Dianetics: The Modern Science of Mental Health Paperback – Nov 1 2007
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Dianetics can remove the aberrations which make man a selfish and anti-social creature.... It holds hope that man may at last dispense with the ugly institution of war, because wars are the end product of social aberrations at the national level... Dianetics can rectify the mental short circuits which bring accidental death, can increase longevity, minimize the pain of child-bearing and present mankind with vast new intellectual vistas... Los Angeles Daily News --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.
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L. Ron HubbardThere are only two tests of a life well lived L. Ron Hubbard once remarked: Did one do as one intended? And were people glad one lived? In testament to the first stands the full body of his life's work, including some 12,000 writings and 3,000 tape-recorded lectures of Dianetics and Scientology. In evidence of the second are the hundreds of millions of individuals whose lives have been demonstrably bettered because he lived. They are the more than 28 million students now reading superlatively owing to L. Ron Hubbard's educational discoveries; they are the millions of men and women freed from substance abuse through L. Ron Hubbard's breakthroughs in drug rehabilitation; they are the near 100 million who have been touched by his nonreligious moral code: and they are the many millions more who hold his work to be the spiritual cornerstone of their lives. Although best known for Dianetics and Scientology, L. Ron Hubbard cannot be so simply categorized. If nothing else, his life was too varied, his influence too broad. There are tribesmen in Southern Africa, for example, who know nothing of Dianetics and Scientology, but they know L. Ron Hubbard the educator. Likewise, there are factory workers in Albania who know him only for his administrative discoveries; children in China who know him only as the author of their moral code, and readers in dozens of languages who know him only for his novels. So, no, L. Ron Hubbard is not an easy man to categorize and certainly does not fit popular misconceptions of "religious founder" as an aloof and contemplative figure. Yet the more one comes to know this man and his achievements, the more one comes to realize he was precisely the sort of person to have brought us Scientology, the only major religion to have been founded in the twentieth century. What Scientology offers is likewise what one would expect of a man such as L. Ron Hubbard. For not only does it provide a fully unique approach to our most fundamental questions--Who are we? From where did we come and what is our destiny? But it further provides an equally unique technology for greater spiritual awareness. So how would we expect to characterize the founder of such a religion? Clearly, he would have to be larger than life, attracted to people, liked by people, dynamic, charismatic and immensely capable in a dozen fields--all exactly L. Ron Hubbard. The fact is, if Mr. Hubbard had stopped after only one of his many accomplishments he would still be celebrated today. For example, with 46 million works of fiction in circulation, including such monumental bestsellers as Battlefield Earth, Fear and the Mission Earth series, Mr. Hubbard is unquestionably one of the most acclaimed and widely read authors of all time. His novels have earned some of the world's most prestigious literary awards, and he has very genuinely been described as "one of the most prolific and influential writers of the twentieth century." His earlier accomplishments are similarly impressive. As a barnstorming aviator through the 1930s he was known as "Flash" and broke local records for sustained glider flight. As a leader of expeditions, he is credited with conducting the first complete Puerto Rican mineralogical survey under United States protectorship and his navigational annotations still influence the maritime guides for British Columbia. His experimentation with early radio direction finding further became the basis for the Long Range Navigational system (Loran). And, as a lifelong photographer, his works have been displayed in galleries on two continents, with the definitive body of his photographs in traveling and permanent exhibits still drawing tens of thousands every year. Among other avenues of research, Mr. Hubbard developed and codified an administrative technology that is utilized by more than 200,000 organizations worldwide, including multinational corporations, charitable bodies, political parties, schools, youth clubs and every imaginable small business. Likewise Mr. Hubbard's internationally acclaimed educational methods are utilized by more than a hundred thousand educators, while his equally acclaimed drug rehabilitation program has proven at least five times more effective than similarly aimed programs. Yet, however impressive these figures, no measure of L. Ron Hubbard is complete without some appreciation of what became his life's work: Dianetics and Scientology. The world's most effective force for positive change, the Church of Scientology represents spiritual freedom for millions of people the world over. They come from every walk of life, every culture and every strata of society. Moreover, when one is speaking of L. Ron Hubbard's discoveries relating to the human mind and spirit, one is ultimately speaking of the philosophic foundation of all he accomplished: better education, crime-free cities, drug-free campuses, stable and ethical organizations and cultural revitalization through the arts--all this and more is made possible because of the breakthroughs in Dianetics and Scientology.
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This book of course laid the groundwork that led to the establishment of that form of amateur regressive psycho- and hypnotherapy using simplified lie detectors that has come to be known as $cientology. Let us not confuse ourselves for one second that this is a religion or has anything to do with spirituality. Members are NOT parishioners, and do NOT worship. A more apt description would be that the members are patients attending amateur, pseudo-scientific psychotherapy sessions. The famed E-meter of course measures physiological reactions, and as criminals are able to learn how to fool lie detectors by being asked and answering the same question enough times, so $cientology essentially trains people not to react physiologically to negative impulses from the past.Read more ›
Perhaps the most disturbing example is on page 195, wherein Mr. Hubbard discusses the Zulu tribe of Africa. According to Mr. Hubbard, the Zulu would escape his "reactive data" if he were moved out of his "restimulative" area and taught English. But left in his native habitat, a "Zulu is only outside the bars of a madhouse because there are no madhouses provided by his tribe."
This could be dismissed as an anomaly if there weren't several other examples of this kind of frightening generalization. For example, on page 149 Mr. Hubbard asserts that homosexuals can be shown to have either overdeveloped or underdeveloped genitalia.
The book is ludicrous scientifically, and a nightmare as a piece of social commentary. Avoid.
A little while ago I tried to help a friend who was fatigued all the time, was hating her job - being pressured by her boss among other things - and not getting things done, stacks of papers piling up in her home etc... Before this time as I understand it she was vibrant, productive etc..
At first I tried to "talk" to her about her problems, being a good listener. She would experience some relief and thanked me for listening. but would not really improve.
I was about that time studying the basic text on how to apply Dianetics to an individual to unburden them.
The funny thing is because of what followed, I gained a better certainty that this method was different from others and actually must be scientific in at least some respects.
I at first took her into a session of using this and didn't make much progress.
I discovered when reviewing the material on how exactly to do it that what I had applied as the technique and what the actual exact method was, was a little off...a bit off but on a very important point.
We went back into session applying the correct method of unburdening and she made good, actually amazing progress. We unburdened much that session. She left the session saying that she felt lighter as well as with other indications of progress.
I gave her in total about 25 hours or so of it over the course of about 3 weeks. She was very satisfied with the results.
We were having dinner with one of her friends and she had said to her that every day she had cried, had a pain in the pit of her stomach and that now for the first time in longer than she could remember the pain was gone. Until this time I had not known all this. It was a nice thing to hear to say the least.
The video, which outlines very simply the Dianetic techniques was also very helpful in helping me to easily learn how to do this work on her.
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The theory of Dianetics and the subsequent establishment of $cientology can best be understood as a product of its times, the 1950s. Read morePublished on Jan. 8 2014 by Michael
The year 2010 marks the Sixtieth year of publication of Dianetics. Clearly, you want the new edition. This entry is Amazon.com's older paperback. Read morePublished on Dec 27 2013 by Critic's Corner
Dianetics: The Modern Science of Mental HealthAn impressionable person might think that some of what is written in this book is true. Read morePublished on June 11 2012 by Granfalloon
Pseudo techno babble for the hard of thinking. What a great way to fleece the chumps of their cash. The author is a modern day snake oil salesman, preying on the gullible and... Read morePublished on Nov. 20 2009 by Ghost Dog
Ron, I tried. I bought the first 2 Scientology books, and the first 3 Dianetics books. My objectives were education, research, and scholarship based, along with a healthy dose of... Read morePublished on Nov. 2 2009 by Jason A. Martin
Nobody has rated any of the 170+ five-star ratings useful at the time of this writing. They all say basically the same thing, and they contradict what the reviews rated useful say... Read morePublished on July 17 2009 by SeaHen
Don't waste your time with that book, instead, read Battlefield Earth.(It will be more useful for your mental health)Published on May 16 2009 by gilles
What exactly is this book? Is it, as it purports to be, a manual of psychotherapy? Or is it, as Scientologists seem to believe, Holy Scripture? Read morePublished on Dec 20 2008 by Peter Reeve
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