Labeling: An Insidious Cognitive Distortion That Fools You Into Thinking You Understand Someone When You Don’t

Labeling Cognitive distortionI first encountered the problem with labeling when I was a Scientologist. 

My father and I fought – a lot. After some initial successes in using Scientology techniques to control that fighting, over the years, fights would still break out. And they were always emotionally upsetting to me.

I was very aware of the PTS/SP technology in Scientology and there was always a temptation to just go ahead and label my father as an “SP” and be done with him. The highly trained Scientologists in my mission, Class 8 auditors George Seidler and his son Andy Seidler, never once encouraged me to do this. In fact, they were against it.

When I asked their advice on whether they thought my father was an SP, they very carefully said nothing. Instead, in a long discussion I had with Andy about this subject, he told me that my father and I were in a “games condition”, and that I should learn how to handle those in order to handle my relationship with my father.

I won’t go into what L Ron Hubbard said that a games condition was, except to say that this was a label used to characterize a situation or a series of a events, rather than a person. That’s the important distinction here. It was also very useful to me to learn about this idea from Scientology. And yes, I was able to use it to further improve my relationship with my father.

In cognitive behavioral therapy, one of the few scientifically-tested forms of psychological therapy, labeling is considered a cognitive distortion. Here’s part of the Wikipedia description of the cognitive distortion of labeling.

Labeling

Labeling theory – A more severe type of overgeneralization; attributing a person’s actions to their character instead of some accidental attribute. Rather than assuming the behavior to be accidental or extrinsic, the person assigns a label to someone or something that implies the character of that person or thing.

  • Example of “labeling”: Instead of believing that you made a mistake, you believe that you are a loser, because only a loser would make that kind of mistake. Or, someone who made a bad first impression is a “jerk”, in the absence of some more specific cause.

The whole problem with labeling my father an SP, no matter how upset I became with him, and no matter how tempting it was for me to label him, was that I’d known my father all my life. And while Hubbard’s label for the Anti-Social personality did describe some of his characteristics – sometimes – it certainly did not describe all of the characteristics I knew about him. Not by a long shot.

In fact, at one point when I was really facing this down, a small piece of me way down deep found it absurd that 12 traits, or even 24, could describe anyone. As a Scientologist, I didn’t entertain that piece of me for very long – it was too dangerous to my continued effort to prop up the Scientology in my head.

And anyway, if I did entertain that piece of me, it might mean that I’m an SP!

See how sticky the label of SP is? Once you assume that the label of “SP” is real, that there are real, live human beings walking around on the planet who are “SPs”, it’s very hard to not use the label in all of your thinking about yourself and others.

It wasn’t until I got out of Scientology that I learned two important concepts in critical thinking that effectively killed off any temptation to accept the label of Suppressive Person as a real thing.

Mental Constructs

A mental construct is a category of contemplation which reminds you to distinguish between real things and your thoughts about them. Real things are those that can be touched, physically measured, and experienced outside your head. Thoughts are things which exist only inside your head.

I know it sounds so simple that you shouldn’t need to say it, but for anyone who has ever been involved in Scientology, believe me, it’s important to say.

When I first understood this concept of a mental construct, I began to identify all the mental constructs that Scientology was built upon. I realized that there was almost nothing that was actually real in Scientology at all. From reactive minds to service facsimiles to Suppressive People, Scientology was almost 100% made up of mental constructs. That’s when the whole house of cards really started to fall for me as a Scientologist.

Mental constructs are not logical fallacies. They are very useful. For instance, there was a string of armed conflicts and insurgent actions from April 19, 1775 until 3 September 1783 across the eastern coast of the United States. These real events all occurred in time and place in the real world. These events all had a similar purpose, and that was for the British colonies to become independent of British rule, and for the British army to try to stop that from happening. We lump all these real events together and we use a mental construct to call them “The American Revolutionary War”.

This may shock you, but the American Revolutionary War didn’t really happen. All those battles did. “American Revolutionary War” is simply a mental construct we use to organize and understand those real events.

This is a legitimate use of a mental construct because it takes real things that really happened and organizes them in a way they they can be better understood.

As you’ll see, mental constructs don’t always meet this test of validity. And when they don’t, and you believe in them – oblivious to the fact that they are a mental construct only – you can get into big trouble not in just your thinking, but in your real life too.

The Logical Fallacy of Reification

The second critical thinking tool which helps to identify the fallacies involved in the use of labeling is the logical fallacy of reification. Reification is defined in wikipedia as:

…Also known as concretism or the fallacy of misplaced concreteness, reification is a fallacy that occurs when an abstract belief or hypothetical construct is treated as if it were a concrete real event or physical entity. In other words, it is the error of treating something that is not concrete, such as an idea, as a concrete thing. A common case of reification is the confusion of a model with reality: “the map is not the territory”.

The term comes from Latin res (“thing”) and -fication, a suffix related to facere (“to make”). Thus reification can be loosely translated as “thing-making”; the turning of something abstract into a concrete thing or object.

So we have this label called “the Suppressive Person”. And we assume that SPs are real.

But when we take a human being who has been thoroughly checked out by the highest authorities in the Church of Scientology to be a real, live SP, and we examine his brain, his heart, and his lungs, we find absolutely no difference between the real parts of this “SP” and any other human being on earth. So there’s no real type of human being called an SP.

When confronted with this fact, the believers of SPs invoke the escape hatch for their belief: “Yes, but an SP exists in his BEHAVIOR and not in his brain matter!”

So we pursue the believer through his escape hatch. We acknowledge that behavior and actions really happen in the real world. You can pull out your smart phone and video them. If the theory on SPs is valid, then a real live SP would be a human being that goes around suppressing people.

Next question: What percentage of the time would he need to be suppressing people to be an SP? 100% of the time? More than 50% of the time? Would he ever NOT suppress someone? And if that’s true, even once, can we really label that whole human being as an SP, when he’s only suppressive sometimes?

This skeptical questioning causes the believer to dive into his next escape hatch for his belief in SPs: “Yes but it’s a term that is used pragmatically to cleanse your life of toxic people. You don’t need to follow an SP around 24/7 to see if he’s really an SP. You just need to “handle him” so he’s not suppressing you any more, and if he doesn’t “handle”, then you need to disconnect from him!”

This pursuit of the believer through his series of escape hatches gets us closer to the truth of what this label of SP actually is. If this label is simply a pragmatic tool to get away from people who you feel are toxic to you – then does that not admit that there are really are no such things as SPs in the real world?

If the label SP is just a pragmatic tool and there is no such thing as SPs, then SPs are only people who you are presently upset with, or who oppose or hinder you when you are trying to get something done.

And if that’s the case, doesn’t labeling a person as an SP block your ability to fully understand this human being that you are so upset with, and why they do what they do? Thus ensuring that you are never able to come to a resolution with him?

I think it’s the belief in the PTS/SP technology that is one of the most crippling set of beliefs in Scientology for this very reason: A Scientologist who sees SPs everywhere soon becomes unable to handle almost anything and anyone in his life.

I found this to be true even before I’d left Scientology. I knew that human beings have an infinite potential to be good and to be bad. And in order to understand them, you have to understand their environment and the problems that they are trying to handle themselves.

But that takes a lot of work. Most of the time you are so upset with the “SP” that you simply do not want to do that work, and you just want to get away from them.

Well that’s fine. But don’t then pretend that you understand the person you have labeled as an SP and all that motivates his behavior just because – like picking your nose and wiping a booger on him – you labeled him an SP.

I think that labeling people with labels like “SP” is a way to try to understand what is going on in the heads and hearts of people you are upset with – at a time when it’s the very hardest for you to understand them.

Nevertheless, labeling people is a very bad substitute for understanding them, because the meager insufficiency of the label itself can lead to further upsets and more damage to the relationship than if you were never fooled into believing in SPs in the first place.

These beliefs, their stickiness and their inherent escape hatches, don’t just apply to the label of SP. They apply to ANY label that you use as a substitute for understanding another human being.

Labeling People in Anti-Scientology

There are many parallels to the labeling done in anti-Scientology with the labeling done in Scientology. You would think that Ex-Scientologists who could see the fallacies in the PTS/SP technology would never get tripped up making these same mistakes when they get themselves out of Scientology.

But for a majority of Exes, I have found that the opposite is true.

After they get out of Scientology, too many Exes go straight for grabbing the corresponding labels that some of the most sloppy psychologists use to describe people. There is a label in Psychology actually called the “Anti-Social Personality” – which Hubbard probably stole from and bastardized for Scientologists for his “Suppressive Person” label.

But there are many more labels for an Ex-Scientologist to choose from to stereotype the motivations of people they are upset with after Scientology.

“Narcissist”, and all its flavors, is another one.

How many types of narcissists are there?

There are:

  • Malignant narcissists
  • Collapsed narcissists
  • Acquired situational narcissists
  • Aggressive narcissists
  • Codependent or Inverted narcissists
  • Collective narcissists
  • Conversational narcissists
  • Corporate narcissists
  • Cross-cultural narcissists
  • Cultural narcissism
  • Destructive narcissists
  • Medical narcissists
  • Phallic narcissists
  • Sexual narcissists
  • Spiritual narcissists

and, believe it or not, there is even the “healthy narcissist.”

Just think about that. Isn’t this more about loving to use labels than an attempt to define anything real? Not one of these labels of types of “narcissist” is any more real than the label of “SP”, “PTS”, Degraded Being, or even “Witch”.

And to a person who believes in narcissists? By questioning the very idea of narcissism, this whole post that I am writing – all 2500 words of it – PROVES that I am a narcissist!

My point is that these labels are extremely shoddy substitutes for understanding people when you really need to understand them. In fact, these labels BLOCK that understanding when they are supposed to provide it.

There is no substitute for being willing and able to see things from someone else’s perspective -especially when you are locked in the middle a major battle or dispute with them. It’s the hardest thing to do, but I think that it is the ONLY valid route to resolving your disputes with others.

It is a major skill in itself. And that skill actually provides the tools you really need to “overcome the ups and downs in life”.

Having said all that, and with all these concepts in mind, watch this interview that Chris Shelton did with his psychologist his friend Rachel Bernstein called “Narcissists, Psychopaths and Sociopaths – Oh My!”

It’s more than an hour long, but you can get the feel for what I am saying by just watching the first 10 or 15 minutes. Observe their knowing nods with one another, and their complete lack of critical thinking and skeptical questioning of their own belief system about labeling other human beings.

I might be wrong, but it appears to me that Rachel Bernstein’s whole practice is based on labeling the people who surround her patients. As a psychologist who can’t prescribe medications, it seems to me that she works to find the right label that “indicates” to her patients, rather than the right drug and its correct dosage.

Again – I could be wrong.

And I’m sorry for bringing up Chris Shelton again. But he is such a great example of an Anti-Scientologist who is an unquestioning True Believer of the Anti-Scientology narrative. His sermons on the Anti-Scientology ideology are classics in unquestioning belief in one’s chosen religion after Scientology.

After being in the Sea Org and everything else Chris has experienced, you would think that Chris would have learned the problems in adopting an ideology to do your thinking for you.

Oh well.

Maybe he still will.

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Eileen
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Nice work on Cognitive concepts. CBT helps many people. I hope you will write more on this topic.
The list of types of narcisssists shows how ridiculous labeling can be as we make finer and finer cuts on a label.
I have always liked the concept of “healthy narcissism”. It recognizes that self-promoting can be healthy. It protects the diagnosis from being used against people who are merely seeking their own best interest. Nothing wrong with that.

Joe Pendleton
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Just started looking at your blog Allen, after years of reading your comments on various other blogs. Lots of interesting stuff here to think about and you make your points very well. Keep up the good work.

statpush
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First, I don’t know Chris Shelton; however, I have read/watched most of this output. Some things I agree with, other things not.

One of the things I do not agree with is: The ex-Scnist has been damaged by being involved in Scn, and will likely spend the rest of their life recovering from it. Once an alcoholic, always an alcoholic.

Now, he has the unenviable, unofficial title of Scn Answer Man. This is a position that he has assumed and is running with it, so I have to assume this was intentional. The primary liability with such a position is, you feel compelled to come up with a “logical” explanation for anything Scn-related.

At times I find this disingenuous. The may preface a response with “I don’t anything about that…”, in an effort to appear honest and unbiased. But, then proceed to present a response borne out of his “learned reasoning” and “critical thinking”. From that point forward he operates off of that, as if it were fact.

In order for his theories to work, everyone must essentially be the same on some level (Scn concept). So, everyone has been traumatized; everyone has been damaged; everyone has deceived themselves, or allowed themselves to be deceived.

If an Ex were to say, “I’m over it”, well, they are just “in denial”. Because per Shelton’s Recovery Model ©, you’re never really “over it”. You essentially have to be an Anti-Scnist for the rest of your days; continually digging and exposing the bottomless pit of lies and deception within Scn.

If you’re in the business of Anti-Scn, the last thing you want is people recovering from it. Again, this is very similar to the church’s business model. You don’t want actual, real OTs, you want people trying to go OT.

I shouldn’t be too hard on Chris, he’s trying to work through this himself. Everyone has their own route. And I know he works hard on his videos, more than what I’m doing. I have found many of his videos to be informative and well-presented.

For new Ex’s, Shelton’s place is a good place to land.

And eventually…they’ll end up here 🙂

Richard
Guest

statpush – Over the past few months I’ve been telling a good friend of mine about a few things I’ve been learning about and thinking about from participating on the scn blogs. He worries that I’m still “stuck in scientology.” laughter – I assure him that I’m not, but I think he’s still leery!

As far as “new Ex’s”, I doubt there are that many. Maybe a few hundred per year.

statpush
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“Stuck in Scientology” is an appropriate term. Scn is very sticky. Ex-Scn is very sticky.

John Doe
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This is a fascinating subject, and worth discussion and further inspection.

Some labels, such as “The American Revolutionary War,” are useful. One has to remember that it is a label and that it is a construct and often that can be quite the trick.

I find the label Narcissist to be useful, but only when closely defined to a set of clearly stated behaviors. One has to know onenis looking at a map of the terrain.

Indeed, I would say that this distinction of the map vs the terrain is not even taught in school or if it is, it is not emphasized enough. If one had “special interests”, it would make it easier to get support for your cause if people were confused in the area of mistaking constructs for reality.

But I think you can go a bit too far in decrying the use of Labeling. Labeling is a word, a shorthand concept, that describes a natural mental function to attempt to organize observations and thoughts about something in order to better understand it, and probably more importantly, to reduce the unpredictability of that thing.

Some useful labels:

Unlawful
Nutritious
Friendly

Some easy to manipulate, and thus problematic labels:

Moral
Right

Some labels which have been so abused, or so manipulative, its probably best to reject them:

Lib-tard
Psycho
Suppressive Person

A problem with labeling is that it is so easy for a special interest to co-opt your thinking by relabeling things or coloring or spinning the meanings.

Since the tendency and desire to label is ingrained in humans and is going to continue, perhaps a useful thing to
teach going forward would be the basic idea of labels being a map and not the terrain and the different types of labels and how they can be used against you.

Marco
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I hope you post my comment because this is a subject that I find interesting. IMHO – Labeling is used to give people an idea of what to expect in another person. I think people can change and sometimes do. Labeling from the field of Psychiatry gets abused by members who don’t use it correctly – especially if they can get someone on to addictive drug$. The majority of psychiatric labels are helpful to me – however, I use them sparingly. I was in Scientology and did the Bridge to Clear. I also trained up to Pro Metering and found the e-meter to be an arbitrary tool. Did anyone else? Did anyone else notice that L Ron Hubbard accused the psychs of labeling while he designed the tech to label his members. For example – he says anyone connected to someone who does not like Scientology is PTS, The SP is someone who criticizes Scientology and the founder. There is the Pre-Clear, the past life clear, the mest clear, the dianetic clear, the GAT I Clear and now the GAT II Clear with super powers, L’s and the havingness Rundown. We have the FEBC trained staff member, the Class 9 auditor etc. Labels galore. What do you think about L Ron Hubbard’s Labels in Scientology after accusing the Psychs of labeling, Alanzo? I would be interested in hearing your viewpoint. Also I am curious Alanzo, do you still use “Scientologese? ARC – Marco

Claire Swazey
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You’ve been discussing stepping away from labels a fair bit lately. I like that.

When I was an indie, I kept telling people that. I wanted to make the point that there’s more than one thing to be in re matters scientological. But I got too into the label and identity so I decided no more of that. Then I tried very hard to let people know about this change. However, with the scapegoating I was experiencing, it seemed like some people were trying to push me back into that stereotype. A young woman who was already FZ before I met her later decided to ditch it. All of a sudden I was getting snippy shit from her and a couple others on FB -“you can’t keep her in any longer! ” I was aghast since I’d never told her to be into or out of the FZ and I didn’t give a damn what ideological choices she made.

Boomima on ESMB, during one of their many ” I hate Claire” threads sourly said I was the most Scientologist ex Scientologists she ever knew. All I can come up with is that the scapegoat archetype psychologists talk about is true and it involves projection.

It’s labels. People seem to need them. I know we need some definitions and structure in our lives, but we coukd ditch a lot of labels and do much better.

Gib
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oh yes, Alanzo, Labeling, something I realized a few years back reading sources and/or possible sources of Hubbard’s ideas to influence or persuade others and other posts on all blogs, for Hubbard was to get people to become scientologists.

The title of your post actually explains scientology or a scientologist:

“Labeling: An Insidious Cognitive Distortion That Fools You Into Thinking You Understand Someone When You Don’t”

There is no such thing called scientology or the science of knowing how to know, or an applied religious philosophy called scientology. It’s actually all of Hubbards ideas. The word scientology is a label as well as scientologist, those words are a shore story. LOL

I like Marco’s comments. Let me expand on them. All of what I say is open to debate, right? LOL

Hubbard was very clever with labels and he used them a lot. There is the familiar well talked about labels of PTS, SP, wog, etc., as you explain.

But what about the the other labels? There are thousands of them. And here we get into Marco’s post and more.

There is the label of HCOB’s, HCO PL’s ie OEC FEBC trained, there is the label of every post or staff recruited position on Hubbard’s org board for Missions, Class 5 orgs, Sea Orgs and sub Sea Org Orgs,

There are the labels of training in dianetics and scientology.

There is the label of every step on the Bridge to Total Freedom from ARC Release, Grade 0, 1, 2, 3, 4 to Clear and then to OT 8 and above. And of course the side line so called products of the L’s, Super Power, etc.

All labels and all An Insidious Cognitive Distortion That Fools You Into Thinking You Understand Someone When You Don’t.

I am not the Commodore or Captain of the Sea org. LOL

Eileen
Guest

Hi Gib,
The beginning of this post is very interesting. The idea that Scientology is a “shore story” for Hubbardism is quite possibly the best description (and most accurate) I have ever heard. Brilliant.

However, I have to agree with Alanzo that the rest of your post does miss the point of the topic heading. Alanzo wrote about Cognitive theory, not really about Scientology theory. Unless you are making the point that “OT8”, for example, is a construct that describes the complex end phenomena of that level. Even then it doesn’t seem to advance the conversation.
What is the point you are making?

Gib
Guest

Eileen, what’s the label applied to a OT8 completion?

Richard
Guest

Hi Gib – Alanzo enjoys intellectual debate. I’m just a simple man, as Bill O’Reilly likes to say.

Chanting “No Clears! No OTs!” and trashing “exterior with full perception” is the easy way of trashing the whole subject of scn. Some people feel they got nothing from scn. It’s an individual matter.

I want to compliment you, Gib, on your research and investigations, apparently starting soon after leaving scn. I just went out and rejoined the everyday wog world. I’m still a wog with a few spiritual notions.

Richard
Guest

Here’s a better chant. I crank it up loud when my wife is out of the house.
Chanting Itipiso Katha 108X There’s a translation a bit down in the comments.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ivSD7UQABr0&t=281s

Another pleasant chant on the same page is Daily Chanting by V.V. Thera

Richard
Guest

I’m not a Buddhist, but I really like the translation of that chant. Here it is:

Homage to the Buddha
Thus indeed is that Blessed One:
He is the Holy One, fully enlightened
Endowed with clear vision and virtuous conduct
Sublime, the Knower of the worlds
The incomparable leader of men to be tamed
The teacher of gods and men
Enlightened and blessed

Gib
Guest

I know.

I never said I got nothing from scientology.

Hubbard said something like if you take all the knowledge of the world and reduce it to a few books, and if you further reduce it down, and down to a word, the word is survive.

If you take all of scientology, the books, lectures, advice’s, training, auditing, HCOB’s, HCO PL’s etc. and reduce it down to a few words you get No Clears, No OT’s.

Big Grin

Eileen
Guest

A wise man once said:
Scientology, a shore story for Hubbardism…
😉

Virginia McClaughry
Guest

Christianity has got that beat many times over:
Christianity, a shore story for Mosesism, Peterism, Paulism, Lukeism, ad nauseum.

And they’re not the only ones who have their isms making up their religion.

Are we seeing a pattern here?

lol

Virginia McClaughry
Guest

Oh! Scientology is on its way to gathering its own multiple isms too!

Scientology, a shore story for Hubbardism and Miscavigeism.

Richard
Guest

LOL!

Richard
Guest

Gib – I yield to your superior logic – laughter!

Virginia McClaughry
Guest

And, if you took all of every religious book, lecture, ritual etc. of the world’s major religions and reduce it down to a few words you get – No heaven, No Hell.

Kinda similar, aren’t they.

Virginia McClaughry
Guest

From Mike –

In all the other religions they tell you that you have to die before you can know whether there is a heaven or hell. At least in scientology, you don’t have to die before you can know that what it ultimately offers isn’t true. So that’s something.

Gib
Guest

How many types of scientologists are there?

from your beginning post Alanzo, here it is:

How many types of narcissists(scientologists) are there?

There are:

Malignant narcissists (arc sw scientologists)
Collapsed narcissists (grade 0 completions)
Acquired situational narcissists (grade 1 completions)
Aggressive narcissists (grade 2 completions)
Codependent or Inverted narcissists (grade 3 completions)
Collective narcissists (grade 4 completions)
Conversational narcissists (clear completions)
Corporate narcissists (and so on up the bridge)
Cross-cultural narcissists
Cultural narcissism
Destructive narcissists
Medical narcissists
Phallic narcissists
Sexual narcissists
Spiritual narcissists

They all form a collective tribal narrative known as scientology.

Virginia McClaughry
Guest

Which OT level is “phallic narcissists” on this scale? OT 8?

Gib
Guest

I’m not saying it’s a one = one scale or comparison, Virginia. I doubt mean Malignant narcissists =(arc sw scientologists) or the others listed.

I was just trying to expose the labels used in scientology.

Virginia McClaughry
Guest

Gib, if you’re looking for an example of that, this kind of psychiatric labeling is already built into scientology. The Tone Scale chart, remember that? Below “x” tone level is psychotic, above is neurotic. Then there’s the personality test, similiar idea. No shortage of biological psychiatry in scientology and dianetics, despite Hubbard’s protestations against it. Its actually built right into the core of dianetics itself – the engram.

https://mikemcclaughry.wordpress.com/the-reading-library/mind-control/the-covert-origins-of-dianetics-biological-psychiatry/

Gib
Guest

yes Virginia, I actually read that link you provided awhile ago. I’m not quite sure of your conspiracy theory, but I did confirm from a separate read of the Heinlein/Campbell letters of the changes in terms from impediment to norns to engrams.

Interesting reading Dr Winter book and his involvement from the very beginning of dianetics before it was released to the public. Dr Winter came to the same conclusion from personal auditing trained by Hubbard and Dr Winter’s own auditing of people, which is the stated case of Clear do not exist. Of course Hubbard then went full boar with OT, LOL

Virginia McClaughry
Guest

You say you are not sure, yet you decided anyway to label it conspiracy theory?

I can’t say that’s what I do when I’m not sure of something, so that’s a new one on me.

Virginia McClaughry
Guest

It sounds more that you have sources that you prefer the narrative on, or are simply more familiar with, and when I introduced sources that show that Hubbard was directly paralleling Siemen’s work, for example, it was something that was new to you and was not in alignment with your current views.

I certainly write about conspiracies, and I am step by step proving them or disproving them, one at a time, as I dig deeper into history and find things no one expected me to find or piece back together.

Some conspiracies, are now no longer “theories” in the sense of lacking proof.

The article you read, among other points, offered new evidence that regardless of previously existing narratives and personal recollections as to Hubbard’s choice of the term engram, there are factual direct comparisons between the two men’s work that any reader can see the similarity for themselves.

The article also covers the specific re-introduction of the term, and the particular Siemen take on it, just before Hubbard, by the Society of Biological Psychiatry.

Which came first, did Hubbard, by choosing Siemen’s term and incorporating a number of his working points into Dianetics, copy the Society of Biological Psychiatry? Or was it the other way around? I lean towards the former, myself.

Then there’s the question of WHY did Hubbard choose to closely parallel Siemen’s work in several key ways.

Any thoughts on that?

Virginia McClaughry
Guest

Correction – Siemen should be Semon.

Richard
Guest

“Your hatred is refreshing, Gib.” says Darth Vader from the dark side of The Force
(That was a joke, Gib)

Gib
Guest

I have no hatred, just exposing the long con.

Virginia McClaughry
Guest

I get that Gib.

Richard
Guest

I only got as far as Dianetic Clear or Conversational Narcissist. That must be why I pulled in this crazy blog. The Force works in mysterious ways.

That was my internet fix for the day. Off to work.

P.S. I just discovered a piece of hidden programming. “People higher on The Bridge than me have more altitude than me.” Thanks for pointing out that they are just bigger narcissists than me, Gib.

Gib
Guest

Richard,

I find your lack of internet search disturbing, speaking of Darth Vader, LOL

If you have only seen the dark side of the force as I have thru research and due diligence and experience?

Richard
Guest

🙂

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