“So, you are dealing with several types of therapy every time you process a person in Dianetics. You are trying to rehabilitate his contact with reality. But to do that you have to repair his communications with reality and you have to demonstrate to him an affinity which really doesn’t take place very well until his sense of reality is rehabilitated. There is always that trio.
“It is much more difficult to work on a person who has become inaccessible. He is out of communication. It is like trying to call a radio station parked on some desert island someplace, where the antenna is down and the power has been out for a long time and somebody shot the operator. It is pretty tough.
“Your first job is to get the person in communication again. They usually go out of communication because of the breaking of affinity lines.
“The greatest aberrative force of which I know is the breaking down of the closest of affinities, the ally relationship. When that breaks you get a grief charge.
“The rehabilitation of any preclear then, involves working with these factors. The fellow who just sits and glowers, and will not say anything, he won’t agree with you, he won’t do anything, has been pressed so thoroughly out of communication with existence that you can’t communicate with him enough to do anything for him right away. And if we only had the tool of sending him back to basic-basic and reducing it, we would be in pretty bad shape.
“Fortunately, we also have the tool of affinity. Affinity is not something you can measure on a meter, but it is there. There is the old adage, you’ve got to like people to have them like you. Therefore, the more mechanically a person treats a case, the less chance he has of success.
“You have to treat the case as a human being, not because it is the thing to do, but because there is actual theta there, and an affinity line. Simply getting a human being into communication is in itself enormously therapeutic.
“You have already broken down one point of the holdup, and although they will work against you as a trio, the moment that you can re-establish one of them, the rest will follow. So we have got three points of attack. We have affinity, and the auditor needs to form a certain affinity and demonstrate an interest in the preclear’s affairs.”
An excerpt from an LRH lecture given on 4 August 1950, RELATION OF AFFINITY, COMMUNICATION AND REALITY