Earlier Similar (Earlier-Similar)
1. Incidents that are similar in some way(s), but earlier in time.
When a preclear has an incident that’s bothering him and it isn’t clearing up while up during counseling, the auditor may ask the preclear for an incident that is earlier, and similar. This could be called an “earlier-similar incident”, or just an “earlier similar.”
Let’s look at some examples:
Quinn has a fear of driving. He’s talked to friends about a time he had a near miss with a semi truck, and says that’s why he’s scared to drive. If Quinn were to take this up with an auditor, they would go over the semi near miss. With prompting Quinn might recall some details he hadn’t thought of in years, like the semi driver wearing an Oakland A’s baseball cap. But if the auditor saw Quinn was still upset about the incident, he might ask Quinn to look back for an earlier time, similar to this “near miss.” Quinn recalls an earlier time when his dad was driving and they were nearly hit by a semi. You can see the similarities here include a semi, and being in a car.
But it doesn’t have to be a semi, or being in a car, that make this incident earlier similar. Instead, when the auditor asks for an earlier-similar incident, Quinn’s mind could offer up a time as a young child where Quinn remembers a man in an Oakland A’s baseball hat who ran over Quinn’s dog. Now we have the similarities of an Oakland A’s baseball cap and an unhappy incident with a car.
The mind forms all kinds of connections. One method of addressing trauma is helping a preclear find an earlier-similar incident to the one he’s upset about.« Back to Definitions