The Definition of PTSness

Reference: Subject: Scientology Fundamentals

We shall look at the definitions of POTENTIAL TROUBLE SOURCE (PTS) and SUPPRESSIVE PERSON (SP) carefully from the Technical Dictionary. Apparently, an SP is the cause of suppression, and a PTS is the effect of suppression. We shall start by looking at the definition of SUPPRESS.


SUPPRESS, to squash, to sit on, to make smaller, to refuse to let reach, to make uncertain about his reaching, to render or lessen in any way possible by any means possible, to the harm of the individual and for the fancied protection of a suppressor. 

According to this definition we are looking at any activity that does not allow a person to be himself or herself. Instead, such an activity tries to destroy the beingness of the person. 

POTENTIAL TROUBLE SOURCE, 1. a person or preclear who “rollercoasters,” i.e., gets better, then worse. This occurs only when his connection to a suppressive person or group is unhandled and he must, in order to make his gains from Scn permanent, receive processing intended to handle such.

In order for the results from Scientology processing to last, any threat to a person’s beingness must be handled as a priority.

POTENTIAL TROUBLE SOURCE, 2. somebody who is connected with an SP who is invalidating him, his beingness, his processing, his life.

To handle the threat to one’s beingness, one must first identify the source of such threat. Such source is always a living entity. In Scientology, that source is called the SP (suppressive person).

POTENTIAL TROUBLE SOURCE, 3. means the case is going to go up and fall down. He’s a trouble source because he’s going to get upset. He’s a trouble source because he’s going to make trouble. And he’s trouble for the auditor and he’s trouble for us and he’s trouble for himself. 

A person whose beingness is under threat is not going to retain any benefits from auditing until that threat is handled. Until then he is gong to be trouble to Scientology organization that is auditing him.

POTENTIAL TROUBLE SOURCE, 4. it means someone connected to a person or group opposed to Scn. It is a technical thing. It results in illness and roller-coaster and is the cause of illness and roller-coaster. 

From Scientology perspective, the SP is opposed to the person getting better, and by extension, the SP is also opposed to Scientology activity that is trying to stabilize the person.

PTS, 1. means potential trouble source which itself means a person connected to a suppressive person. All sick persons are PTS. All pcs who roller-coaster (regularly lose gains) are PTS. Suppressive persons are themselves PTS to themselves.  

A PTS person is identifiable by his inability to hold on to his gains in auditing, because his beingness is constantly being invalidated by an SP.

PTS, 2. is the manifestation of a postulate—counter-postulate. 

The PTS person wants to be himself, but the SP is not allowing that.

PTS, 3. environmental menace that keeps something continuously keyed in. This can be a constant recurring somatic, a continual, recurring pressure or a mass. The menace in the environment is not imaginary in such extreme cases. 

To the PTS person the threat to his beingness appears as a diffused environmental menace because he is unable to identify the source of it. 

PTS TYPE A, a person intimately connected with persons (such as marital or familial ties) of known antagonism to mental or spiritual treatment or Scn. 

The source of threat that a PTS feels could be right there, but the PTS is blind to it. He may not be able to associate the threat to its source because he is in some relationship with it, and he can’t let go.

PTS TYPE ONE, the SP on the case is right in present time, actively suppressing the person. Type one is normally handled by an ethics officer in the course of a hearing.

When the SP on the case is right in present time, the handling is to get the PTS to recognize this fact.

PTS TYPE TWO, type two is harder to handle than type one, for the apparent suppressive person in present time is only a restimulator for the actual suppressive. The pc who isn’t sure, won’t disconnect, or still roller-coasters, or who doesn’t brighten up, can’t name any SP at all is a type two. 

But what appears to be an SP in present time, may only be a reminder of the real SP. So, it may require a search and discovery of the real SP.

PTS TYPE THREE, the type three PTS is mostly in institutions or would be. On this case the type two’s apparent SP is spread all over the world and is often more than all the people there are—for the person sometimes has ghosts about him or demons and they are just more apparent SPs but imaginary as beings as well. 

The PTS person may start seeing SPs everywhere. Such a person is so terrified that he or she is unable to function in life and may have to be institutionalized. 

SUPPRESSIVE PERSON, 1. he’s solving a present time problem which hasn’t in actual fact existed for the last many trillenia in most cases, and yet he is taking the actions in present time which solve that problem. The guy’s totally stuck in present time, that is the whole anatomy of psychosis. 

The SP is threatening the beingness of others around him in an effort to solve some imaginary problem. He is psychotic in this sense. He is stuck in some engram.

SUPPRESSIVE PERSON, 2. a person who rewards only down statistics and never rewards an up statistic. He goofs up or vilifies any effort to help anybody and particularly knifes with violence anything calculated to make human beings more powerful or intelligent. A suppressive automatically and immediately will curve any betterment activity into something evil or bad.

The SP is not logical in his thinking. He harbors great fear against anybody getting better than him.

SUPPRESSIVE PERSON, 3. a person who doesn’t get case gain because of continuing overts.

An SP does not get better because he is continually engaged in committing harmful acts.

SUPPRESSIVE PERSON, 4. the person is in a mad, howling situation of some yesteryear and is “handling it” by committing overt acts today. I say condition of yesteryear but this case thinks it’s today. 

An SP is living with an engram completely controlling his mind.

SUPPRESSIVE PERSON, 5 . an SP is a no-confront case because, not being in his own valence he has no viewpoint from which to erase anything. That is all an SP is.

An SP is simply acting out some valence in his engram.

SUPPRESSIVE PERSON, 6. those who are destructively antisocial. 

In an SP, the thinking is completely mechanical, so no social activity flows from it.

SUPPRESSIVE PERSON, 7. a person with certain behavior characteristics and who suppresses other people in his vicinity and those other people when he suppresses them become PTS or potential trouble sources.  

An SP is threatening the beingness of others around him as part of acting out some past engram. Those whose beingness is threatened cannot hold on to their gains in auditing and become troublesome to those who are trying to help them.

SUPPRESSIVE PERSON, 8. is one that actively seeks to suppress or damage Scn or a Scientologist by suppressive acts.

An SP then starts to threaten those who are trying to help, such as, Scientology and Scientologists.

SUPPRESSIVE PERSON, 9. a person who has had a counter – postulate to the pc you are handling.

An SP is at the other end of the troublesome preclear you are trying to handle.



DEFINITION: An anomaly is any violation of the integrity of reality, such as, discontinuity (missing data), inconsistency (contradictory data), or disharmony (arbitrary data). An anomaly flags the presence of a hidden impression on the mind in the form of an assumption. When the assumption is discovered, one becomes aware of the underlying impression. This awareness produces a realization that resolves the anomaly.

The Scientology Organizations have declared many people on their lines, and on their staff, as SPs because they were difficult to manage. The number of such instances is so large that it points to a weakness in the application of Scientology itself. This requires a clear statement of PTSness.



With subject clearing, the state of PTSness appears to be as follows:

PTSness occurs when a person feels threatened about his or her beingness. This may also extend to a person who is feeling threatened about an aberrated beingness.The latter would be the condition of SPness. So, the conditions of PTSness and SPness are closely tied together and should be carefully assessed for proper handling.

Subject Clearing shall be immensely useful in handling this condition in either of its form of PTSness or SPness.


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