So, it is important to explain how these changes take place. This is part of my responsibility toscientologists, ex-scientologists and the rest of the world to try to explain from my experiencehow it happens. I hope it helps.
“How did you fall for that crap?” is one of many similar questions I am asked when I talk aboutmy experience. Many people assume that only stupid people would become involved. Yet in myexperience, many very smart and capable people have become dedicated scientologists. It's acomplicated thing to try to understand. I think that many of the mechanisms that capture andhold people in Scientology operate not on intelligence, but rather on emotion and responses thatdon't depend on intelligence. There is also the aspect that my friend Arnaldo Lerma points out,that intelligent people are more vulnerable to the hypnotic aspect of Scientology BECAUSE theycan control their mind better.Without adequate education about Scientology, even intelligent people are vulnerable toScientology's tactics.Information that would counter Hubbard's hyped image and Scientology's representations was a bit hard to come by. One of the evil things scientologists do based on Scientology's doctrines isto steal critical books about Hubbard and Scientology from the local libraries. In San Franciscoin 1975, I couldn't find a single one in the massive downtown public library. Only later did Ilearn that making critical information unavailable is standard procedure for Scientology. That actalso makes it fraud.I was in my early 20's living in San Francisco when I got into Scientology. I was looking for something to orient my life. I was vulnerable to those who represented themselves as wise,knowledgeable, capable. I had not been educated on con men or how scams are run on theunsuspecting. I hadn't read anything about Scientology, didn't know anyone in it. I didn't realizethat people who dress nicely and speak well can also take advantage.
Introduction to Scientology
“The first contact I had with Scientology was in October 1975. I think it is important tounderstand how these introductions occur and how they are deliberately structured to break downa person's defenses that would otherwise warn them away.The introduction is almost always based on the “dissemination drill” or “dissem drill.” Hubbardwrote it to teach scientologists to use a structured process for breaking down a persons “salesresistance” to the offer of Scientology and create in the person a desire to participate.That sounds like manipulation and it is. But underlying that is the reasoning as to why it isacceptable to manipulate a person and break down their resistance to Scientology. It is becauseHubbard said scientologists are better than you.