By Dexter Gelfand
(Latest revision, December 2015, to correct typos found)

In psychology, there is the term, “defense mechanism”:
“Any of various usually unconscious mental processes, including denial, projection, rationalization, and repression, that protect the ego from shame, anxiety, conflict, loss of self-esteem, or other unacceptable feelings or thoughts.”
In Scientology terms, “service facsimile”:
“ ‘Service’ because they serve him. ‘Facsimiles’ because they are in mental image picture form. They explain his disabilities as well. The facsimile part is actually a self-installed disability that ‘explains’ how he is not responsible for not being able to cope. So he is not wrong for not coping. Part of the ‘package’ is to be right by making wrong.”

Doubtless this mental mechanism has been recognized in many other terms as well through the ages, perhaps most simply as “stubborn attitudes”, which is as good a way of saying it as any, in terms of being the most universally recognizable attribute of this type of frequently repeated automatic responding to various things a person encounters.
It can be frustrating and exhausting to encounter these “stubborn attitudes” in other people, in which case it is so much more obvious how illogical, and how mentally confining these are for a being. What we have great difficulty realizing is how heavily stocked most, if not all of us are with these mentally and spiritually crippling mechanisms.
Scientology, psychology, and I’m sure, other therapeutic methodologies have developed means intended to cure or resolve these. The basic technique is to prod the person to recognize, and consciously and rationally examine and re-evaluate the particular attitude.
From the vantage point of having trained in the Scientology approach and in further developments as well as years of practical experience in addressing and processing these, I’ve learned, discovered, and realized a few things that opened the door to a much greater level of understanding, and thereby, substantially improved means of detecting and deconstructing one’s Stubbornly Held Protective Attitudes (SHPA’s).

When to address SHPA’s:
In Scientology, these are addressed once the client, through a standard and uniform series of steps, “arrives at the level” for addressing their “service facsimiles”, at which point they undergo a procedure termed “listing and nulling”, in which they are asked to give all the answers they have to one of the formularized standard questions asking for these, and through that procedure, those answers are then narrowed down to one single answer, at which point the client’s “item” is then processed by the standard Scientology “service facsimile handling” process, or technique.
While this approach is not without some success, perhaps its most basic flaw can be understood by relating it to the most important processing guideline:
The client is best served by addressing what is manifesting for them in the moment, right now, as their “spiritual compass” is presenting it to be addressed.
While anything discovered through a processing technique can be a fascinating discovery, and provide a pinch of momentary euphoria in being processed,
That material that is immediately relevant, that the client is experiencing and expressing HERE AND NOW is the material that, when successfully addressed and resolved, will have THE MOST BENEFICIAL LIFE IMPACT- and that is what processing sessions are (or certainly should be) all about. The client’s stubbornly held crippling attitudes emerge naturally, in response to the things they most need and want to resolve, and so you are best served by “striking while the iron is hot”- and if you ask any of my clients about it, the processing of those stubbornly held crippling attitudes in this way has always turned out to be a very “hot” process.
Scientology actually does recognize this concept, or at least, it did in earlier times, as “paralleling the mind”, but then, in my view, that principle was largely washed away in the formulating of a “standardly sequenced “bridge”, or set of “levels” of processes which is uniformly set for every individual. One’s stubbornly held protective attitudes, or “service facsimiles”, are going to manifest frequently, but they’re not going to be addressed until they “have arrived at grade four”, which supposedly culminates with the processing of the person’s “core service facsimile”, at which point it is believed that one is now free of such mechanisms- which simply doesn’t happen; in my practice, these mechanisms routinely reveal themselves, including in those clients who have experienced Scientology’s “grade four”, and beyond.
Understanding the specific composition, function and mechanics of a Stubbornly Held Protective Attitude (“SHPA”)
First, there is the most visible, surface characteristic that identifies this attitude:
It imposes an energy that deflects, and closes the door on connecting with and permeating something. It is a resistance to something, expressed essentially as:
“I want no part of that”
Think of it as the sound of a heavy metal door closing; a formidable resistance, a firm, resolute “I won’t go there.”
It’s a knee-jerk response, and it is not too hard to tell that in this moment, the being is not really present; they are substituting a rigid attitude in place of their presence.
Just behind this thought-energy shield that is being presented lies a state of anxiety and/or confusion, so intense at times that it is palpable. They can’t “go there”; they don’t dare, because something about that subject is related to something in that person’s mind that for them is dangerous and overwhelming.
In fact, the very energy that powers the resistance in that Stubbornly Held Protective Attitude is the energy of some dangerous and overwhelming experience(s) involving that subject which is now being resisted through that attitude. The recognition of this being the very substance of that attitude is a very important breakthrough, which opens up new possibilities in thoroughly and effectively deconstructing the particularly daunting spiritual architecture of the Stubbornly Held Protective Attitude (SHPA).
As explained earlier, “The basic technique is to invite the person to recognize, and consciously and rationally examine and re-evaluate the particular attitude”. By asking questions that bring this about, for example, “How does (the particular articulated attitude) help you to avoid what you don’t want to have?”, bits and pieces of the energy holding that wall of resistance in place bleed out as expressions of the “charge” of the underlying prior overwhelming experience(s), which then allows the auditor/counselor to shift gears to parallel the client’s mind and directly address and process the energies of that experience. The apparent “solid wall” is successfully being dis-integrated.
Scientology’s original, “standard” methodology for addressing “service facsimiles” doesn’t address this actual composition.                 Processing the attitude while failing to recognize, address and resolve the underlying material of the attitude can expose the being to the full force of the underlying experiences, rendering them more unstable than when they had their “shield” in place, and also thereby can result in their simply adopting another, likely similarly articulated attitude in its place to fend off what they can’t experience without the appropriate processing.
And beyond even that, there is the more basic level to all such negatively “charged” spiritual architectures, which is:

All negatively charged material is manifested as a form of opposition to a being’s natural, drive in the direction of a positive aspiration. The “negative charge” derives all of its energy from that of the underlying positive aspiration. (You could consider this “positive charge”, “spiritual energy”, “theta”, “life energy”, etc). All negatively charged spiritual constructs are in fact composed of the energy of one’s positive drive, turned back against itself, and thus converted to the negative.

And therefore, the deconstructing and full processing of any such Stubbornly Held Protective Attitude (“SHPA”) must involve the complete processing of the underlying negatively charged material, and then, the positive processing, i.e., rehabilitation of the foundation of one’s positive aspiration. In fact, all negative gain processing cycles should be completed with that positive step.
All of these factors are built into the SHPA processing technique I’ve developed and make use of very frequently in ongoing processing. I’m happy to share it with others.

Love, Dex

1. Get the the client’s wording of their protective attitude, as a phrase to be used in the processing questions of this technique.

There are different ways that this can come about, including:
(A) The client presents the phrase in session, as a response to something that this “protective” attitude deflects, in which case you have the phrase to run;
(B) You observe the client manifesting SHPA behaviors, such as giving responses that are avoidances of what the process calls for, or manifesting case material that seemed to have been resolved with earlier processing (SHPA’s will recreate/hold in place case phenomena despite processing of the phenomena), in which case you can ask a question such as the one I use:
“Is there an idea, thought or attitude you have that holds (appropriate wording of the case material that you’ve been helping the client to try to address) in place, or prevents it from being let go of?”
Get the phrase that resonates best with the client as describing this attitude that he or she is chronically manifesting, and use that phrase in the questions and commands of this procedure.

(2) The essence of any attitude is the particular emotional energy that acts to drive it, and so identifying, and thus processing the particular emotion in play is essential. Open that up with:

“What is the emotion that drives the attitude of (the protective attitude phrase)?”

Throughout this procedure, let the client give all the answers that come to mind as each question is asked. The intended result of each step is for the client to come to realize that the Stubbornly Held Protective Attitude really doesn’t accomplish what the questions ask about, accompanied with a feeling of relief and/or happiness. As necessary, repeat, in sequence, the series of questions of each step until this is accomplished. On any step, it is possible that the client has no material with which to answer, so at the beginning, you make it clear that:

“If nothing comes to mind, don’t add more force to this material by trying to find something to answer with. Sometimes you may not happen to have anything there to come up, and that’s perfectly OK”,
and you always accept when nothing comes up for the client, and simply continue with the next question.

3. (NOTE- This is the core processing step!)

a. “What is (the protective attitude, as phrased) intended to protect you from?”

b. “From where and when could you use (the protective attitude, as phrased) to protect you from (answer to 5a)?”

c. “What have the consequences been of using (the protective attitude, as phrased) to protect you from (answer to 5a)?” Ask for and get all consequences.

d. “How does using (the protective attitude as phrased) to protect you from (answer to 5a) seem to you now?”

E. “Has (the protective attitude, as phrased) been used to protect you from anything else?”

(Run steps 3b,c,d on any answers given, recheck and run on all answers to 3E)

4. Ask: “Is there a condition for which (the protective attitude, as phrased) has been your response?”

Get the condition articulated, and run it with PrPr6 OFD (Power Process 6 Open Flow Dichotomy).

IMPORTANT NOTE! This underlying condition is what drives the Stubbornly Held Protective Attitude, and the client quite often manifests and expresses this condition at any point before Step 6. It will be something emotionally painful, heavily unpleasant, protested and resisted, and it should be processed whenever it emerges.
ALSO: It may actually be based in a moment of shock, and if so, then Shock Handling, rather than PrPr6 OFD will be the thing to run. You may start to run PrPr6 first, before it emerges as a moment of shock, in which case you would discontinue PrPr6 OFD and instead do the Shock Handling. ALSO: There can be more than one bit of heavily charged material to emerge and need to be addressed, and so you would process these as they occur.
Step 6 may or may not be fully accomplished before Step 5 is completed. Unless the client has clearly expressed in one of these earlier points of PrPr6 OFD/Shock Handling that they have found and processed the actual base condition for which the SHPA was created to deflect, you would still at least check Step 6.

5.   “How does using (the protective attitude, as phrased) to make yourself right or to make others wrong seem to you now?”

If the client expresses that the SHPA no longer, or doesn’t have any value in being used this way for them, move onto step 6.

If the client expresses that the SHPA still seems to be something they’d use for this purpose, do steps A,B,C,D in sequence, repetitively as needed, until the client expresses that the SHPA no longer, or doesn’t have any value in being used this way for them:

A. “How does ( the protective attitude, as phrased) make you right?”

B. “How does (the protective attitude, as phrased) make others wrong?”

C. “From where and when could you use (the protective attitude, as phrased) to make you right or make others wrong?

D. “How does using (the protective attitude, as phrased) to make yourself right or to make others wrong seem to you now?”

6. “How does using (the protective attitude, as phrased) to get what you want, or to avoid what you don’t want seem to you now?”

If the client expresses that the SHPA no longer, or doesn’t have any value in being used this way for them, move onto step 7.

If the client expresses that the SHPA still seems to be something they’d use for this purpose, do steps A,B,C,D in sequence, repetitively as needed, until the client expresses that the SHPA no longer, or doesn’t have any value in being used this way for them:

A. “How does (the protective attitude) help you to get what you want?”

B. “How does (the protective attitude, as phrased) help you avoid what you don’t want?”

C. “From where and when could you use (the protective attitude, as phrased) to get what you want or avoid what you don’t want?”

D. “How does using (the protective attitude, as phrased) to get what you want, or to avoid what you don’t want seem to you now?”

7.   “How does using (the protective attitude, as phrased) to escape domination or to dominate seem to you now?”

If the client expresses that the SHPA no longer, or doesn’t have any value in being used this way for them, move onto step 6.

If the client expresses that the SHPA still seems to be something they’d use for this purpose, do steps A,B,C,D in sequence, repetitively as needed, until the client expresses that the SHPA no longer, or doesn’t have any value in being used this way for them:

A. “How does (the protective attitude, as phrased) help you escape domination?”

B. “How does (the protective attitude, as phrased) help you to dominate?”

C. “From where and when could you use (the protective attitude, as phrased) to escape domination or to dominate?”

D. “How does using (the protective attitude, as phrased) to escape domination or to dominate seem to you now?”

8. Run “How does the idea (the protective attitude, as phrased) seem to you now?” To a very positive response about how the attitude is not something to bind oneself to. If this is not forthcoming, repeat steps 3 and 4, then back to step 7, and if necessary, continue cycling through steps 7, 3 and 4 until step 7 is accomplished.

9. Complete this procedure with a very important restoration to an underlying positive state:

(A) Ask the PC, “Is there a positive ability or state of being related to the subject of that idea that would be good for you to create and maintain?”

Upon getting such an item,

(B) “Envision (answer given) for yourself, as a 3-dimensional reality, and get the idea of how good it feels”, and then, “tell me about it”

(C ) “Now effortlessly create that (answer to A), in full dimension, and sufficient degree and volume for it to completely permeate your space and beingness, have it do so, and fully experience it.”.

Check if the PC has fully done this, give the command as needed to accomplish this, and acknowledge this accomplishment.

Be prepared for the PC to encounter some form of case or charge that interferes with their success in fully accomplishing this result, and handle by applying process R2-34 (Description Processing) from the book Creation of Human Ability: allow, or, if not forthcoming, ask the PC to describe what they are encountering; it could be virtually any form of case- engrams, implants, sensations, decisions, command phrases, shocks, and more. Until all the resistance is processed out of the item, have the PC simply examine it, using the question “How does it seem now?” each time they have completed one cycle of examining and describing the material. It will be most effective to apply “a silent auditor invites itsa”, and only repeat the command when the PC ceases looking and describing, and looks to you for acknowledgement and the next direction. Occasionally interject “Does it seem to be persisting?”, and otherwise continue until the material that arose to interfere with the client’s execution of command B has completely discharged. This can often be quite a gain for the PC, but do not lose sight of going for completely successful execution of command (C).

Repeat command (C), “Now create that (item), in full dimension and in sufficient degree and volume for it to completely permeate your space and beingness, have it do so and fully experience it.” and continue as above until any charge that arises is processed out, and command (C) has been successfully executed, and acknowledge. The results should be very positive and very evident.

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