The Overt

 From the Scientology Handbook

Definition: overt: a harmful act or a transgression against the moral code of a group. When a person does something that is contrary to the moral code he has agreed to, or when he omits to do something that he should have done per that moral code, he has committed an overt. An overt violates what was agreed upon. An overt can be intentional or unintentional.

The Overt-Motivator Sequence

There is another aspect to the mechanism of overt acts. It is called the overt-motivator sequence, and it further explains much of human behavior.

An overt, as seen, is a transgression against the moral code of a group and could additionally be described as an aggressive or destructive act by the individual against some part of life.

A motivator is an aggressive or destructive act received by the person or part of life.

The viewpoint from which the act is viewed resolves whether the act is an overt or a motivator.

The reason it is called a “motivator” is because it tends to prompt that one pays it back-it “motivates” a new overt.

When one has done something bad to someone or something, one tends to believe it must have been “motivated.”


When one has received something bad, he also may tend to feel he must have done something to deserve it.

The above points are true. The actions and reactions of people on the subject are often very falsified.

People go about believing they were in an auto accident when in actual fact they caused one.

Also people may believe they caused an accident when they were only in one.

Some people, on hearing of a death, at once believe they must have killed the person even though they were far away.

Police in large cities have people turn up and confess to almost every murder as a routine.

One doesn’t have to be crazy to be subject to the overt-motivator sequence.


Also see the page: What Makes Scientology Critics.

Also see the Church of Scientology of Canberra here if you are interested in more.

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