basically conditioning a person to accept abuse. The TRs vastly raise the threshold for your fight-or-flight response so that nothing bothers you. It basically eliminates your fight-or-flight response. You need your fight-or-flight response. It tells you when you are about to get your ass beaten. It tells you when everyone hates you. It tells you when you need to stand up for yourself.

And there is a second reason.

Human beings post-rationalize their bad behavior. If someone does something bad to you they will rationalize their behavior by dehumanizing you. They will find fault in YOU so they don't feel so bad about what they have done to you. As a result, if you tolerate abuse you are unwittingly training the abuser to abuse you even more. You must stand up for yourself or the abuse will just continue. If other people see that you are willing to take abuse they might try to take advantage. Standing up for yourself is a matter of survival.

Whether L. Ron Hubbard knew this is what he was doing when he came up with TRs is anyone's guess. But the inevitable result of TRs is a population of people who take abuse passively without resistance, and a managerial culture where people with power relentlessly dehumanize their subordinates. Whether intended or not, the consequence of TRs is to eliminate the fight-or-flight response, and create a cycle of post-rationalization of abuse and dehumanization. This is exactly what we see in Scientology. The ruled passively accept the abuse of the rulers.

Never accept abuse. It trains your abuser to abuse you more.

This is also why you should not passively accept the dehumanization of White people. You should stand up for your race. Otherwise you are allowing future generations to be trained to abuse you with a cycle of post-rationalization.



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  1. the inevitable result of TRs is a population of people who take abuse passively without resistance, and a managerial culture where people with power relentlessly dehumanize their subordinates. Whether intended or not, the consequence of TRs is to eliminate the fight-or-flight response, and create a cycle of post-rationalization of abuse and dehumanization. This is exactly what we see in Scientology. The ruled passively accept the abuse of the rulers.


    And yet... Scientology. A high-agency, high-status cult with a successful track record against The Cathedral. Hormesis??

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    1. Hormesis, definition: "a biological phenomenon whereby a beneficial effect (improved health, stress tolerance, growth or longevity) results from exposure to low doses of an agent that is otherwise toxic or lethal when given at higher doses."

      Perhaps. I sometimes think that the project of building a divine right monarchy is essentially identical to the project of building a successful/healthy cult/religion. Perhaps if TRs were combined with training management to abstain from abuse and post-rationalization it could work. Regardless, TRs do harden Scientologists against the abuse of the Cathedral. So there's that.

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    2. I have a good deal of knowledge of Scientology, and a somewhat different take on the results of these exercises. Enough to finally do a new post on my own blog, which will appear in a day or two.

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