a careless or uncontrolled way of behaving, without thinking or caring about what one is doing.


give (someone) an acknowledgment. See also acknowledgment.


something said or done to inform another that his statement or action has been noted, understood and received.


love, liking or any other emotional attitude; the degree of liking. The basic definition of affinity is the consideration of distance, whether good or bad.


a process which can be done to alleviate a present time discomfort and help a person recover more rapidly from an accident, illness or upset.


someone who is trained and qualified to apply Scientology processing to individuals for their benefit. The term comes from the Latin audire, “to listen.” See also processing in this glossary.


to scold someone vigorously or lengthily.

boards, go by the:

to be lost, neglected, destroyed or forgotten. The term boards in nautical language refers to the side of a ship. Anything that goes (or is thrown) over the side is lost.


an act of breaking or violating a law, agreement or code of conduct.


someone viewed as strong, tough or the like.


an interchange of ideas across space between two individuals.

communication lag:

the length of time intervening between the asking of a question and the reply to that specific question by the person asked.

communication line:

the route along which a communication travels from one person to another.


lack of harmony or agreement.


an urge to survive along a certain course; an urge toward existence in an area of life. There are eight dynamics: first, self; second, sex and the family unit; third, groups; fourth, Mankind; fifth, life forms; sixth, physical universe; seventh, spirits; and eighth, Supreme Being.


the act or process of setting somebody free or of freeing somebody from restrictions.


a group of irregular patterns made by blots of ink on paper. Inkblot tests are used in psychological personality testing by having the subject describe what each of the inkblots suggest or resemble and then analyzing the answers as a supposed guide to his personality.


a strong beam of wood or metal at the center of the bottom of a ship or boat.


small hard balls, usually of glass, used in children’s games. Used humorously in reference to its figurative meaning of common sense or sanity, as in the phrase to lose one’s marbles, which means to go insane.


a mistaken, wrong or incorrect selecting. Mis- means mistaken, wrong, incorrect; thus mis-selection means an instance of selecting (choosing of one person or thing in preference to another), that is mistaken, based on an incorrect understanding or perception.

overt act:

a harmful act or a transgression against the moral code of a group. An overt act is not just injuring someone or something, it is an act of omission or commission which does the least good for the least number of people or areas of life, or the most harm to the greatest number of people or areas of life.


the state or condition of being equal, or on a level with as in amount, status or character.


cause to endure or continue.


1. a conclusion, decision or resolution about something. 2. make something happen or bring something into being by making a postulate about it.

present time:

the time which is now and which becomes the past almost as rapidly as it is observed. It is a term loosely applied to the environment existing in now.


a special form of personal counseling, unique in Scientology, which helps an individual look at his own existence and improves his ability to confront what he is and where he is. Processing is a precise, thoroughly codified activity with exact procedures.


the reasoning or principle that underlies or explains a particular course of action, or a statement setting out these reasons or principles.

rocks, on the:

in great difficulties and likely to fail. This term originates from the nautical sense: a vessel that is on the rocks will quickly go to pieces unless floated or pulled off them.


noisy quarrels, disputes or disturbances.


Scientology is a practical religion dealing with the study of knowledge, which through application of its technology can bring about desirable changes in the conditions of life. It was developed over a third of a century by L. Ron Hubbard. The term Scientology is taken from the Latin word scio (knowing, in the fullest meaning of the word) and the Greek word logos (study of). Scientology is further defined as the study and handling of the spirit in relationship to itself, universes and other life.


something that sequentially follows another thing or a conclusion that logically follows something already stated or mentioned. From Latin sequitur, it follows.

square blocks:

a reference to the cubes (square blocks) used in psychological tests in which a person does certain requested actions with the blocks (usually colored) to supposedly test his mental state.


of or having to do with sticky plaster, adhesive material for covering a slight wound, usually a thin cloth gummed on one side. Used figuratively.


the right to vote, especially in a political election.


the methods of application of an art or science as opposed to mere knowledge of the science or art itself. In Scientology, the term technology refers to the methods of application of Scientology principles to improve the functions of the mind and rehabilitate the potentials of the spirit, developed by L. Ron Hubbard.

Third Party:

one who by false reports creates trouble between two people, a person and a group, or a group and another group.


acts which violate laws or moral codes.


emotional stress or disturbance.

up and marry:

to marry someone without warning. Up in the phrase, up and marry means to carry out abruptly and surprisingly.


an unspoken, unannounced transgression against a moral code by which a person is bound; an overt act that a person committed that he or she is not talking about. Any withhold comes after an overt act.