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Yawning and Study Technology
Reading the Dianetic and Scientology materials is more than just confusion. Every book published has within the first pages an instruction by L Ron Hubbard, (usually following the copyright page): The only reason a person gives up a study or becomes confused or unable to learn is because he or she has gone past a word that was not understood. In fact, Scientology has a special dictionary of redefined words, and in all of Hubbard's books, tapes and lectures, uses entire subjects that intentionally limit a person's comprehension of words, especially the broader meanings used in language we communicate with each day. Learning these texts gradually reduces the persons ability to truly communicate with others, leaving only other Scientologists to undertand. Being understood by other Scientologists lessens the discomfort of becoming misunderstood by family and the outside world.
Hubbard tells readers that if they go past a word they do not understand they will become confused and not learn. In reality, this is exactly what is going to happen as they read the text - become confused. This chore insures that people will learn the meaning of Hubbard's organizations words and orders. Aside from the confusion that readers experience, the staff have been trained to insure that beginners follow Hubbard's orders on 'misunderstood words.' Here is an excellent essay that explains how others learn and are taught to teach others, via the Scientology 'Study Technology.' Below the essay are facts which explain in different terms, the process of coercive persuasion and conversion as the reason that Scientology claims Dianetics, Scientology and the 'Study Technology' works.
From the website of Professor David Touretzky:
"Scientology's Fraudulent Study Technology"
The Hidden Message in L. Ron Hubbard's "Study Tech"
Another strange Scientology practice associated with "misunderstoods" is the treatment of yawning. Since misunderstoods are supposed to make one feel tired, anyone caught yawning in a Scientology courseroom is thought to have overlooked a misundersood word and thus be in dire danger of failing in their studies. They are ordered to go back over what they were reading until they find the misunderstood word and review its definition in the dictionary (Wakefield, 1991, ch. 4). This treatment for yawning is also mentioned in the Basic Study Manual (p. 154) and Learning How to Learn (p. 136), both of which include pictures of a yawning boy. Beverly Rice, who once taught at a school run by Applied Scholastics, reported that her students learned to "... NEVER yawn if you were tired. A yawn would bring the supervisor running and meant having to go backwards on your course in the great MU hunt" (message posted to the alt.religion.scientology newgroup on August 17, 1997.)
Yawning may simply mean that a student needs to take a break. And there are many other factors besides misunderstood words that can cause lack of comprehension. The material itself could have problems. Bad grammar, faulty logic, disorganized exposition, and obviously false factual statements are examples. Why place all the emphasis on just one possible source of confusion?
We urge you to read the entirety of the above-web page. As you will notice, the above excerpts explain a number of references to insure that a beginner 'does not yawn.' Unbeknowingst to beginners and members, this procedure not only serves as a form of coercive persuasion for someone in a rational state of mind, but after the confusion is induced, it can be considered that a conversion has taken place. A persons thinking has been altered or disassociated, through hypnosis into a hypnoidal state. Yawning is a voluntary action indicating a person is tired from confusing words, which prepares a person for sleep. By not yawning, sleep is prevented and confusion ensues. This is the definition of a 'borderland' where a person enters a 'hypnoidal state.' This is where the conversion process begins. For further explanation, we quote passages from a book written by Boris Sidis in 1909.
From the book, An Experimental Study of Sleep, author Boris Sidis, (1909):
'I pointed out in my "Psychology of Suggestion" that the following conditions are requisite to bring about those peculiar subconscious or subwaking states which form the soil favorable for the growth and development of implanted suggestions.
Conditions of Normal Suggestibility Abnormal Suggestibility (1)
1) Fixation of attention
2) Distraction of attention
4) Limitation of voluntary movements
5) Limitation of consciousness
7) Immediate execution of the suggestion
The hypnoidal state is the bridge that connects the waking state not only with hypnosis, but also with sleep. To enter sleep or hypnosis one has to pass through the intermediate state, the hypnoidal state.
We may also add that this holds true not only in the case of passing into any of the hypnotic or sleep-states, but also in the case of passing out of them. A close observation of cases will show that in awakening from hypnosis, as well as from sleep, there is present a short period occupied by a peculiar condition of consciousness, a condition which is no other than the hypnoidal state. It is such states between sleeping and waking, whether on the way to or from sleep, that may be designated as subwaking, and are akin to hypnoidal states. (2)
My point therefore was to induce sleep and its allied states, subwaking and hypnoidal, keeping as closely as possible to the conditions of normal and abnormal suggestibility.
Now I found in my experiments on the induction of the intermediary hypnoidal states in man that the conditions of monotony, limitation of the voluntary movements, limitation of the field of consciousness were of the utmost consequence. (3)
In children and especially in infants voluntary activity and the field of consciousness are undeveloped and limited, we should expect that the child would form a far better soil than the adult for the induction of the intermediary sub-waking states and sleep. This is precisely what we find to be the case. (4)
The child in short, has no inner wealth of mental life to fall upon; it has little, if any inner resources; that is why it falls an easy prey to sleep and hypnosis, when the external resources lose their variability, become uniform and monotonous. (5)
We may now give a rapid review of experiments carried out on older children ranging from the age of four to the age of fourteen. The hypnoidal states become more marked, the hypnotic and even somnambulistic states come to the foreground, and we find that when sleep is induced we often get mixed manifestations of a subconscious order. Mixed, however, and still ill-defined as they are, when compared with the adult states, both the subconscious and sleep states are induced under similar conditions of monotony and limitation of voluntary movements. In trying to induce sleep we may get a subconscious hypnotic state and on the other hand in making an attempt to bring about a hypnotic state, we may get a state of sleep. A good deal depends on the fact whether or not we have eliminated the other conditions requisite for hypnosis, but not for sleep. The indispensable conditions, however, both for hypnosis and sleep are monotony and limitation of voluntary activity. These conditions are all the more indispensable as we have demonstrated from our experiments that in order to reach either hypnosis or sleep the intermediary, subwaking, hypnoidal state must first be passed through. This intermediary state between waking on the one hand and sleep and hypnosis on the other, can only be induced under the conditions of monotony and limitation of voluntary activity.
Boy of seven. I put him in a darkened room. My electric battery was set going. I told him to keep quiet and shut his eyes. After a few minutes he began to yawn, I told him to stop... This transition from hypnosis into sleep was effected through the intermediacy of the hypnoidal state which forms the borderland of the waking and sleeping states. The general conditions of monotony and limitation of voluntary activity that favor hypnosis also favor sleep.(6)
Sleep is not so much due to merely cutting off sensory impressions, be they intense or faint, as to the monotony of sensory impressions which in fact may even be intense and numerous. It is the invariability of sensory impressions that reduces the organism to the passive state which we experience as sleep. (7)'
An Experimental Study of Sleep
1. ibid, p 9;
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----CS Lewis, Letter 14 from the Screwtape Letters
The Law of Mass versus Individuality falls in line with my work on the subconscious and its conditions of disassociation: Limitation of Voluntary Activity, Monotony...With the increase in mass of the human aggregate the mob energy grows like the momentum of an avalanche in its downward course.
Author: Maureen Drueck