The Cause of Suppression
Have you ever wondered why some people are continually sick while others seem to live an emotional roller coaster of highs and lows? In the booklet, The Cause of Suppression, you will find why businesses are driven into collapse, families break up and life is rough and failing. When you understand this information you can make your way in life. You are aware that “bad luck” is hardly ever the reason for misfortunes and you can therefore look for the real reason and take action.1; 2
How to Deal With Ups & Downs in Life
How to Handle the Negative Influences in Life
There is some truth in judging someone by the company they keep. It can easily be seen that those around us do influence our attitudes and behavior, for better or worse. And it doesn’t surprise many to learn that criminals often consort with criminals and that they promote anti-social activities and influence others to continue such unethical and illegal conduct.
This section of the Criminon Program deals with establishing the skill to chart one’s own course in life, with honesty and integrity, and to spot and disassociate from those elements which would tend to lead one astray.
The course teaches the students the characteristics of both anti-social personalities and social personalities, so that they may recognize both and know the differences between the two. That way, they can better choose their friends and associates, and become more aware of their own attitudes and be made less susceptible to those who would have them revert to crime.
“Not confronting suppression—not handling it—is giving something of yourself away, like compromising with a thief. Quitting; to give in to suppression is not being your own person. Knowledge is the most powerful possession of all and gives anyone the means to deal with and handle any connection with suppression.”1
Corcoran State Prison
- Retrieved on 09-23-2016 from http://www.criminon.org/programs/courses-services/ups-downs-life.php ↩
Scientology Front Group’s Introductory Course on the Suppressive Person Doctrine
Why Is the Narconon® Drug Rehabilitation Program Different? (Part 5)
The Ups and Downs in Life Course
The name of this course, “Ups and Downs in Life,” refers to the recognizable characteristic of those in recovery who do well for a time and then relapse, recover and then relapse, etc. This course is designed to reduce the “downs” and facilitate stable upward recovery.
In this course the student learns that there are a small number of antisocial individuals actively devoted to destructive activities. Through association with such people, an individual’s self determinism becomes suppressed and he begins to fail in life. He may begin to identify with these negative or anti-social people, who themselves have often adopted a drug addict or criminal life style.
The addict can then become aggressive and alienated, adopting negative attitudes toward family and friends formerly close to him who accept conventional values. Once the addict sobers up, a process of re-socialization begins.
This course is designed to encourage this process. The student is helped to identify the “social” characteristics of those who support sobriety and success in contrast to the characteristics of anti-social people. Through the exercises in this course, the student is helped to learn how to develop positive relationships with people and how to recognize and cope with those who have drug-oriented, criminal and destructive inclinations.
This ability to distinguish between who is and is not a real friend is tremendously important for when the graduated student returns to his home or work environment. Abilities gained on this course are a key life skill to reduce relapse to drugs and crime after program completion.1
- Retrieved on 09-23-2016 from — http://www.narconon-news.org/narconon_book5_rehab.htm ↩
Another key aspect of the Scientology ethics system is the recognition of the antisocial personality. Reflective in man’s earliest ethical codes is an innate sense that there are those among us – about 2 1/2 percent of the population – who possess characteristics and mental attitudes that cause them to violently oppose any betterment activity or group. Within this category, one finds the Adolf Hitlers and the Genghis Khans, the unrepentant murderers and the drug lords. Although most blatantly antisocial types may be easy to spot, if only from the bodies they leave in their wake, others are less obviously seen. Enterprises may seem to crumble for no apparent reason, marriages may mysteriously disintegrate and a thousand more ills may affect those associated with the antisocial personality. In fact, all told, 20 percent of the entire population suffers, in one form or another, from a connection with the antisocial personality. For that reason Mr. Hubbard offers very specific guidelines for their detection.
To ensure that these guidelines never perpetuate a witch hunt or an unjust condemnation, he also provides a precise description of the social personality – the category that embraces the great majority of mankind. Moreover, Mr. Hubbard continually stresses that, regardless of apparent traits, all men are basically good – even the most seemingly unrepentant.
The importance of detecting the antisocial personality becomes eminently clear when one considers his effect on the lives of those around him. It has been found that a person connected to an antisocial personality will suffer greatly decreased survival, impeding not only his progress in Dianetics and Scientology but in all aspects of his life. Then, too, as his conditions worsen, his ensuing troubles tend to spill over into the lives of others. Hence such a person is designated a “potential trouble source.” With the standard application of materials found in Mr. Hubbard’s Introduction to Scientology Ethics, however, the potential trouble sources can be swiftly helped. Factually, Scientologists use these materials every day to repair marriages, bring parents and children closer together and trade misery for health and happiness.
The Antisocial Personality (n.d.). whatisscientology.org. Retrieved 19 May 2010 from http://www.whatisscientology.org/html/Part04/Chp17/pg0288-a.html
There is an explanation, and it has nothing to do with the gods, fate or the position of the stars. In fact, the actual reason behind these phenomena-and their resolution-has been explained in Scientology.
L. Ron Hubbard was able to see through the complexities of human behavior and discover the underlying factors which explain the phenomenon of suppression in people-for it is suppression by others that causes these seemingly haphazard events. In the excerpts from his writings in this chapter, you will find out how to recognize people who wish you ill and those who should be your friends. You’ll discover why some people do poorly in life and how you can help them regain their well-being. You’ll learn about the mechanics behind this destructive yet commonplace situation and ways to counteract it. It is data that could actually change your life tangibly and instantly, just as it has changed the lives of others.
Overcoming the Ups and Downs in Life (n.d.). scientologyhandbook.org. Retrieved 19 May 2010 from http://www.scientologyhandbook.org/SH11.HTM
There are those who could be called “merchants of chaos.”1 These are people who want an environment to look very, very disturbing. These are people who gain some sort of advantage, they feel, if the environment is made to look more threatening.
An obvious example can be seen in newspapers. There are no good news stories. Newspapermen shove the environment in people’s faces and say, “Look! It’s dangerous. Look! It’s overwhelming. Look! It’s threatening.” They not only report the most threatening bits of news, but also sensationalize it, making it worse than it is. What more do you want as a proof of their intention? This is the merchant of chaos. He is paid to the degree that he can make the environment threatening. To yearn for good news is foolhardy in a society where the merchants of chaos reign.
The chaos merchant has lots of troops among people with vested interests.
And do not think it an accident that the current justice system will take a dangerous criminal, throw him into prison, make him more antisocial and more dangerous and then release him upon the society. The more crime, the more police are needed.
Ideas of this kind are found in the society to a marked degree. It isn’t just the newspaper reporter or the politician; individuals here and there also engage upon this.
A lot of people spend their whole lives as professional chaos merchants; they worry those around them to death. The percentage who do this may be as high as one out of four. For example, a housewife, operating as a merchant of chaos in her sphere of influence, thinks of her husband, “If I can just keep Henry worried enough, he will do what I tell him.” She operates on the idea that it is necessary to spread confusion and upset. But along with this goes a concern, “I wonder why Henry doesn’t get ahead?” Naturally, she is making him sick.
The truth of the matter, however, is this: the environment is not as dangerous, ever, as it is made to appear. Instead, tremendous numbers of people and vast amounts of money are manufacturing a dangerous environment. In fact, in the 1960s a huge proportion of the national budget of the United States was dedicated to atomic war. But if they hadn’t developed the threat, there would not have been one. The money that financed the horror was busy supporting the horror.
It is not to the advantage of those who get their income, appropriations or public interest from the amount of disturbance to make a peaceful environment.
A Calming Influence
Anything that tends to pacify or bring a calmed environment is resisted by the vested interest that backs a disturbed environment.
To the degree Scientology progresses in an area, the environment becomes calmer and calmer. Not less adventurous, but calmer. In other words, the potential hostile, unreachable, untouchable threat in the environment reduces. Somebody who knows more about himself, others and life, and who gets a better grip on situations, has less trouble in his environment. Even though it may only be reduced slightly, it is reduced.
[Image captions: Person walking
Newspapers can have a depressing effect on a person.
Person reading newspaper
Since they deal largely in bad news, they present a generally bleak picture of the world.
Person walking away depressed]
One can carry the bad news around with him and get a negatively distorted idea of his surroundings, which may, in reality, actually be quite calm.
Even somebody who has heard very little of Scientology has less turmoil in his environment. An individual, less threatened by the environment, tends to resurge. He gets less apathetic. He thinks he can do more about life. He can reach outward a little further; therefore he can exert a calming influence upon his immediate environment.
As that progressed forward, more and more individuals would be produced who could bring more and more calm to the environment or handle things better and better. It is only the things which aren’t handled which are chaotic. It would result in a situation where the threat of the environment would die out. This overwhelming, overpowering environment would be tamer and tamer. People would be less and less afraid. You would have more and more opportunity of handling the actual problems that exist instead of people dreaming up problems in order to make some money off of it. It would be a different society.
The merchant of chaos does not like calming influences, however. He will fight anything which lessens disturbance in the environment.
For example, a wife has her husband completely under her thumb. She keeps him worried and upset morning, noon and night.
If the husband now engages in some activity which brings more calmness to the environment, there will be repercussions from the wife. If he is less disturbed, he is less under her control. She would naturally fight the thing that was making her husband more calm.
Yet disturbance and chaos fold up in the face of truth. It is lies which keep the universe continuously disturbed. The introduction of truth into a society would produce a calmer environment with less disturbance and therefore less that could be swindled out of that society by merchants of chaos.
- Merchants of Chaos (n.d.). scientologyhandbook.org. Retrieved 18 May 2010 from http://www.scientologyhandbook.org/SH12_2.HTM ↩