Blog: Emotions II: Play Acting Scientologists - 2013-08-05
Scientology culture is recognizable by its collective, synthetic 'cheerful' or 'enthusiastic' emotional tone. Scientologists learn to put on a happy face. If they are seen without one, a fellow Scientologist considers it his duty to 'handle' it. And that primarily means making the person mentally deal with the life situation causing the lower emotion so that he can easily mentally cope with putting on a happy face in spite of it. In a Scientology group one is expected to act happy. To display any emotion less than that results in Scientologists almost instinctively interceding with a person's psyche to remedy the perceived problem. A Scientologist learns eventually to convincingly act happy all the time, even when he or she is feeling deep sorrow, a sense of devastating loss, or is suffering pangs of conscience.
Scientologists will bridle at the notion they are taught to play act through life. But, the technology they are applying day in and day out is plain:
'Force yourself to smile and you'll soon stop frowning. Force yourself to laugh and you'll soon find something to laugh about. Wax enthusiastic and you'll very soon feel so. A being causes his own feelings.' - L. Ron Hubbard 25 August 1982