Author: Hubbard, L. R.
Document date: 1964, 27 October
Document title: The Failed Case
Document type: lecture transcript
Event: Saint Hill Special Briefing Course
Location: East Grinstead, Sussex
Document ID: SHSBC-407
Description: While discussing aspects of auditing, Hubbard makes a remark about mea culpa, or the morals of the Catholic Church.
You’d have to prepcheck1 properly, you have to audit properly to get proper auditing results. And one of the things is, is when the pc hasn’t got any more answers and he really hasn’t got any more answers you don’t ask any more questions.
I mean, it sounds elementary. I know of no auditing situation where the pc who has been getting proper tone arm action2 – proper tone arm action in the session – who says, “I don’t have any further answers to it,” has ever had any further answers to it. I know of no such situation.
But occasionally you’ll get a pc who is getting wonderful tone arm action on something like O/W3, who runs into mea culpa. (Latin morals of the Catholic church: “I am ashamed” or “It’s my blame” or “It’s my fault” – mea culpa). I mean, that’s – they practically never got off mea culpa as a therapy. The Catholic church could be very pleased with this boy because he really now knows shame, blame and regret4
And he doesn’t bother to give you the withhold. He just simply says, “Well, I don’t have any more answers.”
Well, actually, if you – if you took a pair of magnifying glasses and looked across the table at your pc and cut the smog out of it and so forth, even in Los Angeles you could tell that this pc has not answered all of his answers. Because he’s sitting there – there’s various symptoms that you could notice, you know, like chewing his fingernails, looking cringing like this, you know; he’s backed up in his chair; he’s turned bright red; he’s sweating; the palms of his hands running rivers of moisture. I mean, there are some small indicators that says he’s simply hit something he don’t want to talk to you about no more, brother. He’s not going to say any more about it – hah – uh! Oh, no! Well, at this point, of course, in O/W, you press it home; but it’s only in O/W that you press it home.
If he says “I haven’t got any more present time problems5,” you say cheerily, cheerily, “Good.” He can withhold all the present time problems he wants, really, without getting him in – or anybody else into very serious trouble. He’ll only withhold them if they’ve got overts connected with them that he’s ashamed of and you’ll get that on the overt line, don’t you see?
Hubbard, L. R. (1964, 27 October). The Failed Case. Saint Hill Special Briefing Course, (SHSBC-407). Lecture conducted from East Grinstead, Sussex.
- Definition prepcheck ↩
- Definition: tone arm action ↩
- O/W: overt/withhold. Hubbard is referring here to an alternate repetitive O/W process using questions like:
1. “What did you do?
2. “What did you withold?” ↩
- On Hubbard’s tone scale, these are emotions below body Death. Shame is -0.2, Blame is -1.0 and Regret is -1.3. Ref. Tone scale. ↩
- Definition: present time problem ↩