Scientology technology includes the factual explanation of departures, sudden and relatively unexplained, from jobs, families, locations and areas. These departures are called blow-offs.
This is one of the things man thought he knew all about and therefore never bothered to investigate. Yet this amongst all other things gave him the most trouble. Man had it all explained to his own satisfaction and yet his explanation did not cut down the amount of trouble which came from the feeling of “having to leave.”
For instance, man has been frantic about the high divorce rate, about the high job turnover in plants, about labor unrest and many other items, all stemming from the same source-sudden departures or gradual departures.
We have the view of a person who has a good job, who probably won’t get a better one, suddenly deciding to leave and going. We have the view of a wife with a perfectly good husband and family leaving it all. We see a husband with a pretty and attractive wife breaking up the affinity and departing.
Man explained this to himself by saying that things were done to him which he would not tolerate and therefore he had to leave. But if this were the explanation, all man would have to do would be to make working conditions, marital relationships, jobs, training programs and so on all very excellent and the problem would be solved. But on the contrary, a close examination of working conditions and marital relationships demonstrates that improvement of conditions often worsens the amount of blow-off. Probably the finest working conditions in the world were achieved by Mr. Hershey of chocolate bar fame for his plant workers. Yet they revolted and even shot at him. This in its turn led to an industrial philosophy that “the worse workers were treated, the more willing they were to stay,” which in itself is as untrue as “the better they are treated, the faster they blow off.”
One can treat people so well that they grow ashamed of themselves, knowing they don’t deserve it, that a blow-off is precipitated. And, certainly, one can treat people so badly that they have no choice but to leave. But these are extreme conditions and in between these we have the majority of departures: The wife is doing her best to make a marriage and the husband wanders off on the trail of a promiscuous woman. The manager is trying to keep things going and the worker leaves. These, the unexplained, disrupt organizations and lives and it’s time we understood them.
People leave because of their own overts and withholds. That is the factual fact and the hard-bound rule. A man with a clean heart can’t be hurt. The man or woman who must, must, must become a victim and depart is departing because of his or her own overts and withholds. It doesn’t matter whether the person is departing from a town or a job. The cause is the same.
Almost anyone, no matter his position and no matter what is wrong can remedy a situation if he or she really wants to. When the person no longer wants to remedy it, his own overt acts and withholds against the others involved in the situation have lowered his own ability to be responsible for it. Therefore, departure is the only apparent answer. To justify the departure, the person blowing off dreams up things done to him, in an effort to minimize the overt by degrading those it was done to. The mechanics involved are quite simple.
It is an irresponsibility on our part, now that we know this full mechanism, to permit this much irresponsibility. When a person threatens to leave a town, position, job or training program, the only kind thing to do is to get off that person’s overt acts and withholds. To do less sends the person off with the feeling of being degraded and having been harmed.
It is amazing what trivial overts will cause a person to blow. One time a staff member was caught just before he blew and the original overt act against the organization was traced down to his failure to defend the organization when a criminal was speaking viciously about it. This failure to defend accumulated to itself more and more overts and withholds, such as failing to relay messages, failure to complete an assignment, until it finally utterly degraded the person into stealing something of no value. This theft caused the person to believe he
had better leave.
It is a rather noble commentary on man that when a person finds himself, as he believes, incapable of restraining himself from injuring a benefactor, he will defend the benefactor by leaving. This is the real source of the blow-off. If we were to better a person’s working conditions in this light, we would see that we have simply magnified his overt acts and made it a certain fact that he would leave. If we punish, we can bring the value of the benefactor down a bit and thus lessen the value of the overt. But improvement and punishment are neither one answers. The answer lies in Scientology and using Scientology procedures to move the person up to a high enough responsibility to take a job or a position and carry it out without all this weird hocus-pocus of “I’ve got to say you are doing things to me so I can leave and protect you from all the bad things I am doing to you.” That’s the way it is and it doesn’t make sense not to do something about it now that we know.
Uneasy lies the head that has a bad conscience. Clean it up and you have a better person.
When a person accumulates enough overts and withholds against another or an area, in this case in a marriage. . .
. . . he will become critical and begin to find fault with that person or area. . .
. . .which to him justifies a departure, a blow-off. People leave because of their own overts and withholds.
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