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Waking Up From The Scientology Trance (Part 1) by Heidi Macavoy on Prezi

Discussion in 'General Scientology Discussion' started by CommunicatorIC, Feb 23, 2014.

  1. CommunicatorIC

    CommunicatorIC @IndieScieNews on Twitter

    Waking Up From The Scientology Trance (Part 1) by Heidi Macavoy on Prezi

    Presentation on Prezi at above link.

    Transcript of Waking Up From The Scientology Trance (Part 1)

    Waking Up From The Scientology Trance:
    Cognitive Dissonance vs. Cognitive Flexibility

    Cognitive Studies Terminology
    Cognitive Processing & Belief Systems
    Going Clear & being at cause over your mental energy.
    Being free of the influence of engrams & in control of your Reactive Mind.
    Being at cause over life, thought, matter, energy, space and time.
    What Is Cognitive Dissonance?
    A condition that happens when someone realizes they are holding two inconsistent cognitions in their at the same time. (Festinger, 1957)

    Cognitive dissonance can happen when a person experiences new events or information which doesn’t match with an existing knowledge, opinion or cognition concerning a behavior. (Festinger, 1957)

    Studies have shown that cognitive dissonance is a motivational state. It is felt as a psychological discomfort (or unpleasant emotion) and eventually drives individuals to reduce dissonance. (Elliot & Devine, 1994)
    A person could be thinking of two conflicting beliefs at the same time and experience cognitive dissonance [or “ARC Break”].

    This cognitive dissonance then becomes a drive to reduce the dissonance and return to a state of harmony [“ARC”].

    This can also happen in decision making. When an individual makes a decision, their thinking about the steps they took will often conflict, to some degree, with their existing opinions or beliefs.

    (Robinson, 2013)
    Scientology is a Closed Belief System
    Scientology’s Communication TRs & Emotional Tone Scale are
    cognitive processing control mechanisms
    that teach practitioners to how to control people and how to be control on psychological and emotional levels.

    Scientology PTS/SP Tech & Disconnection are avoidance mechanisms that enforce severe
    all-or-none thinking
    cognitive rigidity

    Scientology Ethics Tech is a means for policing someone’s cognitive processing,
    threatening a person’s reality
    and inflicting
    cognitive distortions

    Scientology KSW policies prohibits changes to the parishioners’ systems of belief & disbelief, which makes
    cognitive flexibility
    practically forbidden.

    It's OK To Have Doubts
    "Knowing how to know" should empower you to think for yourself. How can you decide what is true for you if you don't confront the reasons why people leave Scientology? The answers you seek are out there. Don't be afraid to look.
    Your Doubts Are Valid
    Scientology’s promises for "
    knowing how to know
    " and being free to "
    know life
    " and "
    know yourself
    " while having the self-determinism to find out “
    what is true for you is true
    ” should be characteristics of an Open Belief System that supports Cognitive Flexibility. But the reality is Scientology is Closed Belief System full of Cognitive Distortions.
    Milton Rokeach
    (1960) studied the concept of belief systems and proposed that they can be measured on a scale by degree of open or closed. The measurement for an open or closed system was defined as: the extent to which a person can receive, evaluate, and act on relevant information received from the outside on its own intrinsic merits, unencumbered by irrelevant factors in the situation arising from within the person or from the outside.

    Closed Belief System
    : characterized by a low “need to know” and a high “need to fight off threatening aspects of reality” with a tendency for all-or-none thinking that results in Cognitive Distortions and Cognitive Rigidity. Cognitive Dissonance is commonly reduced through avoidance as a defense mechanism. (Robinson, 2013)

    Open Belief System
    : characterized by a high “need to know” and a low “need to fight off threatening aspects of reality” with a tendency for open-minded thinking that results in Cognitive Flexibility. Cognitive Dissonance is commonly reduced through confrontation as a defense mechanism. (Robinson, 2013)

    Other means of reducing Cognitive Dissonance
    : expressing emotion also allows for dissonance reduction and therefore less likelihood that an individual will choose defense mechanisms. (Pyszczynski et al., 1993)
    Prezi credits: this material is based on a December 2013 research paper by Andy Robinson, presented to the faculty of Adler Graduate School.
    : any knowledge, opinion, or belief about the environment, about oneself or about one's behavior. (Festinger, 1957)

    : the existence of nonfitting relations among cognitions. (Festinger, 1957)

    : exists when cognitions support each other. (Festinger, 1957)

    : systematic errors in reasoning, often stemming from early childhood errors in reasoning; an indication of inaccurate or ineffective information processing” (Sharf, 2012). When a person’s perception is twisted or they have “mental static” (Burns, 1980).

    : the ability to switch cognitive sets to adapt to changing environmental stimuli” (Dennis & Vander Wal, 2010).

    : when someone is showing an all-or-none thinking and has problem solving deficits. (Marzuk, Hartwell, Leon, & Portera, 2005)

    Being in communication with the theta universe.
    Going OT & reaching a state of complete spiritual freedom.
    Is the Bridge to Total Freedom delivering the stated goals?
    Understanding Cognitive Dissonance
    Within Closed Belief Systems
    Changing Someone's Belief System
    A closed belief system and specifically the “need to ward off threat” is an obstacle to an individual changing their beliefs. (Rokeach, 1960)

    Assisting someone with breaking down any beliefs or distortions that are creating a closed belief system could be helpful. (Quackenbush, 2001)

    Taking ownership of one’s beliefs, emotions and behaviors is necessary for a person to start changing their beliefs. (Ellis & MacLaren, 1998)

    Opting for confrontation mechanisms over avoidance mechanisms allows an individual to experience less cognitive dissonance and feel more in control of their situation. (Robinson, 2013)

    Feeling control over a situation supports better cognitive flexibility (Dennis & Wal, 2010), and might allow one to take responsibility for their feelings and thus search for change within themselves. (Robinson, 2013)
    Scientology-related material authored by the Prezi user with special thanks to YouTube Users TheEvilOfScientology and XenuExposed.
    For all other cited material, please see the original thesis at: MP 2013.pdf

    Why Understanding Cognitive Dissonance Matters
    The Bridge to Total Freedom will inevitably lead to cognitive dissonance when someone is brave enough to confront the truth about harm that is being done to Church of Scientology parishioners.

    Understanding the difference between cognitive dissonance vs. cognitive flexibility is an excellent place for someone to start down the road of self-recovery via cult education when sorting out uncomfortable feelings about their beliefs.

    Further reading:[/QUOTE]
  2. jea-su

    jea-su Patron

    [/QUOTE] In English please !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
  3. CommunicatorIC

    CommunicatorIC @IndieScieNews on Twitter

  4. CommunicatorIC

    CommunicatorIC @IndieScieNews on Twitter

  5. jea-su

    jea-su Patron

    Dear Communicator, Per the Human and Evaluation Chart you need to re-study ( actually you never did ) Comm course, ARC and please please study and apply the logic. Believe me you may have some chance that somebody may even remotely understand your philosophy. I do admit It is not easy to re-write a concept especially a working concept such as Scientology.:hifive:
  6. Free Being Me

    Free Being Me Crusader

    $cientology, workable? Erm, no. As cultist mind control, yes. Here's a study for you, cult recovery. Good luck. :)

    Last edited: Feb 24, 2014
  7. Udarnik

    Udarnik Gold Meritorious Patron




    Speaking as a former college teacher, yes, there IS such a thing as a stupid question. In fact there are many ways to ask a stupid question.

    Asking your teachers to do the reading for you ranks up there near the top of the list.
  8. Veda

    Veda Sponsor

    :) Hi jea-su,

    Do you mean the Hubbard Chart of Human Evaluation? If so, that was written as a kind of display-poster-advertisement, and accompanied the book, 'Science of Survival'.

    The publicly displayed Hubbard Chart of Human Evaluation (which seems nice and sensible), has, attached to it, fine print and tiny asterisks.

    This is an early expression of an approach later amplified in Hubbard's 1955 'Manual on Dissemination of Material', which presents the idea of gradually - or gradiently - introducing a person to Scientology, by deliberately concealing parts of Scientology from the person until he or she is considered properly prepared. Inevitably, this involves deceiving the person. This deception is regarded as justifiable and proper, and for the person's own good.

    What later became known as the SP doctrine, Fair Game Law, and Disconnection - as expressed in policies and tech - first appeared, as tech, in 1951, in the book 'Science of Survival'.

    Almost everything in Scientology has a dual aspect: one positive, one negative - these combine to form Scientology. The positive is usually visible, the negative is usually hidden or covert.

    That's the way Scientology's founder designed it, and that, unfortunately, reflected his own hidden agenda.

    That doesn't mean that there aren't some good things in Scientology, but it does mean that it's wise to proceed with caution, if involving oneself with Scientology - It's not an honest subject.
  9. anonomog

    anonomog Gold Meritorious Patron

    Dear CommunicatorIC,
    It has come to my attention that some members of this board have difficulty understanding your communication.
    I confess I am mystified why this should be so, considering that Scientologists are not only adept at knowing how to know and communicating with anyone about anything, they are also recipients of the miraculous study tech.

    However you aspire to be CommunicatorIC so if I could be so bold as to suggest that in future you do the following to assist full understanding:

    Place the post behind a paywall. Only give out the password once three (3) credit cards has been maxed out and the eldest child shipped to Emma for the esmb-org.

    Add in "and so forth" every 15th sentence.

    Break up each 6th sentence with the word "ah".

    Try to insert some valuable scientific statistical data into the communication eg:
    " Transcript of Waking Up From The Scientology Trance (Part 1) Waking Up From The Scientology Trance: Cognitive Dissonance vs. Cognitive Flexibility Cognitive Studies Terminology Cognitive Processing & Belief Systems Going Clear & being at cause over your mental energy in one of our 3 298 ideal orgs on 74 continents.
    Being free of the influence of engrams & in control of your Reactive Mind. Being at cause over life,evil psychs, thought, matter, energy, space and time on this planet. "​

    Include some charming anecdotes to assist with understanding and memory retention eg:

    " A funny thing happened to me the other day while I was visiting PSR J0108-1431, I was skipping through the free quarks when I tripped over a sleeping zeebelherfder and there it was a Transcript of Waking Up From The Scientology Trance (Part 1) Waking Up From The Scientology Trance: Cognitive Dissonance vs. Cognitive Flexibility Cognitive Studies Terminology.."

    Insert the youtube link to "Thank you for listening".

    Insist the reader give a standing ovation for 8 minutes after reading the post.

    Issue the reader with a framed certificate on completion.

    I trust this will help you in future. If not I'll just have to KR your ass, then you will be sorry. No more Ms Nice Guy on Facebook either.


    Ps Looking forward to reading the full thesis.
  10. Enthetan

    Enthetan Master of Disaster

    It IS in English. Using technical vocabulary does not make it non-English, although it DOES mean that somebody, not familiar with that vocabulary, will have to do a bit of work in looking up (or in these days, googling) those words and phrases which are not defined in the text.

    If you don't want to go through the work of looking up the meaning of the technical phrases, you are under no obligation to read it, just as CommunicatorIC is under no obligation spend the time and effort needed to remedy your deficiencies of understanding. Just move on and click on another thread.
  11. AnonLover

    AnonLover Patron Meritorious

    :bump2: The Prezi in OP is my work. A few comments I made on Facebook and WWP that explains it better:

    See the lower right corner of the embedded player for autoplay & fullscreen controls.

    There will be 4 more additional parts coming out later on that will turn my "Waking Up From Scientology" theme into an educational series. Like the first one, they will each summarizes expert/academic source materials in a way I people who are recovering from Scientology's influence can relate too.

    Feedback is very much wanted welcome. And thanks for checking it out. :eyeroll:
  12. AnonLover

    AnonLover Patron Meritorious

    I finally figured out how to screencast this Prezi presentation into a video:


    Parts 2 and 3 coming eventually. It takes me awhile to put these together. But I got the content mocked up the 2nd one and drafted here:

    Shameless plug: If you like what you see, please show me a lil click love and sign up for a free Prezi account on the following referral link:

    For every 3 referrals I get, I get 3 months of pro account access for free that lets me put more bells & whistles into my presentations. You don't have to actually use Prezi, just sign up and ignore the occasional email. TIA!
  13. Knows

    Knows Gold Meritorious Patron

    It could be a "side effect" of Scientology - an example of Cognitive Dissonance. LOL

    Maybe if one were to translate it into Scientologese - for the one that demanded it be in English (when it already was).

    Why doesn't he/she use study tech?:duh::lol:
  14. a possible basis for understanding the OP is to consider "cognitive dissonance" comparable to "enturbulated theta" and "cognitive flexibility" to "free theta"

    the COHE is a very elegant instrument; understand it well and you can live comfortably, creatively and productively and improve your environment and enhance it's inhabitants as you do...

    or you can take your money to CoS and spend a hundred hours being told to look at a wall...
  15. AnonLover

    AnonLover Patron Meritorious

  16. AnonLover

    AnonLover Patron Meritorious

    Waking Up From The Scientology Trance (Part 2of3) - is now ready for public consumption. In this segment of my cult recovery educational series, I cover Cognitive Dissonance vs. Moral Dissonance & Related Coping Mechanisms for Dealing with Undue Influence. Understanding the different reactions caused by dissonance can be used to help loved ones trapped in the bubble of Scientology to break free.

    Online, interactive presentation:

    Usage notes for the above link - best viewed in full screen mode (button in the lower right corner of the player), on auto-play (button in the lower left corner of the player). You can also cruise through the slides using the back and forward arrows (buttons in the bottom middle of the player), or just click on parts of the diagram to manually navigate where ever you like. Some users may experience weirdness on older computers or slow internet connections, if so - view the video version instead.

    Video version:

    PDF transcript:

    For more information on moral dissonance see:

    Additional cult recovery reference:
    Last edited: Jun 13, 2014
  17. Enthetan

    Enthetan Master of Disaster

    Put another way, while there may not be stupid questions, there are a lot of inquisitive idiots running around.

    The reason for not suppressing even stupid questions, is so you know that you have people who do not understand, which is valuable feedback. This does not mean that you should not reply "The answer to your question is in the material. Did you try reading the material and looking up any words or phrases you were unfamiliar with?