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Scientology Myths - what is fact? what is fiction?
chapter: Random Rumors

Blog Question*: Does Scientology teach lies as a method to control people?

Question from Scientology Myths Blog:

It seems that the Church of Scientology has a lot of control. Does this mean that it does a lot of lying? LRH’s Technique 88 states that the only way to control people is to lie to them.

Answer:

Funny one. No, Hubbard says that the lowest (i.e. worst) level of creativity is by lying. You will have to listen to the lecture in full (it’s only an hour long) to get the full concept of Technique 88. This is in a series called “Route to Infinity”. Scientology critics LOVE to throw around the incomplete quote because it sounds REALLY BAD. But here is the full story:

Hubbard said there, in this lecture, in 1952, that some people try to control others by lying, by making up threats or dangers, or by inventing startling stories. Or literally he says: “This individual is lying to you because he is trying to control you - because if they give you enough misinformation they will pull you down the tone scale so that they can control you.”

Pulling people “down the tone scale” (making them cry and so on) is suppressive behavior while all Scientology processes (like Technique 88) are done to get people UP the tone scale (making them more stable and happy). In case you don’t know, a “tone scale” is “a scale which shows the emotional tones of a person. These, ranged from the highest to the lowest, are, in part, serenity, enthusiasm (as we proceed downward), conservatism, boredom, antagonism, anger, covert hostility, fear, grief, apathy.” So it might be that someone is lying to you to get you introverted, frightened etc with the purpose to control you. Like those spreading lies about Scientology try to dupe the “Anonymous” crowd to do stupid or even illegal actions.

Hubbard says in the same chapter: “Lie, lie, lie, and it gets worse and worse, and all of a sudden the thing blows up.” Sounds familiar?

Lying is also unethical by Scientology standards and a violation against the moral codes in “The Way to Happiness”(2). That does not mean all Scientologists everywhere and every second of the day are telling the truth and nothing but the truth. But it does mean that lying is not recommended or taught. “Technique 88 is process of locating the thetan, the ‘I’ of the individual, and the auditing of the thetan” (Hubbard, page 1 of the book “History of Man”, which going along with the lecture).