The traditional mind/body duality, the mental and the physical, is extended in Scientology by the addition of the thetan as distinct from the mind.

The mind is often divided into two parts:

The analytical mindEdit

The part of the mind that thinks analytically, that is self-aware. In other words, it is the pc, the individual. Which makes this a distinction without a difference, which is confusing.

The term analytical mind was first used before LRH had separated out the thetan from the other parts of man, and is a holdover from those times. It is a misnomer, but convenient in explaining the subject to new people as it sidesteps the problem of introducing the concept of thetan to someone who might reject it.

The reactive mindEdit

This is (or will be) a full article about reactive mind. For the short glossary entry, see here.

The reactive mind is where data is stored when the analytical mind is unable to take in the data. This happens when a person is unconscious by reason of alcohol, injury, drugs or exhaustion. While a person is in this state, everything he or she hears, sees, touches etc. and any pain felt is recorded in the reactive mind as an engram.

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