ASSIGNMENT >> 6. Read “Basic Terms and Definitions.”


Often a Social Personality is so mired down in his own difficulties that he cannot see improvement is possible. To him, his setbacks and travails are “just life” or “the way things have to be.” He has no inkling that such a thing as Anti-Social Personalities exist or that one (or more) were making life miserable for him.

A potential trouble source has periods in life when he does well.

But when he comes under the influence of a suppressive person...

...he begins doing poorly. He may become ill or have accidents and generally do worse in life.

To become aware that such a condition exists requires one understand what the condition is. Following are basic terms and definitions associated with the detection and handling of Anti-Social Personalities and those affected by them. These need to be understood for success in addressing and handling personal suppression.

Suppressive Person: (abbreviated “SP”) A person who seeks to suppress, or squash, any betterment activity or group. A Suppressive Person suppresses other people in his vicinity. This is the person whose behavior is calculated to be disastrous. “Suppressive Person” or a “Suppressive” is another name for the “Anti-Social Personality.”

Potential Trouble Source: (abbreviated “PTS”) A person who is in some way connected to and being adversely affected by a Suppressive Person. He is called a Potential Trouble Source because he can be a lot of trouble to himself and to others.

An indicator of someone being a Potential Trouble Source is not whether that person looks intimidated or not cheerful or is having trouble with his boss. Those are not things that indicate whether someone is a PTS. The indicators are very precise.

The PTS is connected to an SP who is antagonistic to him. The Suppressive Person keeps the Potential Trouble Source from functioning in life. Therefore, the Potential Trouble Source can do well in life or in some activity and then, when he meets up with or is affected by the Suppressive Person—who is somehow invalidating or making less of him or his efforts—he gets worse.

A Potential Trouble Source is doing well and then not doing well, doing well, not doing well. When he is not doing well, he is sometimes ill.

A person in this condition Roller Coasters. The term Roller Coaster means to better and worsen—the person gets better, gets worse, gets better, gets worse. Its name was derived from the name of an amusement park ride that rises then plunges steeply.

Another indicator of a Potential Trouble Source is that in the presence of suppression, an individual makes mistakes. When a person makes mistakes or does stupid things, it is evidence that a Suppressive Person exists in that vicinity.

There are also types of PTS people. The basic ones are as follows.

PTS Type I

The first type of PTS person is one who is associated with or connected to a Suppressive Person in his present time environment. By “connected to” is meant in the vicinity of, or in communication with in some way, whether a social, familial or business relationship.

A Type I PTS has a suppressive person there in his present time environment trying to squash and invalidate him.

An artist may have a “friend” hanging around who is actually a Suppressive Person, invalidating his work and ambitions. The artist may become ill or give up his work.

An executive with a Suppressive Person for a business associate will Roller Coaster and may find himself making mistakes in his work, suffering setbacks or becoming sick.

Someone intimately connected to another who opposes their attempts at self-betterment is PTS.

Also, an individual may be involved in betterment activities to increase his abilities and improve his life and the lives of others. Such an individual may be connected to a Suppressive Person. The SP attacks such betterment activities and the people involved in them, as the Suppressive is terrified of anyone becoming stronger or more able.

Thus individuals intimately connected with persons (such as marital or familial ties) of known antagonism to betterment activities are PTS. In practice these persons have such pressure continually brought to bear upon them by others with undue influence over them they make poor progress or improvement and their interest is solely devoted to proving the antagonistic element wrong.


In the second type of PTS, a past suppression is being restimulated by someone or something in the present time environment. When an individual is restimulated, a past bad memory is reactivated due to similar circumstances existing in the present which approximate circumstances of the past, and the person can experience the pain and emotions contained in the past memory. In the case of a PTS Type II, the person wouldn’t even have to see the Suppressive Person to go PTS but can become so just by seeing something that reminds him of the Suppressive.

A Type II PTS is reminded of a suppressive person in his past by someone or something in his environment. The actual suppressive is not there in present time but his influence is felt nevertheless.

For example, if someone has been suppressed by a postman and sees a letter box when the postman isn’t even around, that could be enough to cause him to Roller Coaster.

A PTS Type II always has an apparent Suppressive who is not the Suppressive of the PTS person, is confusing the two and is acting PTS only because of restimulation, not because of suppression.

An important thing to know is that a Suppressive is always a person, a being or a group of beings. A Suppressive is not a condition, a problem or a conclusion, decision or resolution made by the individual himself.

The Type II PTS is handled by specific Scientology processes. These are exact sets of questions asked or directions given by a trained Scientology practitioner to help a person find out things about himself and improve his condition. Scientology processes received by a Type II PTS help the person locate the suppressive and fully alleviate the undue influences the SP has had on the PTS.


In this case the Type II’s apparent SP (Suppressive Person) is spread all over the world and is often more than all the people there are—for the person sometimes has ghosts about him or demons and they are just more apparent SPs but imaginary as beings as well.

A Type III PTS is also under the influence of a suppressive from his past, but the present time environment is, to him, full of suppressives.

The Type III PTS is mostly found in mental institutions. He is best helped by providing a safe environment and giving him rest and quiet and no treatment of a mental nature at all. He should receive any medical care needed that is unbrutal in nature.

A person who is PTS is often the last person to suspect it. He may have become temporarily or momentarily so. And he may have become so very slightly. Or he may be very PTS and have been so for a long time. Therefore, the very first step in handling this condition is to gain an understanding of the fundamentals of the technology concerning Potential Trouble Sources and Suppressive Persons so that the situation can be handled.

And it can be handled.

pains, extreme anxieties or emotional torments or sufferings resulting from mental or physical hardship.

1. groups of people singled out within a larger group by identifiable behavior patterns, common interests, etc.
2. a component or constituent of a whole.

to better and worsen—a person gets better, gets worse, gets better, gets worse. The term was derived from the name of an amusement park ride that rises and then plunges steeply.