Thursday, October 12, 2017
Scientology's concepts of "circuits", and "valences"
circuit: a part of an individual’s bank (bank means the reactive part of your mind) that behaves as though it were someone or something separate from him and that either talks to him or goes into action of its own accord, and may even, if severe enough, take control of him while it operates.
Sometimes you see this at poetry readings. A circuit takes control of the poet and he spews out an uncontrollable political diatribe, or rant. Circuits do not have to be uncontrollable. They do not have to take over the individual. Many political opinions are circuits. Common phrases like "strong independent woman," are circuits. A circuit is like a short circuit that impairs one's ability to think. It is a thought-terminating cliché, a habitual response, a person acting like a trained monkey. A circuit is anytime an individual's mind has been hijacked by ideology or concepts that make them obsess over something and impair reasoning. Humans deliberately build circuits for the programming of others, though Scientology doesn't talk about that part.
valences: personalities. The term is used to denote the borrowing of the personalities of others. Valences are substitutes for self taken on after the fact of lost confidence in self. For example; a person “in their father’s valence” is acting as though they are their father.
out of valence: when a person takes on the personality characteristics of someone else, i.e., acting like the star football player, or acting like their mother, or whatever. This happens because they have lost confidence in themselves. To "be out of valence," is to be acting fake, or like someone else. Many of Jim Carrey's roles are examples of blatantly out of valence personalities. A person becomes out of valence when they perceive another's personality to be stronger than their own. Some emotional loss occurs, they get beaten somehow, and they take on the personality characteristics of the stronger personality. For example; say you get beaten up by a bully. After awhile you begin to act like a bully yourself because your original personality was weak, and has been totally invalidated. Or say that a military drill sergeant screams at you and humiliates you. So you begin to take on the mentality and personality of the drill sergeant. A valence is not an alternate personality. It is not a multiple personality disorder. It is what happens when you adopt the personality characteristics of people who are stronger than you, and typically have beaten you in some way.
Another example of being "out of valence"; when White people try to act Black, mimicking the affect, style of speech, and gestures of ghetto Blacks because they have been humiliated.
Japan is said to be "in the valence of the West," since the Japanese run around in business suits instead of kimonos, build modern architecture, and were beaten by America when we dropped the atom bomb on them. Hubbard describes them as being in a permanent American valence.
Circuits sabotage thought, and valences are personality styles adopted when losers in a conflict mimic the personalities that have beaten them. Whole cultures can be out of valence, or just individuals.
Another example; let us say a child loses his father. The mother then moves back to live with her parents. The grandfather is a stabilizing influence in the child's life during a period of intense trauma, so the child begins to mimic the behaviors of the grandfather, taking on his valence. A valence need not be hostile, it can be a person who was simply helpful during a time of emotional pain.
A crucial part of Scientology is helping people recover their own valence so they can live as themselves rather than living through the valences of stronger personalities. The goal is to get the person into a condition when they can "be themselves" without being a victim, or being weak.
Posted by A MK