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Finding your way after leaving the cult of Scientology

How Good Scientologists become degraded cult members

Jeff Hawkins (Counterfeit Dreams) has written an excellent summation of the 12 factors that transformed Scientology from an applied religious philosophy to a dangerous cult. He calls them the Dirty Dozen.

In contrast to those who say it is all David Miscavige’s fault or Ron Hubbard’s fault,  Jeff lays out the factors in a way that will enable you to see the larger picture and understand what really has to be handled.

He discusses the systemic factors in Scientology that contribute to an abusive environment. His essay is so powerful that I will not attempt to provide excerpts. You need to read the entire Dirty Dozen essay.

I agree with his findings and feel that they can be summed up in a few short sentences:

LRH mentioned somewhere that an insane organizational structure will cause sane individuals to act in an insane manner. This is readily observable in daily life.

The professed goals and ideals of Scientology attracted and still attract people who want to help themselves and others.

The implementation of Scientology through its organizational structure, turns those willing volunteers into robotic monsters.

Suggested reading: The Lucifer Effect: Understanding How Good People Turn Evil by Phil Zimbardo, the Stanford professor who conducted the famous Stanford Prison Experiment in 1971.

The decline and fall of scientology will become a classic case study for those investigating organizational madness.

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Watchful Navigator  on December 1st, 2010

Good summary – agreed!

SaintsFanTara  on December 1st, 2010

Awesome to find your post in my Google Alert – Scientology just now!

I am looking forward to doing my LRH outside the suppressive box of the church!

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