Psychology terminology
Terminology  Psychology

[Scientology definitions also used by Freezone and  TIR (avoid Scientology).]


Potential Trouble Sources (PTSs). "This is what we call a person who is connected to a suppressive person......It is well to know that the person who is noisily giving you trouble may not be the SP; he’s more likely a PTS. The suppressive will be in the background, quietly smiling and looking quite normal. Actually the SP is insane, but the symptoms are so subtle that it is often someone strongly under his influence who is judged insane." ----Miracles for Breakfast by Ruth Minshull

Restim': A restimulation of a past event.  Eg. You were frightened by a bird when a small child, and that created an imprint/fear.  Whenever you get too close a a bird after that event it may 'restim' that earlier imprint, causing an over reaction.  When ever you over react to a situation it may be a restim.

Suppressive person

Spiritual Psychology

Out Exchange

Randomity: ‘plus randomity” meant there was more going on than you could tolerate or handle. “Minus randomity” was a condition where there was too little going on to keep your interest. “Optimum randomity” is just enough activity to keep life enjoyable.

Surfac Simile


"The SP will advocate destructive actions, more punishment, war, tougher prisons, etc. The people around the SP will be disturbed unhappy and frequently ill. The SP cannot be spotted by social position or IQ. He may occupy a prominent or a low position. He may be brilliant, average or stupid. By whatever covert or overt method, the Sly attempts to make nothing of us. He may subtly belittle our accomplishments; he may make fun of us in jest; he may tell us of someone who failed at something we are trying to do." ----Miracles for Breakfast by Ruth Minshull

ABERRATION: Any departure from rationality. (SCIENTOLOGY: A New Slant on Life by L. Ron Hubbard )

ACKNOWLEDGMENT: A communication which tells another person that his action has been recognized as being complete. Example: “Thank you.”

ANALYTICAL MIND: That part of a person’s thinking machinery and memories over which he has relatively full control. ( The Creation of Headman Ability, by L. Ron Hubbard)

AUDITING: The application of Scientology processes and procedures to someone by a trained auditor. The exact definition of auditing is: The action of asking a preclear a question (which he can understand and answer), getting an answer to that question and acknowledging him for that answer. (Scientology Abridged Dictionary)

AUDITING COMM CYCLE: The cycle of communication used in auditing.

AUDITING SESSION: A precise period of time during which an auditor audits a preclear.

AUDITOR: A listener or one who listens carefully to what people have to say. An auditor is a person trained and qualified in applying Scientology processes to others for their betterment.

AWARENESS: That which a person is conscious of; ability to recognize conditions of life.

BANK: The reactive mind.

BANKY: Acting in a reactive manner.

BLOND: To get rid of something in the reactive mind.

BUTTON: Items, words, phrases, subjects or areas that are easily restimulateable in an individual by the words or actions of other people, and which cause him discomfort, embarrassment or upset, or make him laugh uncontrollably.

CLEAR: A person who has completed Grade VII by erasing his whole bank. He no longer has a reactive mind or time track, and he is again wholly himself and can follow his own basic purposes.

(This is a much higher state of beingness than has ever before been imagined by Man.)

COMM: An abbreviation for the word “communication.”

COMM CYCLE: A communication cycle. The action of asking a question, getting an answer to that question, and acknowledging that answer.

CYCLES OF ACTION: In Scientology, a cycle of action means from the beginning to the conclusion of an intended action.

DIANETICS: A science of mental health.

DOINGNESS: One’s ability to execute an action.

DOWN SCALE: Low on the Emotional Tone Scale.

EMOTIONAL TONE SCALE: A Scale measuring Sanity and relating the various factors of behavior, emotion, and thought, to levels on the scale. (The Creation of Herman Ability, by L. Ron Hubbard)

ENGRAM: A mental image picture of an experience containing pain, unconsciousness, and a real or fancied threat to survival; it is a recording in the reactive mind of something which actually happened to an individual in the past and which contained pain and unconsciousness, both of which are recorded in the mental image picture called an engram. (Scientology Abridged Dictionary )

ETHICS: The Scientology Ethics Department is the one which handlers any person whose behavior or condition inhibits his progress (or the progress of others) in auditing, training, or administration.

GENERALITY: A general or non-specific statement which is applicable to all and used in Scientology to mean a statement made in an effort either to hide cause or to overwhelm another person with the all-inclusive, e.g. “Everybody thinks....”

HIGH-TONED: A person is high-toned if his emotional attitude is above 2.0 on the Tone Scale.

INVALIDATE: To weaken, criticize, or make wrong.

LOW TONED: A person’s attitude or actions are at 2.0 or below on the Emotional Tone Scale.

MIND: A control system between the thetan and the physical universe. The mind is not the brain.

MINUS RANDOMITY: Anything which has too little motion in it for a person’s tolerance.

MOTIVATOR: A motivator is an overt act done to a person. It tends to balance up an overt act he has committed. It is more than just an undesirable experience. He will handle some situations to resolve them. However, he needs the motivator to balance up overts, so he will only complain about it and do nothing to correct it.

OPTIMUM RANDOMITY: From the viewpoint of the individual, something which has in it the right amount of motion or unexpectedness for his tolerance.

OVERT ACT: A harmful action against another.

OVERT-MOTIVATOR SEQUENCE: The sequence wherein someone who has committed an overt has to claim the existence of motivators. The motivators are then liable to be used to justify committing further overt acts.

O/Ws: Overts and withholds.

PC: A preclear.

PLUS RANDOMITY: From the viewpoint of the individual, something which has in it too much motion or unexpectedness for his tolerance.

POTENTIAL TROUBLE SOURCE ( PTS ): Any person who, while active in Scientology or a preclear remains connected to a suppressive person or group.

(A person or pre-clear roller-coasters, i. e. gets better, then worse, only when he is connected to a suppressive person or group, and he must, in order to make his gains from Scientology permanent, either handle the source of suppression or disconnect from it. )

PRECLEAR: This term covers anyone who is not a clear; however, it is principally used to describe a person who, through Scientology processing, is finding out more about himself and life.

PROCESS: A set of questions asked by an auditor to help a person find out things about himself or life

PROCESSING: That action or actions, governed by the technical disciplines and codes of Scientology of administering a process to a preclear in order to release or free him.

PSYCHO-SOMATIC: Physical pain or discomfort which stems from the reactive mind.

PTS: Potential Trouble Source.

Q&A: To fail to complete a cycle of action.

RANDOMITY: The ratio of unpredicted motion to predicted motion.

REACTIVE: Irrational, reacting instead of acting; thinkingness or behavior dictated by the reactive mind rather than the individual’s own present-time determinism.

REACTIVE MIND: That portion of a person’s mind which is not under his volitional command or recall, and which exerts the power of command over his thinking and actions. (Creation of Human Ability, by L. Ron Hubbard)

RESPONSIBILITY: The concept of being able to care for, to reach or to be; the ability and willingness to be cause. To accept responsibility for something is to accept that one operated as cause in the matter.  It should be clearly distinguished from such lower level considerations as blame or praise which include the further evaluation of the goodness or badness of the thing caused. (Scientology Abridged Dictionary)

RESTIMULATE: To activate something in the reactive mind.

RESTIMULATOR: Anything in the individual’s surroundings which is sufficiently similar to something in his reactive mind that it causes part of his reactive mind to become restimulated.

ROLLER-COASTER: To get better and then worse.

SAINT HILL MANOR: The location of the Hubbard College of Scientology in East Grinstead, Sussex, England.

SP: A suppressive person.

SUPPRESSIVE PERSON: One who purposely upsets others around him to keep them down. The SP is dedicated to destruction of others because he feels that everyone threatens him. Therefore, he is afraid of anyone getting better.

THETAN: The being himself, not his mind or body. Soul. Spirit.

TONE SCALE: See Emotional Tone Scale.

TR’s: Training drills on Scientology Courses which train students to communicate and audit.

WITHHOLD: Something that is kept secret. It is the withhold of an overt act which causes someone to pull in a motivator.