HCO Training Bulletin 30 November 1956
Tape: 5403C19C "4ACC-56 "Lecture on Processes"
Tape: 5403C23 "Universe Series: Beingness"
Tape: 5411C01 "Two Way Communication"
Tape: 5411C08 "Non Verbal Communication"
Tape: 5412C10 HCAP-10 "Opening Procedure of 8-C"
PAB 44 "Two-Way Communication in Action"
The processor who is looking at a psychotic is trying to understand an incomprehensible, and if we were to cease using the word "psychotic" and began using the word "incomprehensetic", we would have a word which would serve us extremely well.
The best way to handle a psychotic is with physical form, making the psychotic mimic the physical form by mimicking, with the physical form, the psychotic. Thus, we have our basic level of mimicry, and thus we have the entering edge of communication.
Let me give you a little example of this. This girl came in jabbering French, schoolbook French, just patterned French phrases like quoting from a grammar book with an occasional interjection of a French phrase which made sense, but most of it just out of a grammar book. And the moment she was answered in French, she just went into deaf and dumb talk. Why? Because it was a circuit. And what can't a circuit stand? It can't stand duplication. So therefore it is only one thing, and its only decision would then be to be more interesting and more unduplicatable. So the more you would validate a circuit or answer a circuit or try to duplicate a circuit or go into a two-way communication with a circuit, the less liable you are to have your person in communication with you.
You are trying to get into communication with the person, with the person, not with his machinery. And so the whole hub of the subject of mimicry has to be what you mimic; don't mimic circuits, mimic what is usual, mimic the real, mimic what is ordinary and routine amongst human beings, but don't mimic terrifically unusual manifestations. If you understand that, then mimicry will always work for you and you will never get these flukey ones whereby you did mimicry with this case and it didn't get any better. Mimic the ordinary, the routine, the real -- never the weird, bizarre, or strange.