It 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:
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?
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One of our readers sent us this account of her participation in the 1996 GAT evolution. I am publishing it in its entirety because it illuminates the mindset of a group which has almost completely abandoned reason for blind obedience. I think you will find it explains the reason for the current lack of capable, trained people in the COS.
The few instances of rational behavior by dedicated staff members stand out starkly against the overwhelming robotism of fully indoctrinated cult members trying to get products under impossible conditions.
This write-up covers my experiences as an Outer Org Trainee from a Class V Org during the original 1996 Golden Age of Tech evolution. It covers the events taking place at Flag leading up to the May 9th event that year when the Golden Age of Tech was released.
by Gwyneth Rolph
The original Golden Age of Tech training program had the purpose of training, as a minimum complement, two supervisors and a word clearer for each org. These trainees were to complete their supervisor and word clearer training on the new GAT line-up and then export the GAT series of programs to their orgs, assist in getting the program targets done, and train staff and students on the new GAT checksheets.
In late 1995/early 1996, before the GAT was officially released at the May 9 event, this entire evolution was top secret. The outer org trainees at Flag were not told about GAT until around the middle of March, and were all bonded in the sum of $10,000 not to reveal this data to anyone until after the May 9 event.
Some smaller orgs struggled to send enough trainees to Flag to fulfil the minimum complement in time for each one of them to complete the training. Such was the pressure on the Orgs to get their trainees to Flag that I can personally attest to the steamrollering and manipulating tactics certain seniors utilized in order to get a done.
Here are a couple of examples.
I was working a day job at the time and was contractually bound by my employer to give a month’s notice to quit. Whoever was in charge of arrivals at Flag, however, wanted me on a plane the next day. I had no intention of simply blowing from my day job, no matter how much I wasn’t enjoying it at the time. So I spoke to one of the senior directors, telling him some story of how I’d had this “lifetime opportunity” come up to enrol in an international training program, which I would miss altogether if I couldn’t be there by next weekend. Together we agreed that I would serve a week’s notice. However, I felt this meant I couldn’t risk giving that employer’s details for a reference when applying for future moonlight jobs in case the matter came up of my leaving at short notice and I was seen as a future flight risk. Perhaps this example serves as a perfect illustration of how short-term stats rule over long-term planning in the Church.
A second example is regarding finances. I was already paying off a loan (courtesy of Church reges) and ended up having to take out another loan so there would be money sitting in my account to cover the monthly repayments for the first loan during the time I would be on training and not earning anything (staff pay never reaching a level where one could qualify it as “earnings”). I was also manipulated into putting the cost of my airline ticket on my credit card, under the promise of the then ED that I would be paid back. The FP committee however threw the rule book at me upon my return, saying this came under purchasing liability of staff members, and the fact I was only staff status 0 at the time and knew nothing of any such policy made no difference. I did eventually track down the previous ED, who was at least decent enough to personally reimburse me. However, sorting this out, and all the other mess on my finances, took years.