- Introduction to Scientology Ethics 1
- Dianetics and Scientology Technical Dictionary 2
- Modern Management Technology Defined 3
- Scientology’s Online Glossary
- Other Cult Definitions
Suppressive Person — a person who suppresses other people in his vicinity. A suppressive person will goof up or vilify any effort to help anybody and particularly knife with violence anything calculated to make human beings more powerful or more intelligent.
The whole rationale of the suppressive person (SP) is built on the belief that if anyone got better, the SP would be for it as the others could overcome him then.
He is fighting a battle he once fought and never stopped fighting. He is in an incident. Present time people are mistaken by him for past, long-gone enemies.
Therefore, he never really knows what he is fighting in present time, so just fights.
Potential Trouble Source — somebody who is connected with a suppressive person who is invalidating him, his beingness, his life. The person is a potential trouble source because he is connected to the suppressive person.
Potential trouble source means the person is going to go up and fall down. And he is a trouble source because he is going to get upset and because he is going to make trouble. And he really does make trouble. That’s very carefully named.
The exact mechanics of a potential trouble source are as follows: Postulate—counter-postulate is the definition and the anatomy of a problem. And there is no other definition to a problem. A person has had a purpose in life and somebody has suppressed it, or a person has had a purpose over a twenty-four-hour period and somebody suppressed that purpose. In other words, his purpose was his postulate, the other person saying he couldn’t do it was the counter-postulate. That is simply the anatomy of a problem and there is no other reason for roller coaster.
Roller Coaster — a case that betters then worsens. The person is doing well or he is not doing well, and then is doing well, and then is not doing well. That is a roller coaster. And when he is not doing well he is sometimes ill.
A roller coaster is always connected to a suppressive person and will not get steady gain until the suppressive is found on the case.
Suppress — to squash, to sit on, to make smaller, to refuse to let reach, to make uncertain about his reaching, to render or lessen in any way possible by any means possible to the harm of the individual and for the fancied protection of the suppressor.
Suppression in its most fundamental sense is knocking out the beingness or location of another or others.
Dianetics and Scientology Technical Dictionary
ANTISOCIAL PERSONALITY, 1. there are certain characteristics and mental attitudes which cause about 20 per cent of a race to oppose violently any betterment activity or group. Such people are known to have antisocial tendencies. (ISE, p. 9) 2. we’re calling it a suppressive because it is more explicit. (SH Spec 78, 6608C25) See also SUPPRESSIVE PERSON.
MERCHANTS OF CHAOS, there are in our civilization some very disturbing elements. These disturbing elements are the Merchants of Chaos. They deal in confusion and upset. Their daily bread is made by creating chaos. If chaos were to lessen, so would their incomes. It is to their interest to make the environment seem as threatening as possible, for only then can they profit. Their incomes, force, and power rise in direct ratio to the amount of threat they can inject into the surroundings of the people. (NSOL, pp. 17-18) 2. Merchant of Fear or Chaos Merchant and which we can now technically call the suppressive person. (HCO PL 5 Apr 65)
MERCHANTS OF FEAR 1. probably the truly aberrative personalities in our society do not number more than five or ten per cent. They have very special traits. Where you find in the preclear’s bank a person with one or more of these characteristics, you will have the person who most thoroughly tried the preclear’s sanity. Such people would be better understood if I called them the “Merchants of Fear.” (PAB 13) 2. We can now technically call the suppressive person. (HCO PL 5 Apr 65, Handling the Suppressive Person)
NO CASE GAIN, 1. persons with heavy overts on Scn make no case progress. (HCOB 23 Nov 62) 2. no TA actions in auditing or “little TA” (less than ten divs per session). (HCO PL 5 Apr 65) 3. no case-change despite good tries with the routine processes. (HCO PL 5 Apr 65 II)
NO-GAIN-CASE, 1. the suppressive person is a specialist in making others ARC break with generalized entheta that is mostly lies. He or she is also a no-gain-case. So avid are such for the smashing of others by covert or overt means that their case is bogged and won’t move under routine processing. (HCO PL 5 Apr 65, Handling the Suppressive Person) 2. such a person has withholds, he or she can’t communicate freely to as-is the block on the track that keeps them in some yesterday. Hence, a “no-case-gain.” (HCO PL 5 Apr 65, Handling the Suppressive Person) 3. this case performs continual calculating covert hostile acts damaging to others. This case puts the enturbulence and upset into the environment, breaks the chairs, messes up the rugs and spoils the traffic flow with “goofs” done intentionally. (HCO PL 5 Apr 65, Handling the Suppressive Person) 4. the “withholdy case that ARC breaks easily,” “the blowy student” “unstable gain student.” (HCO PL 5 Apr 65 II)
POTENTIAL TROUBLE SOURCE, 1. a person or preclear who “roller-coasters,” i.e., gets better, then worse. This occurs only when his connection to a suppressive person or group is unhandled and he must, in order to make his gains from Scn permanent, receive processing intended to handle such. (ISE, p. 48) 2. somebody who is connected with an SP who is invalidating him, his beingness, his processing, his life. (SH Spec 63, 6506C08) 3. means the case is going to go up and fall down. He’s a trouble source because he’s going to get upset. He’s a trouble source because he’s going to make trouble. And he’s trouble for the auditor and he’s trouble for us and he’s trouble for himself. (SH Spec 68, 6510C14) 4. it means someone connected to a person or group opposed to Scn. It is a technical thing. It results in illness and roller-coaster and is the cause of illness and roller-coaster. (HCOB 17 Apr 72) Abbr. PTS.
PTS, 1. means potential trouble source which itself means a person connected to a suppressive person. All sick persons are PTS. All pcs who roller-coaster (regularly lose gains) are PTS. Suppressive persons are themselves PTS to themselves. (HCOB 20 Apr 72) 2. is the manifestation of a postulate-counter-postulate. (SH Spec 68, 6510C14) 3. the mechanism of PTS is environmental menace that keeps something continually keyed in. This can be a constant recurring somatic or continual, recurring pressure or a mass. The menace in the environment is not imaginary in such extreme cases. The action can be taken to key it out. But if the environmental menace is actual and persists it will just key in again. This gives recurring pressure unrelieved by usual processing. (HCOB 5 Dec 68)
ROCK SLAM, 1. the following is the only valid definition of an R/S: The crazy, irregular left-right slashing motion of the needle on the E-Meter dial. R/Ses repeat left and right slashes unevenly and savagely, faster than the eye easily follows. The needle is frantic. The width of an R/S depends largely on sensitivity setting. It goes from one-fourth inch to whole dial. But it slams back and forth. A rock slam (R/S) means a hidden evil intention on the subject or question under auditing or discussion. Valid R/Ses are not always instant reads. An R/S can read prior or latently. One slash doesn’t begin to be an R/S. Nor two or three for that matter. The correct definition of an R/S includes that it slashes savagely left and right. A dirty needle is not to be confused with an R/S. They are distinctly different reads. You never mistake an R/S if you have ever seen one. A dirty needle is far less frantic. The difference between a rock slam and a dirty needle is in the character of the read, not the size. Persistent use of “fish and fumble” can sometimes turn a dirty needle into a rock slam. However until it does it is simply a dirty needle. Auditors, C/Ses, supervisors must must must know the difference between these two types of reads cold. (HCOB 3 Sept 78) 2. The term was taken from a process in the 50s which sought to locate “A rock” on the pc’s early timetrack; the “slam” is a description of the needle violence, meaning it “slams” back and forth. For a time all left right motions of the needle were considered and called “Rockslams” until it was found that a smooth left right flow was a symptom of release or key out and this became the “Floating Needle.” There is yet another left right motion of the needle called the “Theta Bop.” This occurs when the person has or is trying to exteriorize. “Theta” is the symbol for the person as a spirit or goodness; “bop” is an electronic term for a slight hitch in the sweep of a needle. A “Theta Bop” hitches evenly at each end of the sweep left and right and is very even in the middle of the sweep. Neither the “Floating Needle” nor the “Theta Bop” can be confused with a “Rockslam.” The difference of the Rockslam is uneven, frantic slashing left and right; even the distances traveled left and right are likely to be different in each swing from the last. A rockslam means a hidden evil intention on the subject or question under discussion or auditing. (HCOB 10 Aug 76R)
ROCK SLAMMER, 1. there are, for our purposes, two kinds of R/Sers. (a) those who R/S on subjects not connected with Scn and (b) those who R/S on subjects connected to Scn. The latter is a “List One R/Ser” and it is of great importance to us that they be located and moved off lines when they are part of staffs as their intent is solely to destroy us whatever else they say: their intent is solely to destroy us whatever else they say: their long run actions will prove it. The definition of a List One R/Ser is anyone who has R/Sed on List One.4 Staff concerned must be able to identify an R/Ser which is different from someone with an R/S. (HCOB 1 Nov 74R)
ROLLER-COASTER, 1. a case that betters and worsens. A roller-coaster is always connected to a suppressive person and will not get steady gains until the suppressive is found on the case or the basic suppressive person earlier. Because the case doesn’t get well he or she is a potential trouble source to us, to others and to himself. (HCOB 8 Nov 65) 2. a slump after a gain. Pcs who do not hold their gains are PTS. (HCOB 9 Dec 71RA) 3. gets better, gets worse, gets better, gets worse. (SH Spec 63, 6506C08 )
ROLLER-COASTERING, the PTS is known by roller-coastering (Coney Island fast up and down quarter-mile of aerial railway). They slump. (HCOB 3 Apr 66)
ROLLYCOASTER CASE, Slang. a potential trouble source, and just on the other side of him there is a suppressive person invalidating his gains. He’s never going to get any better, not until he is labeled a potential trouble source and told to handle. (SH Spec 61, 6505C18)
SUPPRESSIVE ACTS, 1. acts calculated to impede or destroy Scn or a Scientologist. (HCO PL 23 Dec 65) 2. actions or omissions undertaken to knowingly suppress, reduce or impede Scn or Scientologists. (HCO PL 23 Dec 65)
SUPPRESSIVE GROUPS, are defined as those which seek to destroy Scn or which specialize in injuring or killing persons or damaging their cases or which advocate suppression of mankind. (HCO PL 29 Jun 68)
SUPPRESSIVE PERSON, 1. he’s solving a present time problem which hasn’t in actual fact existed for the last many trillenia in most cases, and yet he is taking the actions in present time which solve that problem. The guy’s totally stuck in present time, that is the whole anatomy of psychosis. (SH Spec 61, 6505C18) 2. a person who rewards only down statistics and never rewards an up statistic. He goofs up or vilifies any effort to help anybody and particularly knifes with violence anything calculated to make human beings more powerful or intelligent. A suppressive automatically and immediately will curve any betterment activity into something evil or bad. (SH Spec 73, 6608C02) 3. a person who doesn’t get case gain because of continuing overts. (SH Spec 67, 6509C21) 4. the person is in a mad, howling situation of some yesteryear and is “handling it” by committing overt acts today. I say condition of yesteryear but this case thinks it’s today. (HCO PL 5 Apr 65) 5. an SP is a no-confront case because, not being in his own valence he has no viewpoint from which to erase anything. That is all an SP is. (HCO PL 20 Oct 67) 6. those who are destructively antisocial. (HCO PL 30 Aug 70) 7. a person with certain behavior characteristics and who suppresses other people in his vicinity and those other people when he suppresses them become PTS or potential trouble sources. (SH Spec 78, 6608C25) 8. is one that actively seeks to suppress or damage Scn or a Scientologist by suppressive acts. (ISE, p. 48) 9. a person who has had a counter-postulate to the pc you are handling. (SH Spec 68, 6510C14) Abbr. SP
ANTISOCIAL PERSONALITY, 1. the antisocial personality has the following attributes: (1) he or she speaks only in very broad generalities. (2) such a person deals mainly in bad news, critical or hostile remarks, invalidation and general suppression. (3) the antisocial personality alters, to worsen communication when he or she relays a message or news. Good news is stopped and only bad news, often embellished, is passed along. (4) a characteristic, and one of the sad things about an antisocial personality, is that it does not respond to treatment or reform or psychotherapy. (5) surrounding such a personality we find cowed or ill associates or friends who, when not driven actually insane, are yet behaving in a crippled manner in life, failing, not succeeding. (6) the antisocial personality habitually selects the wrong target. (7) the antisocial cannot finish a cycle of action. (8) many antisocial persons will freely confess to the most alarming crimes when forced to do so, but will have no faintest sense of responsibility for them. (9) the antisocial personality supports only destructive groups and rages against and attacks any constructive or betterment group. (10) this type of personality approves only of destructive actions and fights against constructive or helpful actions or activities. (11) helping others is an activity which drives the antisocial personality nearly berserk. Activities, however, which destroy in the name of help are closely supported. (12) the antisocial personality has a bad sense of property and conceives that the idea that anyone owns anything is a pretense made up to fool people. Nothing is ever really owned. (HCOB 27 Sept 66) 2. the suppressive person. You, in speaking of it, actually marry up with old technology because they have looked for this fellow called the antisocial person for a long time. Freud used the term. Psychologists use the term. They’ve used the term for a long time. They know there is such a person called the antisocial personality and this is the personality for which they have been groping. We’re calling it a suppressive because it is more explicit. (SH Spec 78, 6608C25)
POTENTIAL TROUBLE SOURCE, 1. the PTS guy is fairly obvious. He’s here, he’s way up today and he’s way down tomorrow and he gets a beautiful session and then he gets terribly ill. That’s the history of his life. If you look into his folder, you will look at a folder summary and you will see that every two or three sessions is a repair. He can’t stay on a program. He goes a little distance up the Grade Chart then has to be patched up. It looks like Coney Island—hence rollercoaster. (ESTO 3, 7203C02 SO I) 2. the main cause of being a potential trouble source is being connected with persons (such as marital or familial ties) of known antagonism to Scn. (OODs 4 Jun 71) 3. those who are connected with the destructively anti-social outside the org. (HCO PL 30 Aug 70) 4. the mechanism of PTS is environmental menace that keeps something continually keyed in. This can be a constant recurring somatic or continual, recurring pressure or a mass. The menace in the environment is not imaginary in such extreme cases. The action can be taken to key it out. But if the environmental menace is actual and persists it will just key in again. This gives recurring pressure unrelieved by usual processing. (HCOB 5 Dec 68) Abbr. PTS.
PSYCHOSIS, 1. we know what psychosis is these days. It is simply an evil purpose; it means a definite obsessive desire to destroy. Now anybody has a few evil purposes when they suddenly think of this or that, that they don’t want to do. They’d say “Boy I’d like to get even with that guy” or something. That’s not what we’re really talking about. This is the monitoring evil purpose which monitors all of this guy’s activities, and that is a real psycho. Now there are people who are PTS and who act fairly psycho and there are people who are quote “aberrated.” They’ve simply got out-points in their thinking. The psychiatrist never differentiated amongst these people. That’s because he thought people had a disease called mental illness. It is not true. There is no such thing as a mental illness. There is no bacteria which produces psychosis. (ESTO 3, 7203C02 SO I) 2. if he’s real crazy he can’t see anything. He’s just got to fight. Well, if you knew what he was fighting you wouldn’t feel so sorry for him. He’s back there on the track a few trillion years fighting the Ugbugs. He’s solving a present time problem which hasn’t in actual fact existed for the last many trillenia in most cases, and yet he is taking the actions in present time which solve that problem with the Ugbugs. What the devil is that all about? Well the guy is totally stuck in present time. He’s got 99.999999999% of his attention units at some past period of the track. An exact precise period of the track. And in that precise exact instant he is fighting off something and is trying to handle something by some means and those are the means and practices which he is using in present time. He does not have any problem with you. You do not have any problem with him at all. You aren’t back there where he is and he isn’t up where you are. Now you can assume there are problems, but that isn’t the problem he’s trying to solve. That is the whole anatomy of psychosis. (SH Spec 61, 6505C18) 3. Dwindling sanity is a dwindling ability to assign time and space. Psychosis is a complete inability to assign time and space. (Scn 8-80, p. 44)
SUPPRESS, to squash, to sit on. To make smaller, to refuse to let reach, to make uncertain about his reaching, to render or lessen in any way possible by any means possible, to the harm of the individual and for the fancied protection of a suppressor. (SH Spec 84, 6612C13)
SUPPRESSIVE ACTS, 1. actions or omissions undertaken to knowingly suppress, reduce or impede Scientology or Scientologists. (HCO PL 23 Dec 65) 2. the overt or covert actions or omissions knowingly and willfully undertaken to suppress, reduce, prevent or destroy case gains, and/or the influence of Scn on activities, and/or the continued Scn success and actions on the part of organizations and Scientologists. (BPL 9 Aug 71R I)
SUPPRESSIVE PERSON, 1. next door to the “theetie-weetie” case is the totally overwhelmed condition we call SP (suppressive person). When a living being is out of his own valence and in the valence of a thoroughly bad even if imaginary image you get an SP. An SP is a no-confront case because, not being in his own valence he has no viewpoint from which to erase anything. That is all an SP is. (HCO PL 20 Oct 67) 2. continuous overts, wrong target, non-completions of cycles of actions are primary manifestations. When accompanied by no-case-gain you’ve got him tagged. (SH Spec 73, 6608C02) 3. no-case-gain, low OCA, bad ethics record, low production stats. (HCO PL 28 May 72) 4. now any thetan wants out. Even the SP himself, personally wants out. Only he, unfortunately, is sure that you are simply trying to put him in. You see, he knows he belongs in, and he is very described as somebody who is totally surrounded by Martians, regardless of who you are. You see, he is stuck in an incident which has personnel that have nothing to do with present time. Yet, all that personnel is in present time and you are that personnel, so that of course, you have to be held down. Therefore he commits almost continuous crimes in an effort to hold people down. A suppressive is in active attack on Scn. He commits overts twenty four hours a day. (SH Spec 73, 6608C02) 5. it might interest you how an SP comes about. He’s already got enough overts to deserve more motivators than you can shake a stick at. He has done something to dish one and all in. He’s been a bad boy. Now the reason he got to be a bad boy was by switching valences. He had a bad boy over there and he then, in some peculiar way, got into that bad boy valence. Now he knows what he is—he’s a bad boy. Man is basically good but he mocks up evil valences and then gets into them. You see, he says the other fellow is bad. The other fellow was bad and eventually he got this pasted-up other fellow and one day he becomes the other fellow, see, in a valence shift or personality— whole, complete package of personality. And there he is. So now he is an evil fellow. He knows how he is supposed to act. He is supposed to act like the other fellow. That’s the switcheroo. That’s how evil comes into being. (SH Spec 73, 6608C02) Abbr. SP.
POTENTIAL TROUBLE SOURCE is defined as a person who while active in Scientology or a pc yet remains connected to a person or group that is a suppressive person or group.
A SUPPRESSIVE PERSON or GROUP is one that actively seeks to suppress or damage Scientology with suppressive acts.
SUPPRESSIVE ACTS are acts calculated to impede or destroy Scientology or a Scientologist.5
- Hubbard, L. R. (1998). Introduction to Scientology Ethics. Los Angeles, Bridge Publications, Inc. ↩
- Hubbard, L. R. (1975). Dianetics and Scientology Technical Dictionary. Los Angeles, Church of Scientology of California. ↩
- Hubbard, L. R. (1976). Modern Management Technology Defined: Hubbard Dictionary of Administration and Management. Los Angeles, Bridge Publications, Inc. ↩
- See List One. ↩
- Reference HCO PL Suppressive Acts Suppression of Scientology or Scientologists ↩