“It would be practically impossible to commit an overt act against me. It’s not that I’m tough or I am a no-effect proposition but I merely wouldn’t consider it so! Now that’s just an attitude of mine.
“Well now, a little kid—and maybe something else—but a little kid, he’s just committed the overt act of witholding his death, see. And he went through a big pretense of dying and here he is again and so he’s all occluded. And this, itself, is a major overt act, as I told you in an earlier lecture. And, boy, is it easy to commit overt acts against children in their consideration unless you break them out of it.
“And, you can break them out of it in various ways. Not by arguing with them or something of that sort, but the basic way to do it would simply be to not go into a victim valence every time they started screaming, you know. Like, ‘Oh, what am I going to do? I don’t know. Why did I ever become a mother (or a father) da-di-da-da’ or any other version of the same tune, you see.
“That fixes it up so when he’s sixteen, fifteen, fourteen, that child is going to hate your guts but thoroughly! And they find the normal reaction in a generation so ‘normal’ (quote) (unquote) that the clinical psychologist considers it inevitable that the child in his teens will do some kind of an individuation or separateness from the family by hating everybody in the family. And this is considered to be routine. Well, it’s only routine if everybody in the family has it set up so the child has committed innumerable acts—overt acts against them. Don’t you see?”
L. Ron Hubbard
from 1st Melbourne Advanced Clinical Course lecture
“Universe of a Thetan”
24 November 1959