Scientology Center provides free stress-testing; a venue for self improvement

By Tiffany B. Talley

YBOR CITY, Fla.- Feeling a little stressed out and need a reliever? Instead of the usual shopping or spa, head down to the Scientology Life Improvement Center.

Located in historic Ybor City, the Scientology Life Improvement Center offers free personality, IQ, aptitude and stress tests to help find answers in the interest of self. The Center provides workshop therapy in different areas of life including management, spiritual rehabilitation, morals, and ethics.

“The two most popular topics here are love and money,” said Joe Vangieri, Scientology Center Public Information Secretary.

With foundational religious theory stemming from L. Ron Hubbard’s Dianetics, the Center provides tools to balance the eight life survival parts of self, creativity, group, species, life-form, physical universe, spirituality and infinity with the belief that self is strongest when capable of balancing every dynamic.

According to Hubbard, man is composed of the three parts of mind, body and spirit. Dianetics deals primarily with the study of the mind divided into two sections of analytical mind and reactive mind.

Scientologists believe that it is the reactive mind that is composed of moments of pain and unconsciousness and allow a person to think and act negatively.

“When we think of a person or situation, we think in a series of pictures. By auditing the reactive mind, negative images are replaced with happiness and sanity,” said Vangieri.

Auditing also known as stress testing, is available free of charge at the Scientology Center. Counselors conduct one-on-one sessions using an e-meter; a religious artifact in the Church of Scientology.

The process of auditing identifies specific areas of aggression, trauma, pain and bad decisions in the reactive mind as a person responds to a specific list of questions. The e-meter measures a small change in electrical resistance in the body when a person is holding onto metal cans and a small current is passed through them.

“It’s an interesting approach to facing problem areas in your life,” said Fabrizia Maggi, a USF graduate student after stress testing.

The Center is open for free testing, film showings and after-school tutoring. A full course on Hubbard’s Dianetics prices at $55 while workshop therapy is $15.

For more information on scientology, visit scientology.org.

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4 Responses to “Scientology Center provides free stress-testing; a venue for self improvement”

  1. usfadvancedreporting Says:

    I have been wanting to do a story on this scientology center for a couple years now. I think an expose on the craziness would have been so interesting, but that is tough to do. I like your approach. I would just change the lede, to try and avoid the question opener.

  2. Aaron Says:

    Interesting story. I learned something new, which is always good. I didn’t see a scientology story coming. I am against the question lead. Maybe I’ll try a free test.

  3. usfadvancedreporting Says:

    Scientology is a very broad subject and this story could’ve gone lots of different ways, but I liked how you kept your focus to the stress test and didn’t wander off subject to talk about the book or scientology in general.

  4. usfadvancedreporting Says:

    Good story, but the lead was too dry.

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