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The Communication Course Glossary

The Communication 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.


to find certain actions, words, phrases, mannerisms or subjects that cause the student doing a drill to become distracted by reacting to the coach. Bullbaiting is done by the coach in specific Training Routines. The word bullbait is derived from an English and Spanish sport of baiting which meant to set dogs upon a chained bull. See also Training Routines in this glossary.


an item, word, phrase, subject or area that causes response or reaction in an individual.


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.


to face without flinching or avoiding. The ability to confront is actually the ability to be there comfortably and perceive.

cycle of action:

the sequence that an action goes through, wherein the action is begun, is continued for as long as is required and then is completed as planned.


comes from the Greek words dia, meaning "through" and nous, meaning "soul." Dianetics is a methodology developed by L. Ron Hubbard which can help alleviate such ailments as unwanted sensations and emotions, irrational fears and psychosomatic illnesses. It is most accurately described as what the soul is doing to the body through the mind.


a method of learning or training whereby a person does a procedure over and over again in order to perfect that skill.


the act of reproducing something exactly.


a gradual approach to something taken step by step, level by level, each step or level being, of itself, easily attainable—so that finally, complicated and difficult activities can be achieved with relative ease. The term gradient also applies to each of the steps taken in such an approach.

major stable win:

See win in this glossary.

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.

Q and A:

short for Question and Answer. It means to not get an answer to one’s question, to fail to complete something or to deviate from an intended course of action. Example: Question: "Do birds fly?" Answer: "I don’t like birds." Question: "Why not?" Answer: "Because they’re dirty." The original question has not been answered and has been dropped and the person who asked the question has deviated—this is Q and A. The person who deviates could be said to have "Q-and-Aed."


that which appears to be. Reality is fundamentally agreement; the degree of agreement reached by people. What we agree to be real is real.


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.


a person, point or position which can receive, relay or send a communication.


abbreviation for Training Routine. See Training Routines in this glossary.

Training Routines:

training drills that enable a person to improve his level of communication skill. By doing these drills any person’s ability to communicate with others can be vastly improved.


the accomplishment of any desired improvement. Examples of wins would be a person increasing his ability to communicate, experiencing an increased feeling of well-being or gaining more certainty about some area of his life. In Training Routines, when a student has reached the point where he can do a drill and his skill and ability to do it is stable, it is called a major stable win—a significant, lasting gain. See also Training Routines in this glossary.