Read the entries from "My Story from Within Scientology" atviewforum.php?f=3
A good summary is at Why do people believe in scientology? http://answers.yahoo.com/question/index ... 544AAu8foI
To get real-book footnotes about recruitment, you can read online for free:L. Ron Hubbard, Messiah or Madman http://www.xenu.net/archive/books/mom/M ... Madman.txtBare-Faced Messiah: The True Story of L. Ron Hubbard http://www.xenu.net/archive/books/bfm/bfmconte.htmA Piece of Blue Sky http://www.xenu.net/archive/books/apobs/order.htmThe Scandal of Scientology http://www.xenu.net/archive/books/tsos/sos.htmlMy Nine Lives in Scientology http://www.cs.cmu.edu/~dst/Library/Shelf/pignotti/The Total Freedom Trap http://www.xenu.net/archive/books/ttft/Road to Xenu http://www.cs.cmu.edu/~dst/Library/Shelf/xenu/
More recent books worth buying are:Inside Scientology
by Janet Reitman (attracting big media attention this summer) http://www.janetreitman.com/Blown for Good http://blownforgood.com/Counterfeit Dreams http://counterfeitdreams.com/My Billion Year Contract http://mybillionyearcontract.com/
- free stress test - to get you in the door
- appeal to idealism (fight psychiatrists),
- flattery (frequently saying your IQ test was high)
- greed (for vaguely promised supernormal abilities),
- fear (saying your personality test shows dangers).
- family ties (pressuring new recruits to bring in friends and families)
- love-bombing - being your new best friend, as long as you pay and obey
- cheap intro classes, like a communication course (which you could get, better, at an community college), that seem useful.
- celebrity name-dropping - my relative was sucked in, in the 1970's, because they dropped the name of Chick Corea and John Travolta.
- verbal (never written) promises that "Scientology can help you with that" (stopping smoking, improving family trouble, etc.) Of course it's YOUR fault later if you're still smoking or still have family trouble, because you have "overts" and misunderstood words" and a "third party" like your non-Scientologist relative who is secretly sabotaging you.
- your suggestibility after an auditing session, due to mild euphoria from the hypnotic aspects of auditing; so you literally led to a registrar to buy another course, before you regain your natural resistance to overpriced courses.
- the tax-deductibility of donations AND courses, pretending that means a seal of approval from the government
They use young, attractive recruiters that you never see again after you join. They falsely claim "scientifically proven" if you're not religious, and "spiritual tech" if you are. They hide the Xenu story and other mythology and their rapacious demands for courses costing tens of thousands of dollars, until you're in deep.
Wieber described the "fear" aspect of recruitment:
...Essentially the method of this is to get into communication with the mark, um I mean . . . The proper term for a person who is being approached is raw public or in the case of a field staff member, a selectee. One starts be getting into communication with the person. Then you get friendly with them and gain their confidence sufficiently so that when you invade their privacy they will answer.
What you are looking for is the thing that is ruining that person’s life. There may be nothing ruining that person’s life, but you will find something or create something that is.
You may finally ask, “What is ruining your life?” You do this in such a friendly concerned caring manner that the person tells you. Whatever this person says is ruining their life the next thing you say is, “Scientology can help you with that.”
Then with some hard sell applied to the person with the knowledge of what is ruining their life you can get them into the first stage of Scientology where the hypnotic trance can be induced and the person can be made very suggestible.
“Well, yes, $200 is a lot of money, but that is ruining your life isn’t it? You do want to get that handled, don’t you?” (Nod the head. Nod the head.) “We want you to get on course right away so you can start to handle that now. Why wait? Now is the time.”
Everything in Scientology is urgent and has to be done or handled NOW!!!!!
Right now, you may be thinking, ‘Those bastards!’ But here’s the thing. The people who are doing the disseminating, bringing people in, selling them things and getting their money are just as in the dark as to the mechanism of what they are doing as the people they are doing it to.
The home page of http://www.xenu.net
has several recruitment links:
Personality Test at http://www.xenu.net/archive/oca/
How to Believe in Scientology http://www.xenu.net/archive/personal_st ... donny.html