Why you couldn't discuss your 'case'
by, 22nd February 2012 at 07:47 AM (20050 Views)
(An oldie that somebody recently hit 'likes' for. I read it again, and decided to blog it... because it might help somebody to recover from Scientology abuse. You never know!)
If the victims had been permitted to talk about their case while they were in Scientology, they probably wouldn't have stayed in Scientology as long as they did.
Talking with peers, they would rapidly have discovered what was potentially one of the most damaging facts about Scientology: that they were not alone.
By establishing a prohibition on 'discussing your case', Hubbard was able to construct a society in which the most mentally agile of his victims became the most unsure of themselves. Those who saw the flaws in the Tech were made to feel that they were members of a minority, 'being stupid' for failing to understand.
Dianetics and Scientology established a culture where fake 'certainty' was the most reassuring commodity, and where free thought was punished and disincentivised via mechanisms including bullying (overboarding, "ethics" and the RPF gulag) and financial coercion (how are you going to afford the all-important 'bridge' if they keep making you repeat levels?) Naturally, this was a society in which the most brutish, least conventionally educated and most zealous or unquestioning will tend to rise to the top. Witness the current leader figures in Scientology and its offshoots.