HUBBARD COMMUNICATIONS OFFICE
Saint Hill Manor, East Grinstead, Sussex
HCO BULLETIN OF 17 APRIL 1977R1
REVISED 16 NOVEMBER 1989
RECURRING WITHHOLDS AND OVERTS
Tape: 6211C01 THE MISSED MISSED WITHHOLD
HCOB 11 Sept. 68 FALSE READS
HCO PL 7 Apr. 70RE Rev. 27.4.89 GREEN FORM
HCOB 15 Nov. 78 DATING AND LOCATING
HCOB 30 Nov. 78R Rev. 10.11.87 CONFESSIONAL PROCEDURE
HCOB 23 July 80R Rev. 26.7.86 CONFESSIONAL REPAIR LIST-LCRE
The definition of a recurring withhold or overt is one that keeps coming up, repeats again or shows up again. It is simply a withhold or overt that has already been gotten off and comes up again as an answer to an apparent reading withhold or overt question.
HOW WITHHOLDS OR OVERTS CAN RECUR
A withhold or overt that recurs can result from a situation like this: A case can get off a tremendous overt to an auditor who didn’t accept the overt, and then in another session mention it to another auditor who thinks he saw a read when he didn’t or pretends he saw a read. The pc may now believe he cannot get rid of the overt because it is still “reading.”
The pc may become exasperated at again having to get off such an overt or withhold. He may become upset, seem resigned or protest at the prospect of having to again handle a recurring overt or withhold.
The other reason a withhold or overt can recur is when there is an unknown-to-the-pc incident or piece of incident at the bottom of a chain. An unknown incident can make a chain of incidents react on the needle. This can include the missed withhold aspect of someone having nearly found out about it.
A pc continues to feel uncomfortable about a withhold or overt from which the bottom has not been pulled. For instance, a pc tells Auditor A: “I kissed a boy last week.” Later, she tells Auditor B: “I kissed a boy last week.” Later still she tells Auditor C: “I kissed a boy last week.” That is a recurring withhold. It means that neither Auditor A, Auditor B nor Auditor C got the unknown out of that withhold or its chain.
There are several methods of handling recurring withholds and overts, depending on the manifestations seen in the pc:
1. If a pc gets upset with a withhold being demanded that he has already gotten off and he gets into protest about it, there is obviously a false read as the pc is getting off overts already gotten off:
HANDLING: Check for false reads on overts by asking the pc what overt he or she has gotten off more than once and tracing it back with the pc to what auditor or person said something read when it didn’t. One would clean all these up to F/N. Protest, Invalidate and Suppress can be checked to clean up a false read. (Ref: HCOB 11 Sept. 68, FALSE READS)
If the above doesn’t resolve the recurring overt or withhold, another handling can be done:
HANDLING: Ask the pc, “Who said or seemed to infer something read when it didn’t?” Then this would be dated to blow and located to blow. (Ref: HCOB 11 Sept. 68, FALSE READS; HCOB 15 Nov. 78, DATING AND LOCATING)
2. If the situation occurs where a pc mentions he felt his overt wasn’t accepted:
HANDLING: Find out who wouldn’t accept it, E/S to F/N. (Ref: HCO PL 7 Apr. 70RE, GREEN FORM)
3. If the pc has been invalidated for getting it off:
HANDLING: Find out who invalidated the pc for getting off overts or withholds, E/S to F/N. (Note any terminals for later handling on the PTS RD.)
4. If the pc has been punished for getting it off:
HANDLING: Find out who punished the pc for getting off overts and withholds, E/S to F/N.
5. If none of the above manifestations of false reads are present when a withhold or overt recurs, the auditor treats it on the basis that there is something unknown about the incident or its chain and proceeds to do the following:
HANDLING: Pull all of the withhold or overt (including getting who missed it) and, if needed, get the earlier-similar withhold or overt and take the chain down to basic and F/N. (Ref: HCOB 30 Nov. 78R, CONFESSIONAL PROCEDURE)
L. RON HUBBARD
Revision assisted by LRH Technical Research and Compilations
Hubbard, L. R. (1977, 17 April). Recurring Withholds And Overts. Technical Bulletins of Dianetics and Scientology (1991 ed., Vol XI, pp. 49-50). Los Angeles: Bridge Publications, Inc.