I just finished getting "audited", and doing 2 work book classes. I read bits from several Scientology books and pamphlets. I am about as skeptical a person as you will meet, and generally find too much BS & hypocrisy in groups, and Churches. I was astonished how useful my experiences with Scientology have been. After the above, I am a lot more calm & confident about dealing with people, I noticed the speed with which I can respond, and articulate is dramatically up. I feel more affinity with people and am smoother and more confident in handling the minor conflicts. I am clear about when people are antisocial downers , and how to deal with them too. The auditing actually did help me clear up my unconcious reactiveness. In my case it was not any one dramatic incident, but many little things over many years, which linked together, had me feeling less confident and unable to see what was really happening.
First thing after the auditing, I called my mom who I was not in contact with
as much as I would like, had something that had pushed us apart.
I had so much fun talking with her, I felt like I had gotten my old mom back, and maybe a new one I hadn't met before, who was one of the funnest, smartest, nicest people I can think of.
Originally I got interested from one of the little pamphlets on "The Tone Scale", which I found amazingly useful in understanding people. After
reading the pamphlet and practicing with it, I found my ability to hire
good people, and relate to friends & family went way up.
In my experience, nothing beats picking up a book or books, or checking it out at a Scienctology Church. Most stuff you read or hear second hand is ridiculous, after you check it out. I particulary recommend the $5 pamphlets, which are short, easy reads and fun and easy to practice applying the concepts with. The Tone Scale is a real eye opener, it really works.
If you are curious, I highly reccommend checking it out directly. The
people at the mission (smaller church) I went to were helpful if asked, but not pushy or weird.
The worst part was finding so many intriguing tools, ways of understanding humans that worked amazingly well. Thus putting me in the position of having to speak up about the anti Scientology nonsense (second hand) that is still prevalent. Even then, it hasn't been near as bad as I would have thought.
I just say some of what I have described above, invite people to check it out, pick up a pamphlet or books, apply it, note the results.
If someone is really misinformed or adament I just say no, that's not what my experience has been. then shut up, see if they have any curiousity. If they are chronic downers about Scientology, or people improving themselsves in general, I can laugh at them gently, get in their face, shrug it off or change the subject depending on the mood or situation. Mostly though, people have been curious more than I would have thought and it's been fun to share with them.
It's given me a new outlook on our screwed up world. If enough
people got the unexpectedly powerful results I did, maybe the world
would improve for the better in astonishing, hard to believe ways too.