Reactive Mind

1. The part of a person’s mind that gets triggered by stimuli in the environment. There is always something irrational about the trigger and this part of the mind is not under the person’s own control. Even when they are aware of being triggered, they will not have a full understanding of why that is. (Scientology 0-8: The Book of Basics “Description of Scientology”)

For example, it’s rational to feel nauseated by the smell of rotting garbage. But let’s say you have someone who gets nauseated when they smell gardenias. Maybe they even experience some emotional response, like feeling sad. This person may or may not have some idea about what lies behind this. Perhaps they remember a funeral they went to that had gardenias, and so they resign themselves to always feeling sick to their stomach and sad whenever they encounter this flower. However, there will be more to it. With the help of an auditor, the person can discover all the underlying factors causing this trigger. In this example, it could be that something traumatic occurred at the funeral that they don’t recall. Or there could be some other related incident holding the trigger in place. By working together and using the proper techniques, the auditor and preclear can release this trigger and all the other triggers that make up this part of the mind.

To gain a full understanding of the Reactive Mind, you can read Dianetics: The Modern Science of Mental Health.

2. Can’t differentiate between importance or differences in things. Everything becomes equal to everything else. This comes about from engrams stored in the reactive mind.

Here’s an example of how this might work. Renee had an abusive husband, so she experienced many incidents containing pain and unconsciousness (engrams). Her husband drank beer, always wore Wrangler jeans, and had a Southern accent. She finally leaves him to start a new life. But because of how the mind stored all these traumatic times, Renee now has the idea that all men are bad, all beer is bad, all Wrangler products are bad, and anyone with a Southern accent is bad. Men = beer = Wrangler = Southern accent. (Lecture 17th American Advanced Clinical Course, “Parts of Man,” 5702C28)

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