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The Marriage Course Glossary

The Marriage Course Glossary

give (someone) an acknowledgment. See also acknowledgment in this glossary.


something said or done to inform another that his statement or action has been noted, understood and received.


love, liking or any other emotional attitude; the degree of liking. The basic definition of affinity is the consideration of distance, whether good or bad.


a process which can be done to alleviate a present time discomfort and help a person recover more rapidly from an accident, illness or upset.


someone who is trained and qualified to apply Scientology processing to individuals for their benefit. The term comes from the Latin audire, "to listen." See also processing in this glossary.


an interchange of ideas across space between two individuals.

communication lag:

the length of time intervening between the asking of a question and the reply to that specific question by the person asked.

communication line:

the route along which a communication travels from one person to another.


an urge to survive along a certain course; an urge toward existence in an area of life. There are eight dynamics:

first, self; second, sex and the family unit; third, groups; fourth, mankind; fifth, life forms; sixth, physical universe; seventh, spirits; and eighth, Supreme Being.

overt act:

a harmful act or a transgression against the moral code of a group. An overt act is not just injuring someone or something, it is an act of omission or commission which does the least good for the least number of people or areas of life, or the most harm to the greatest number of people or areas of life.


(1) (noun) a conclusion, decision or resolution about something. (2) (verb) make something happen or bring something into being by making a postulate about it.

present time:

the time which is now and becomes the past as rapidly as it is observed. It is a term loosely applied to the environment existing in now.


a special form of personal counseling, unique in Scientology, which helps an individual look at his own existence and improves his ability to confront what he is and where he is. Processing is a precise, thoroughly codified activity with exact procedures.


an applied religious philosophy developed by L. Ron Hubbard. It is the study and handling of the spirit in relationship to itself, universes and other life. The word Scientology comes from the Latin scio, which means "know" and the Greek word logos, meaning "the word or outward form by which the inward thought is expressed and made known." Thus, Scientology means knowing about knowing.

third party:

one who by false reports creates trouble between two people, a person and a group, or a group and another group.


an unspoken, unannounced transgression against a moral code by which a person is bound; an overt act that a person committed that he or she is not talking about. Any withhold comes after an overt act.