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You have now successfully enrolled and are almost ready to begin your first step in an exciting and practical learning process. This course will provide you with effective tools to use in your life.

This course is laid out in a step-by-step manner, with a sequence of study and exercises for you to do. And since the entire course is self-contained from within your personal logon, you can simply log in at any time to progress through your assignments to full completion.

Important Note

In doing this course, be very certain you never go past a word you do not fully understand. The only reason a person gives up a study or becomes confused or unable to learn is because he has gone past a word he did not understand. More

Important Note

In doing this course, be very certain you never go past a word you do not fully understand. The only reason a person gives up a study or becomes confused or unable to learn is because he has gone past a word he did not understand.

The confusion or inability to understand or learn comes AFTER a word you did not know the meaning of. It might not only be the new and unusual words that you did not understand.

One of the most important facts in the whole subject of study is that you must never go past a word that you do not understand.

In every subject that you took up and then left incomplete, you will find that there were words that you read but you did not know what they meant.

So while doing this course be very, very certain you never go past a word you do not fully understand.

If what you are studying becomes confusing or you can’t seem to understand it, there will be a WORD just earlier that you have not understood.

Don’t go any further, but go back to BEFORE you got into trouble and find the word you did not fully understand. Wherever you see a word that is underlined, you can click on it and it will immediately give you the meaning of that word.

As you go through the course, you can also click on the menu at the top of each course page where it says “Glossary” (which is a list of words and what they mean) and it will take you to a list of words used in the course and give you the meaning of each.

If you cannot find the word you are looking for listed in the glossary, get a simple dictionary and look up its meaning there.

Welcome to the Components of Understanding Online Course

Throughout our life, we strive to understand people and things better so as to get along better with others, to be able to better operate a machine or to simply know what is going on in the world.

But despite our best intentions, we sometimes encounter upsets, differing opinions and misunderstandings.

If there was some way to increase our understanding of people and problems, that would be a very valuable thing to know.

In Scientology, it was discovered that all human relationships—and in fact, any activity in life—can be improved once you know what understanding itself really is.

L. Ron Hubbard has isolated the actual components of understanding. By knowing these components and how they relate to each other and how they add up to understanding, you can do something about any problem, large or small.

This is fundamental knowledge, common to all aspects of living, from relationships with other people, to running companies, being members of groups, learning and education, government, industry—all of it.

This course gives you an introduction to these simple but powerful fundamentals so that you can start to bring greater understanding to any area of your life or the lives of others.

Important Note

In doing this course, be very certain you never go past a word you do not fully understand. The only reason a person gives up a study or becomes confused or unable to learn is because he has gone past a word he did not understand. More

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Affinity, Reality and Communication

In Scientology, we have a great deal to do with this subject called understanding. Understanding contains very specific parts. These parts are: AFFINITY, REALITY and COMMUNICATION.

Understanding results from the combination of affinity, reality and communication. For example, one has to have some affinity (liking for) for an object, some communication with it and some idea of its reality (knows something about it) before he can understand it. So his ability to understand any person, thought or object depends upon his affinity, his communication and his reality.

To be able to improve or increase understanding, it is necessary to be fully familiar with and understand what each of these three parts themselves consist of.

AFFINITY

The word affinity is used here to mean love, liking or any other emotional attitude. Under “affinity” we have whether or not we like people, whether or not we can live near people, whether or not we feel emotional toward people. The different emotions such as apathy, anger, boredom, enthusiasm each show different levels of affinity.

The amount of affinity can be measured by how willing someone is to be in the same space as or be like (be similar to) another person. If you say, “I like you,” you are saying, “Well, I’d just as soon be you.” “I like you” would also mean, “I’d just as soon occupy your space.” When two individuals do not like each other, it means they won’t be in each other’s space, they won’t like to take the other person’s point of view. They don’t want to be like the other person. If one wears blue, the other feels he has to wear green. If two men talking to each other are not in affinity with each other, they will tend to argue or just walk away from each other.

REALITY

By reality we mean “the solid objects, the real things of life.” Reality is what is perceived (seen, felt, heard, etc.). Reality is agreement of what is or what exists. Something that is real is something that we agree exists and can perceive. The reverse would be disagreement, whereby two or more persons do not agree on what is true or what is real.

That which is real is real simply because it is agreed-upon and for no other reason.

COMMUNICATION

Communication is the most important of the three parts in bringing about understanding.

A communication is a message or a particle, going through distance in a certain direction between two exact points.

A very simple way of saying what communication means is the shift (or movement) of a particle from one part of space to another part of space. A particle is the thing being communicated. It can be an object, a written message, a spoken word or an idea.

For example, if you took a baseball and threw it to someone to catch, that would be a communication from you to the other person. If you said “hello” to someone, that too would be a communication, exactly following the meaning above.

Communication can also be two-way, with the person who received the first message sending his own message back to the first person. This creates an interchange (giving and receiving or exchanging) of ideas or particles.

Communication is not just speaking to someone. There are many ways to communicate. Two people can sit and look at each other and be in communication. One of the ways to go into communication is by touch. You can pet a cat and the cat all of a sudden starts to purr. You are in communication with the cat. You can reach out and shake a person’s hand and you are in communication with him. In France, Italy and Spain people often throw their arms around each other to greet them. They are in contact with each other and that contact is communication.

While it is important to understand each of these three separate parts, they also have a very specific relationship to each other that when combined add up to greater or lesser understanding of people, objects and life itself. This is the subject of the next lesson.

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