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Tom Cruise: Scientology Helped Me

July 11, 2003 GMT

NEW YORK (AP) _ Tom Cruise said he learned to overcome his learning disability through Scientology.

``When I was about 7, I had been labeled dyslexic,″ he told People magazine for its July 21 issue. ``I’d try to concentrate on what I was reading, then I’d get to the end of the page and have very little memory of anything I’d read. I would go blank, feel anxious, nervous, bored, frustrated, dumb.″

After ``Top Gun″ came out in 1986, Cruise became a Scientologist and discovered the ``Study Technology″ the religion’s founder, L. Ron Hubbard, developed in the 1960s.


``I realized I could absolutely learn anything that I wanted to learn,″ Cruise said.

Now the 41-year-old actor is a founding board member of the Hollywood Education and Literacy Project, a nonprofit group that uses Hubbard’s teaching techniques in a secular setting.

``I don’t want people to go through what I went through,″ Cruise said. ``I want kids to have the ability to read, to write, to understand what people are saying to them, to be able to solve life’s problems.″