Basic Objective Processes
Decide to Move
Give Me Some Places Where You Can Be
Opening Pro - Be Have Do
R2-50 Changing Minds
R2-32 Assignment of Attributes
R2-26 Remedy of Laughter
R2-22 Spanning Attention
Attention by Duplication
Opening Procedure by Duplication
R2-35 Where Are You Now?
R2-27: Body Differentiation
Opening Procedure by 1st Postulate
Separatenes from Objects
Separateness from People
R2-46 Other People
Holding Objects Apart
Where Isn't Your Body Being Responsible at This Moment?
Object Tone Scale Process
Think A Placed Thought
Direct Decisional Rehabilitation
Permissive Decisional Rehabilitation
R2-26 Remedy of Laughter
Creation of Human Ability (R2-26)
The earliest known psychotherapy is getting a patient to laugh. Laughter is rejection. A person being continually inflowed upon by the physical universe, at length may find it difficult to reject anything. Getting him to reject something could be made a processing goal. The best manifestation of this is laughter.
Laughter includes both surprise and rejection. The individual is surprised into rejecting. In order to laugh, he must have laid aside some of his ability to predict. An individual who is serious has laid aside so much of his ability to predict that he now cannot be surprised into rejection.
The anatomy of mystery consists of, in this order, unpredictability, confusion, and chaos, covered up because it cannot be tolerated. Therefore, this is also the anatomy of problems.
Problems always begin with an unpredictability, deteriorate into a confusion, and then if still unresolved, become a mystery which is massed confusion. It will be observed that as a person falls further away from the ability to laugh, he becomes more and more confused until at last he sees no points in any jokes, he sees only embarrassment when confronted by laugher, and the whole action of laughter itself escapes him. The ability to laugh is rehabilitated in general by processing, as it advances the ability of the person to know, which is to say predict.
In this intensive procedure, only two steps are employed to remedy laughter.
Part I: The first consists of these commands, "Be completely certain that the wall is there." And when the person has become, with considerably conversation, complete certain that the wall is there, touching it, pushing against it, and so forth, the auditor then says, "Sit down, take your watch", "Now predict that the wall will be there ten seconds from now", "Have you done so?" "All right, wait ten seconds by your watch".
And when this is done, "Is the wall still there?" And when the person has answered, "Now make absolutely certain the wall is there". The person does so by touching it, pushing at it, kicking it. "Now make very sure that the wall is there." And when the person very vigorously has done so, "Now predict that it will be there in ten seconds." When the person has done so, the remainder of the commands are given and this is repeated over and over.
The second part of intensive procedure's process of laughter follows, but only after the person has experienced considerable relief and is absolutely sure that he can predict that all parts of the room will be there, not only in ten seconds, but in one hour -- although no such timing is used, and only ten seconds of time is employed.
Additional steps for Part 1: If the person does not experience relief in the above procedure and cannot predict easily, there are additional steps that can be employed. The person would then be led to predict the position of his own body, first by predicting that it was going to be in a certain spot, then moving it there and seeing whether or not it had arrived at that spot. He would then be brought to swing his arm in a circle, predict that it would swing faster, and swing it faster. Thus being led to predict the motion of his body with these simplicities, he could be exercised in making his body go tense and go limp by his command, until he was thoroughly certain that he could both predict the tension or relaxation by doing it. Then he could be led to predict the positions of people walking on the street until he felt some security in predicting without exercising physical control.
Part 2: "Start laughing." And no matter what the person says thereafter, or what arguments he advances, or how many things he asks about, or how many reasons he wants or gives, the processor says (adding words that urge the client): "Start laughing". And when the person at length does so, no matter how half-heartedly, "Keep on laughing." The two command used in addition to works necessary to urge the person without giving the person any reason whatsoever are: "Start laughing" and "Keep on laughing."
This process is then done until the person can easily laugh without any reason whatsoever, without believing that laughing without a reason is insane, without feeling self-conscious about laughing, without needing any boost from the processor.
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