Paul's Squirrel Academy

Problems of Work
Correspondence Course

I tried out this correspondence course on three people. It went fine up to the point where they had to do practicals, like walk around the block or walk around in the room touching things. For some reason, none of the three, 100% of my small pilot group, wanted to do the full practical. So I have reworded those points to make the practical steps optional. My opinion is that these practicals are very important and beneficial and it's throwing away the best part of course not to do them, but you can't enforce them on a correspondence course student.

I am not personally doing anything with this or further correspondence courses at this time. I did not look at the CofS ones before writing the POW one, so don't know if they are similar or not.

If anyone wants to print it out or use it (unchanged) they are welcome to in line with the Creative Commons License it is being issued under. It is free for anyone to use. If someone wants to charge for their time *supervising* someone on it they may do so, but they may not charge for the text of the course. In other words, don't hide the fact that the entire text is freely available on the Net although your supervision may be charged for.

Paul Adams
September 30, 2005


Paul's Squirrel Academy
PROBLEMS OF WORK Correspondence Course

Book: The Problems of Work by L. Ron Hubbard, currently published by Bridge Publications. Original publication date 1956.

Instructions: This course is based on the above book. The course is designed to be done at home. It consists of a set of questions for each chapter of the book. After studying a chapter, you should write down answers to each question, looking back over the chapter as needed. Write full answers. If the question asks for an example and it seems that there are more examples that should be given, go ahead and write the other examples too. When you have finished all the questions for that chapter, send them in to the Correspondence Course Supervisor for review and comments. You can send them by regular mail or by e-mail. They will be graded within 48 hours and the comments returned to you the same way you sent them. Keep a copy of your answers as the original will be retained by the Supervisor. If sending in by regular mail, enclose a stamped self-addressed envelope.

Remember to number the answers correctly.

The mailing address is ...

The e-mail address is ...

1. Read the Important Note near the beginning of the book.


Chapter 1: On What Does Holding a Job Depend.

1.1 Have you observed someone get a job or work that should have gone to someone else more qualified? If so, write down what happened.

1.2 Have you observed someone not being properly recognized or acknowledged for a work product they created? If so, write down what happened.

1.3 How important is work in a person's life? Why? How does this relate to your own life?

1.4 What causes insecurity? How does this relate to you?

1.5 How could one bring about security in a job? In life generally? How does this relate to you?

***Send in answers***


Chapter 2: Handling the Confusions of the Work-a-Day World

2.1 Have you observed anyone suddenly lose a job on which they depended? If so, write down what happened.

2.2 What is the definition of a confusion? Give an example from your own life of how this would apply.

2.3 What is the anatomy of a confusion? What is the essential point that makes a confusion a confusion and not just some things in fast motion, say?

2.4 What is a Stable Datum? How does it relate to a confusion? Give an example from your own life of a time when you had a confusion, then you found a stable datum with which to align the parts of the confusion, and the confusion lessened or went away.

2.5 Give an example from your own life of a time when you reduced a confusion by adopting a stable datum that you later found to be false. Did you adopt a different stable datum?

2.6 Are there any confusions in your life right now, which you could reduce by adopting a stable datum? If so, adopt a stable datum. Write down what you just did and the result.

2.7 What does certainty have to do with control? Give an example from your own life.

2.8 What is good control? What is bad control?

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Chapter 3: Is Work Necessary?

3.1 Have you ever been denied the right to work? Have you ever wanted to contribute your time and effort to some cause and not been allowed to? If so, write down what happened.

3.2 Do you know anyone who does not work? If so, how is that person's morale? If that person has worked in the past, how does his/her morale compare when working and not working?

3.3 Think of an example of a job that did not exist before it was created. Think of an example from your own life. Write down the details.

3.4 What do you think of the definition of play as "work without a purpose"? Or work as "activity with purpose"? How do these ideas align with your own observations, your own life?

3.5 Can you think of a time in your own life when you didn't really have a purpose in life? And then you did? This could be for a short period of time or a long one. If so, what happened? If so, how did you feel about life at those times?

3.6 Do you know anyone who does not seem to have a well-defined purpose in life? Do you think they could benefit from having one? Could you help them get one? If so, how?

3.7 Have you ever had a job or task to do where you could not see its purpose? How did you feel about it? If you ever found yourself in such a situation again, what could you do about it now?

3.8 Do you feel that work is a stable datum in your own life? If so, explain how it is. If not, do you think it should be or should not be? Explain your answer.

***Send in answers***


Chapter 4: The Secret of Efficiency

4.1 What is the main difference between a "worker" in an office or factory and an "executive"? Give examples from your own life.

4.2 How could you describe a good workman or a bad worker with regard to control? Give examples from your own life of this.

4.3 How could attempted control for bad or covert purposes be harmful? Have you ever observed this in your own life? If so, what happened?

4.4 Give an example of how control could be looked on as Start, Change and Stop. Give an example from your own life of a time you controlled something, pointing out the different factors of start, change and stop in that example.

4.5 Get the idea of a series of orders to move around a room, like that given in this chapter. Which of the two, your father or your mother, would you rather have give you such a series of orders?

4.6 Do you know anyone who resents being given directions on anything, even positive ones? Why do you think that might be? Do you know anyone who can cheerfully accept positive directions and carry them out?

4.7 Have you ever experienced "being controlled" by a piece of machinery? If so, describe what happened. How safe did it feel?

4.8 How does an unwanted habit fit in with the subject of control?

4.9 Give an example, preferably from your own life, of a progression from being able to stop one thing in a situation; through being able to stop others; through being able to change things; to finally being able to start some line of action. How could knowing this progression, this sequence in which to approach things in a situation, be useful to you?

4.10 What are the characteristics of someone who is fixated on starting things? ...changing things? ...stopping things? Have you ever known anyone like this? If there is someone around who is continually trying to stop things, what is a possible way (per the text) of getting around him/her?

4.11 Have you ever been involved in a work situation where the person involved did not have the authority to start, change and stop things within his sphere of operation? Would it have worked better if he had had this authority, or not? Explain your answer.

4.12 Do you know anyone whose life is full of confusion? If so, describe what it is like for you to be around this person. Would it be possible for you to help this person reduce the confusion in his/her life, even a little? Explain your answer.

4.13 How would you produce a calmness of mind concerning your own work or a task to be done? Give an example.

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Chapter 5: Life as a Game

5.1 Take a game that you are familiar with, and list down the main freedoms, barriers and purposes that make up that game.

5.2 Invent a simple game, writing out the freedoms, barriers and purposes.

5.3 List out the freedoms, barriers and purposes in some aspect of your own life. Could you look on that aspect of your life as a game? Explain your answer.

5.4 Have you ever observed someone apparently inventing opponents where he didn't have enough or causing trouble when things were maybe running too smoothly? If so, give the details.

5.5 Have you observed a group or team playing the game inside the group or team instead of against true opponents? What happened? Did this make the group or team more effective or less effective?

5.6 Should one control everything in one's environment? Explain your answer. How does this relate to your own life and your own willingness and ability to control things in your environment?

5.7 Describe the differences between the analytical mind and the reactive mind. Give an example of something that might be found in someone's reactive mind.

5.8 Think of something someone is unable to control that they ought to be able to control. How might a past failure to control a similar item, that resulted in serious injury, have transferred over to the later item?

5.9 Have you ever observed anyone with a necessity to control things rather beyond his sphere of control, things he/she should actually be leaving uncontrolled? What happened with his own job, his own area of operations? Was he/she able to properly control or leave uncontrolled things in his own area?

5.10 Imagine someone who became upset about his tools of trade, and then went through being obsessive about exerting enormous control over them and finally abandoned any control of them. Do you know anyone like that? How could such a person get over such a condition?

5.11 YOU ARE STRONGLY ADVISED TO DO THIS STEP AS WRITTEN, BUT IT IS NOT MANDATORY.
Walk around a room at home or at work--somewhere where you can comfortably do this drill--and simply touch or handle the articles of equipment and the surroundings per the text, ascertaining carefully the feel of each one, carefully locating each one with regard to the walls and other items in the room. Do this until you feel good about the room and the items in it. This may take five minutes, or it may take an hour or more. Just do the drill until you feel good about the room and the items in it. Write down what you did and anything special you noticed while doing the drill.

***Send in answers***


Chapter 6: Affinity, Reality and Communication

6.0 "Terminal" is used in this chapter to mean "A person who can receive, send or relay communications".

6.1 What is "Affinity"? Give an example. Give an example from your own life.

6.2 What is "Reality"? Give an example. Give an example from your own life.

6.3 What is "Communication"? Give an example. Give an example from your own life.

6.4 Give an example from your own life of a time when one of the three components in the ARC Triangle dropped, and the other two dropped also. Give another example. Give more if you wish.

6.5 Give an example from your own life of a time when one of the three components in the ARC Triangle rose, and the other two rose also. Give another example. Give more if you wish.

6.6 Per the text, the tone scale starts well below apathy and rises up through apathy, grief, fear, anger, antagonism, boredom, and enthusiasm to serenity, in that order, with many small stops between these tones. Have you ever observed anyone going either down or up this scale, hitting some of the points mentioned along the way? If so, write down what you noticed.

6.7 Have you ever met anyone who seemed to be below apathy generally? How did that person react when asked something? Would you like to have a person with that amount of interest and responsibility as a co-worker? Why/why not? Give detailed answers.

6.8 What connection is there between the solidity of things and the emotional tone of people? If you wanted some help moving some heavy furniture, for instance, would it be better to have someone higher on the tone scale or lower? Why? Find some examples of this principle in your own life.

6.9 Give an example from your own life, not necessarily involving yourself directly although it could, where a person might want to improve his/her ARC with another. Using the interrelationship of these three components, how might this improvement be brought about? Give a detailed answer.

6.10 What can happen in a relationship when people start having secrets from each other, and communication between them starts failing? Explain why.

6.11 YOU ARE STRONGLY ADVISED TO DO THIS STEP AS WRITTEN, BUT IT IS NOT MANDATORY.
Find some area of your life that has physical objects connected to it, where you feel you could be doing better. Touch and let go of the objects in that area, over and over and over. Do this until you have passed through the tone scale levels up to enthusiasm with regard to that area, even if this takes some hours. After completing this, how do you feel your ability is in that area now? Write down all the details.

***Send in answers***

Chapter 7: Exhaustion


7.1 Have you ever observed anyone being prevented from working when they wanted to work? If so, how did they feel? Write down the details.

7.2 YOU ARE STRONGLY ADVISED TO DO THIS STEP AS WRITTEN, BUT IT IS NOT MANDATORY.
After work or a long period of activity where your attention is continually fixing upon something, go and fix your attention elsewhere: Take a Walk. Go out and walk around the block or somewhere until you feel rested. Don't just walk around looking inward, but walk around and look at things in the outside world until you feel better. Write down the details.

7.3 YOU ARE STRONGLY ADVISED TO DO THIS STEP AS WRITTEN, BUT IT IS NOT MANDATORY.
Take a walk again, not immediately after the last one, but the next time you could be feeling better, for whatever reason. Just walk around looking at things in the outside world until you feel better. Note that per the text one will get more tired at first and will then get fresher. Write down the details.

7.4 YOU ARE STRONGLY ADVISED TO DO THIS STEP AS WRITTEN, BUT IT IS NOT MANDATORY.
Have someone else take a walk the next time they could be feeling better. Have them walk around looking at things until they feel better. Write down the details.

7.5 YOU ARE STRONGLY ADVISED TO DO THIS STEP AS WRITTEN, BUT IT IS NOT MANDATORY.
Have someone, possibly yourself, do the "Look Them Over" drill. Go to a relatively populated area like a railway station or a main street where there are a lot of people and just look them over. Simply look at people--that is all. Do it in such a way that you don't disturb them, but just look at people until one has a much kinder attitude towards them. Write down the details.

7.6 YOU ARE STRONGLY ADVISED TO DO THIS STEP AS WRITTEN, BUT IT IS NOT MANDATORY.
Have someone else do the "Look Them Over" drill when it seems like they could usefully benefit from feeling better about others. Find out how the person felt before and after doing the drill. Write down the details.

7.7 YOU ARE STRONGLY ADVISED TO DO THIS STEP AS WRITTEN, BUT IT IS NOT MANDATORY.
Find someone, possibly yourself, who works continually at one kind of job, doing the same kind of thing all day, day after day. Have that person do a totally different kind of work for some hours. Write down how they felt before and after doing the second kind of work.

***Send in answers***


Chapter 8: The Man Who Succeeds

8.1 Think of someone you know personally who studiously avoids work. Is that person generally happy? Give details.

8.2 Think of someone you know personally who pleasantly faces up to work and does it. Is that person generally happy? Give details.

8.3 Do you know anyone who just cannot work for some reason? How does this person generally feel? Give details.

***Send in answers***


Final Survey

9.1 Who has been grading this correspondence course for you?

9.2 What did you think of this correspondence course?

9.3 What did you like most about it?

9.4 What did you like least about it?

9.5 How do you think it could be improved?

9.6 Are there any other comments you would like to make?

***Please e-mail these survey answers (9.1-9.6) to Paul Adams at fzglobalguy@yahoo.com***

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