back in 1972 ...
I took a quite mentally insecure girlfriend to the *church* of scientology / scamology center in Orange County, California .. I too was curious and had read the Dienetics book earlier .. went through thier initial *evaluation*, which basicly was them cruely insulting you and showing how that stressed you ( DUH! ) via a crude lie detector type device
being a reasonable mature, well-adjusted, well-educated young man, I recognised CoS as a dangerous scam ... my GF was in tears and close to a mental breakdown after the session
they do prey on weak and mentally upset people, and thier answer to *your* problems is basicly, getting you hooked into a not-too-clever MLM scheme with a product that does more harm than good
there are 2 kinds of people in the world, those that know right from wrong, and pitchmen ..
CoS are pitchmen, more or less enticing recruits with promises of $$$$$ as they move up in thier MLM scheme to sell a fake *religion* invented by a poor science FICTION writer ... so bad a science fiction writer there is little or no attempt to incorporate science fact, or even incorporate any shown-to-be-useful mental health elements to help anyone .. other than the participants can now identify with a *special*, *superior* group with *secret* knowledge, something *bigger* than themselves .. which would be 'ok' if Scientology wasn't 97.4% pure bunk
I went with an open mind, at 19 years old and saw, logically and scientifically that Scientology was a marketing driven scam preying on the neurotic and emotionally disturbed
now there is an element of this in all religion, and indeed those who's life is not going well tend to gravitate to religious and/or cultist groups for *answers* to thier misery .. the difference with CoS is that they seek out and then take advantage of those in mental misery, and any *care* they give is directly related to a member's success and/or promotional value in the MLM pay-to-play scam