Wednesday, April 16, 2008

Rest In Peace, Kaja.

I was deeply saddened to read the news from Norway.

"The daughter of a member of Norway's parliament committed suicide hours after she received what her family claims were "devastating" results from a personality test administered by the Church of Scientology. Police in France, where the young woman was studying, are investigating."

Read more at:
Police Probe Suicide Linked to Scientologists

An investigation is underway so we must wait to learn the full story.

This tragedy reminds me of another story, that of the Queen St Massacre.

"In the Queen Street massacre case, the Gunmen, Frank Vitkovic, had been tested by the Church of Scientology two months before he shot a number of people in the Queen St Massacre. [27]. [28] "Vitkovic took a personality test carried out by a Church of Scientology volunteer. The results of the test, the Scientology volunteer believed, made her suspect that he might have hit rock bottom. The voluntary worker, Ms Eleanor Simpson, who had no formal training in psychology, believed Vitkovic was extremely depressed. She could recall only one other personality test having a worse result. She did not refer Vitkovic to a psychiatrist but suggested he enrol in the Ups and Downs in Life course run by the Church."[29]. Forensic psychiatrist Dr Alan Bartholemew presented evidence at the trial concerning Scientology's testing of gunman Frank Vitkovic. Bartholemew indicated that the Scientologist's testing of gunman Frank Vitkovic, though revealing that Vitkovic was suffering a serious mental condition, was not treated effectively. Bartholomew also stated that the test itself may have contributed to Vitkovic's mental state before he shot 8 people". [30]
Source: Wikipedia

You may have seen Scientologists offering "Free Personality Tests" or "Stress Tests"
Former Scientologists explain that the tests are used as a recruitment tool. The standard procedure is for test subjects to be told they have various flaws that only Scientology can fix. High pressure sales tactics are employed to make people pay for Scientology books and courses. Psychologists consider the test to be invalid and potentially dangerous.

Read more about the test:

The Scientology Personality Test

Chris Owen's analysis of the test

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"She laughed when I asked her to take a stress test. She cried when I found her ruin."

This disturbing image from a Scientology website reveals the manipulative and cruel sales tactics used to sell Scientology books.
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Scientologists are trained to "cave in" potential customers to make them feel like Scientology is their only hope. They are instructed to find and exploit a person's "ruin."

Before anyone submits themselves to Scientology's procedures, they should do some research into it and read both sides of the story.

In my opinion, Scientology's practices can be extremely dangerous, particularly for anyone suffering from depression or other mental illnesses.

Rest in Peace

Kaja Bordevich Ballo


Out_Of_The_Dark said...

Excellent blog piece. I'm adding your blog to the list of critical and important links about scientology I post periodically to the internet and usenet,

Keep up the good work

Mary McConnell

Anonymous said...

I really appreciate this Blog.

Its brilliant, really does explore the tactics used by the Scilon.

I have added this page to my collection of bookmarks - and i plan to take it when i go for a Personality test next week.

it may be the start of my Fair game. But i would like to show them, what we really think about them since the low levels, dont really know much. OT1 and OT2.

drg55 said...

This is another example of the attempts of psychiatry to attack the Church. Vitkovic had a brief contact with the Church months earlier, but had had psychiatric drugs prescribed by his doctor. The Coroner concluded that there was no evidence to link the Church with this event. Psychiatric drugs have been linked to massacres as they can diminish inhibitions.

In fact it is the most common feature in such incidents that there was a history of taking psych drugs. Heres one:

Your blog is hate speech.

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6:41 Why do you see the speck in your neighbor's eye, but do not notice the log in your own eye? 6:42 Or how can you say to your neighbor, 'Friend, let me take out the speck in your eye,' when you yourself do not see the log in your own eye? You hypocrite, first take the log out of your own eye, and then you will see clearly to take the speck out of your neighbor's eye.

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