am 3. Juli 1999
When I got this book and started to read it my electricity went off. I continued to read with a candle!! Other than its own merits, this book turned me to understanding of important predecessors like Lucretius, Paine, Spencer, Korzybski and so on. Avail yourself of this wealth of data; believe 'critics' not, for they only want to keep you dumb.
am 20. Juli 1999
I have read Dianetics. I am a very sceptical person who has a BA in psychology. In reading this text, I fould it to be very insightful, and I have dicover through my own use of the technology contained withing its pages that it truly works. I suffered depression, anxiety, social withdrawal, and other problems in my life. In using Dianetics, I have broadened my scope and abilities of life. I recommend that everyone should read this book and try what it says for themselves!
am 3. März 1997
The book is interesting. However, those who read it should be aware that Hubbard was not a medical doctor, nor a psychiatrist, but a science fiction writer (and not a very good one, either) who, unhappy at the paltry amount of money science-fiction writers were paid in the pulp-mag days of the 1950s, announced to one of his fellow sci-fi writers that anyone who had any sense would get out of writing science fiction and start a religion because that's where the REAL money was. Apparently L. Ron Hubbard had sense enough to follow his own advice
am 23. Juli 1999
if you say Satan with a lisp it comes out Thetan. could Hubbard have been this devious?
Hubbard DID however, use implication
I'm convinced the impilcation of Dianetics is to get the mark to mock up a reactive mind...
How this Reactive Mind works is explained in grisly, pedantic, lugubrious, detail.. in Dianetecs, The Modern Science of Mental Health...
Now, after learning how this fabrication, the 'reactive mind', purportedly works. Hubbard then, uses this as the PROGRAM to trick you you into creating your reactive mind
I've been thinking about how he does it - sucks them in, sucked me in... for 20 years
And this technque of the Art of deception **just** occurred to me.
His "way out of the 'trap' " is what creates the trap. In Scn words, you continue to create the "timetrack" in order to then audit it.
Wait!...wasn't the Clear Cog basically "yeah, you made it all up anyway"?
The Clear cog is my PROOF of this CONCEPT..
The Clear Cognition being "I MOCK UP MY REACTIVE MIND" or "I MOCK UP MY BANK".
The concept of the reactive mind was fabricated..obviously... And as this *is* psychopolitical warfare, with the weapons being ideas instead of bullets, it is essential that anyone in contact with those living under the spell of L Ron Hubbard's lies, familiarize himself with these concepts so that they might articulate them at every opportunity to break these good folks, once just like you an me,
out of the trance
Instead of "scientology sucks" or Scientology is BAD... tell this to those people under the influence
It becomes "scientology sucked you in, in this way..." as described above..
After teaching you in grisly detail how this complicated fabrication is constructed, the "reactive mind" you are then tricked into creating, or "mocking up" that very same 'reactive mind'
Then you spend years getting rid of it in Scientology... Pointing out this conundrum to a scientologist would be potentially a devastating mindwarp but one which turns the powerful mechanics of the trap to our advantage
All of this can be explained in 'scientology speak' in compelling fashion..
Please use this while picketing them, and during any contact with their basically good folks who have been snookered.
Scientologists say "you can't understand it except by doing it." and some people *buy* that. . but are these the same people who believe a heroin pusher saying "trust me you won't get hooked"
Many never really understood how people can rationalize their way past this fairly blatant lie.. however this realization is dealt with by careful misdirected of attention onto many, many little details and rundowns, and actions, and clay table training, and Training Routines...etc. etc. ad nauseam
"Reality" in scientology is defined as "AGREEMENT" To maintain the apparancy of the agreement - critics must be silenced
Especially anyone who points out how the trick is done.
We are dealing with nothing more than a magic show... of global proportions..
One hell of a Trick.
Arnie Lerma Ex-deluded adherent of the global magic show
am 25. April 1998
The rating above is based mainly on the writing done by Hubbard, not so much specifically on what he wrote. Whether a person takes this seriously or not is up to that person, but as a book to sit down and read, it is below average. I read through this book in about a week, cover to cover, and think that I got a very good idea of what Hubbard was trying to say. However, there are certainly a few problems. First of all, the long chapter (200+ pages) on "Mechanisms and Aspects of Therapy" was the most unorganized jumble of information I have ever read in my entire life. If Hubbard really wrote this book within a matter of a few weeks, it shows clearly here, also pointing out that it was not edited well. It was easy to get through and read quickly, certainly a relief as I'm not sure I could have taken too much more of what he wrote.
I think that the best information given in the book falls in the Important Note, actually before the book begins, where Hubbard writes about making sure you understand the meaning to the words you are reading before you go on. It's good advice and it doesn't get any better than that in the rest of the book.
Every once in a while Hubbard made a big mistake in Dianetics. For example, while citing the numerous psychosomatic illnesses, he mentions cancer, even though he admits that it might not be psychosomatic but more research is needed. Anyone with any knowledge of what psychosomatic means and how cancer is caused in the biological regard could easily see how Hubbard had no clue about the biological cause for cancer. He also takes a good deal from Freud in a lot of the parts about psychology, before really discussing Dianetics specifically, yet he always fails to credit Freud, or any other psychologist for that matter, for what he took from them.
The chapter on Life Force really puzzled me. Hubbard seems to have thought that organisms which lived had a sort of "life force" flowing through them which enabled them to live; it was a force absent from dead organisms. Well, this force is basically energy in the form of sugars or other organic molecules. Animal cells, for instance, are able to live because they can break down glucose to form ATP, something which, when broken down, produces energy for the cell to carry out functions. Hubbard's life force is nothing more than this- dead cells simply have run out of energy they can use.
I spoke with a friend of mine (who has a masters degree in psychology) about Scientology and we came to the concensus that Hubbard was really unaware of what was going on. First, religion has, in the history of the world, always been the greatest money-making tool known to man. Hubbard realized this, presenting a good motive for Scientology. Second, stress isn't caused by engrams or any such mess. It comes when you cannot handle what is happening in your life. When you are led to realize that your problems aren't your fault or are taught to not worry about things out of your control stress will surely decrease. This is all Dianetics does. It's no miracle cure, just a way to understand that everything isn't your fault.
If you don't have a problem with stress, don't bother with Dianetics- you don't need to waste your time with it. If you're easily led on by someone spouting "miracle cures" accompanied by big diction, don't read this or you'll be helplessly pulled in by this mess. If you can take a joke and seriously decide for yourself the truth of something and are open minded to new ideas, this might be something to interest you. But understand that it's no better than anything else out there; it just give you a scapegoat for your problems.
am 13. Juni 1999
Dianetics is a masterpiece of the mechanics of the mind. Read it and you'll discover that the mind CAN be fixed when it goes wrong - and exactly how simple it is to do. This work also encompasses some of the research which led up to these discoveries. A MUST for anyone who is alive!
am 22. Juli 1999
Full of things you "always knew" but had no terms to describe. Someday, Hubbard's discoveries about the mind will be common knowledge, like gravity and the heliocentric solar system, and we'll wonder how on earth anyone ever thought the brain was the mind.
am 24. Juni 1999
This book totally changed my life forever! If you want to know how to get rid of all the painful effects that life has had on you, then you need to read this. It makes Psychology and Psychiatry look a million years old. Read it and find out for yourself
am 25. Juni 1999
I found that reading this book really helped me understand the people around me and give me some tools to work with. I had always wanted to help others and it also gave me an additional tool to do that.
am 8. Juni 2000
These auditing techniques and whatever else are nothing new. There are SOME good ideas in it, but Dianectics is psycho-babble, with borrowed psychology excersises thrown in. That's about it. One could possibly benefit somewhat from it, but please stay away from the Church of Scientology. Do not give them any personal information such as phone numbers or an address. I speak from experience, they will not leave you alone. You will be constantly hounded through phone calls and numerous letters, flyers, brochures, newspapers, etc. My mental health has not improved significantly since I read the book, nor after attending the Church's seminars. The Foundation is now a source of frustration and anger for me, as they have ignored my repeated requests to be left alone. Don't bother with it. Instead, read any other self-help book out there. Eat Healthy, take your vitamins, abstain from alcohol, excercise, take up a hobby, volunteer, raise a family, take a positive outlook, do all the things that will make your life full and complete. You don't need to buy this book or give ONE DIME to the Church of Scientology to achieve that.