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Thought Stoppers – When putting your fingers in your ears and saying LaLaLaLaLa isn’t enough

http://www.dreamstime.com/stock-photography-man-fingers-his-ears-image2931522It can be hard to block unpleasant incoming information. That is when Thought Stoppers are used – when putting your fingers in your ears and saying LaLaLaLaLa isn’t enough

People may adopt thought-stopping methods as ways of blocking out uncomfortable ideas when they encounter them. Just as a child puts their hands over their ears and makes ‘la-la-la’ noises to block out what they do not want to hear, so a group member may recite some form of litany to themselves to avoid having to experience the tension of contradictory arguments.

Scientologists as a group are known for using thought stopping techniques to deal with uncomfortable questions and ideas about the cult.

Jefferson Hawkins wrote an article on Thought-Stopping for his Leaving Scientology blog. Here are some excerpts from that article:

Scientology has its share of thought-stopping phrases. Let me give a few examples.

“He’s an SP” or “She’s been declared.” Of course, this effectively stops any thought about the person or anything they might say…

“That’s entheta.” The perfect thought-stopping phrase. It means, “go no further, this is something dangerous, something you cannot read, listen to or discuss.” Anything critical of the Church is, of course, “entheta.” …

“He’s got overts.” The perfect phrase to dismiss anyone who is critical or who complains. You don’t have to listen to or understand their complaint. You don’t have to think about why they might be complaining. …The handy phrase explains everything, and you don’t have to think any more about it.

“That’s Black PR.” Similar to “that’s entheta.” Any complaint about Scientology management or leaders is met with this phrase. And presto, you don’t have to give it any further thought.

“She pulled it in.” Too often used by Scientologists to avoid thinking about or empathizing with the misfortunes of others.

When a person has been exposed to Scientology enough to become indoctrinated, they may continue using thought stoppers to avoid confronting new ideas long after they have left Scientology.

They may pride themselves on their independence from church dogma and the fact they are not longer sheeple being sheared by registrars, but they use thought stoppers to avoid any possibility of being exposed to the possibility of regaining hope.

It is completely appropriate to be skeptical of things you have never experienced, especially if you have been taken advantage of in the past. But sticking your fingers in your ears and going “La La La” instead of looking at what is being discussed is a dead giveaway that you have not left your cult experience behind after all.

If you would like to see how many people are still stuck in the cult mindset and are still using thought stoppers, just visit some of the Facebook groups or the ESMB forum. There are people using clear, logical, and convincing arguments and then there are those who resort to these thought stopping cliches to block incoming information that they cannot process:

That’s out-KSW!

You are evaluating for me!

There are no clears, or OTs or body thetans!

Spiritual betterment is a scam!

Who believes in space cooties?

Some of these people have been so damaged by their cult experience that the mere idea of discussing spiritual relief is painful. That is understandable, but some carry it further and want to ban any discussion of technology old or new from their forums. They are not content to avoid uplifting discussions, but have been actively requesting that any discussion of spiritual improvement be banned so that no one will be exposed to it.

What organization do you think taught them that?

If you are using thought-stoppers, consider what that says about you to the world at large.

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Julian  on May 27th, 2014

Another lovely thought stopping phrase is: ” He has M/Us”

Rine  on May 28th, 2014

Also “he or she is downstat” or “just look at their stats”; Ive often wondered if, for example the Dalai Lama or Mother Theresa would be condidered downstat because they are not commanding tons of MEST (though actually She was and He is!)

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