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Product Details

  • Mass Market Paperback: 702 pages
  • Publisher: Bridge Publications, Inc.; English Language edition (September 1, 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 088404632X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0884046325
  • Product Dimensions: 7 x 4.5 x 1.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (462 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #353,145 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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..."
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"...the wave of interest in the subject of Dianetics which has swept the country." Publisher's Weekly
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Book Description


How can you increase your mind’s potential?

Have you ever felt like something was holding you back?

What is the source of irrational behavior?

The painful experiences of our past clearly have an effect upon our present – but to what degree and why?

That is the subject of Dianetics: The Modern Science of Mental Health, the most widely read and broadly acclaimed book ever written on the subject of the human mind. Dianetics reveals how negative experiences in your past cause your mind to depart from rational thought and behavior – without you even knowing it. What’s more, it tells you exactly how to use the precise Dianetics procedure to locate these past experiences and eliminate their negative effects.

Dianetics enables you to be your best: confident, rational, productive and creative. In other words, you can be yourself – free to enjoy life and reach your full potential. That is the goal of Dianetics.
--This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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Navy Bean
I always wondered how people could take a fiction book and make a religion out of it and after reading this, I still don't get it.
Barta
I found this book to be filled with jargon, half baked theories and bizarre assertions.
Hail, Marcabia

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1,426 of 1,553 people found the following review helpful By Hail, Marcabia on April 18, 2008
Format: Paperback
I found this book to be filled with jargon, half baked theories and bizarre assertions. Hubbard seems to only be guessing; he gives no clue as to how he arrives at any of his fantastic claims- that one can raise one's IQ, avoid accidents, pretty much eradicate any and all issues in one's life, by clearing away "engrams" created by bad experiences, including *prenatal* experiences.

In short, one will become more or less superhuman- and if not, it's because you're not doing it right- and it's this weird circular logic that makes the book impossible to take seriously. He seems to have started with some interesting borrowed ideas (regression therapy, ritual magick, etc.) and gotten extraordinarily carried away. In short, he combines older forms of psychotherapy with magical techniques and his own version of Buddhist mindfulness meditation.

This could be of limited usefulness, but I am very concerned that the book makes claims that homosexuality, infertility, etc., are 'perversions,' actual physical illnesses that can be 'cured' by Dianetics, and that ulcers and other diseases are caused by unsuccessful attempts at abortion. These are just two of the many odd medical assertions hubbard makes which could cause serious harm were one to prefer Hubbard's advice over proper medical or pychological care. Most disturbing of all, critics of Hubbard's methods are, of course, ill themselves, criminals, or worse, a frighteningly convenient idea.
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869 of 988 people found the following review helpful By Justin Anthony Knapp on February 3, 2008
Format: Paperback
Hubbard is attempting to introduce a new system of therapy in this book and as such, it is necessary that he take pains to write in a particularly lucid and precise style; this is not the case. This book rambles on for far too long in many places, introduces concepts out-of-step with their field in a brash manner that is not thoughtful, and does not sufficiently refute its interlocutors. It is also hard to tell how seriously the author himself takes these theses in the course of his writing. As a piece of rhetoric, self-help, or literature, this is a failure. Also, I can only speculate on why there is a bursting volcano on the cover; this makes the book less credible and more sensational in my opinion.

-JAK
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866 of 1,010 people found the following review helpful By James Choma VINE VOICE on February 25, 2008
Format: Hardcover
L. Ron Hubbard has been grossly underestimated as a writer of Science Fiction. He is possibly one of the greatest fiction writers of the 20th century. With "Dianetics," Hubbard has been able to weave a complex, believable tale of the science of the mind, essentially forming the basis for what would come to be taken to be a religion. How many other Science Fiction writers have done something of that magnitude with such far reaching effects? Darn few.

"Dianetics" made an early appearance in the magazine "Astounding Science Fiction" back in May of 1950. It garnered a lot of press and created a buzz that eventually garnered the attention of a wider audience.

Hubbard created a whole mythology around himself. It is said he was a bronco buster at the age of three, a teenage explorer, a blood brother of the Blackfeet Indians of Montana, a Nuclear Physicist, and a World War II hero, among other things. But above all, he was a writer of pulp Science Fiction.

Interestingly enough, there's plenty of documention that many of the ideas put forth in this book are not original. Many may not be aware that at the root of Dianetics are the discoveries of Dr. William Sargant (a psychiatrist). Sargant's research observed post traumatic stress syndrome in World War II soldiers, leading to a cure known as Abnormal Reaction Therapy. This entailed re-experiencing traumatic events (Hubbard called these "engrams") utilizing a hypnotic (or drugged) state to confront these real or imagined items with the aid of a facilitator. If you are interested in exploring Sargant's work, his book is called "Battle for the Mind: A Physiology of Conversion and Brainwashing." There are many very close similarities between the two texts.

The key is to become "Clear.
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423 of 491 people found the following review helpful By Simon Drake on February 11, 2008
Format: Mass Market Paperback
I read this when I was young, before I had a real capacity for critical thought, and found it deceptively engaging in a rebellious "anti-establishment" kind of way. Unfortunately, close scrutiny of the text reveals hollow, unproven arguments (with citations desperately needed) leaving one walking away from the book with serious cognitive dissonance.

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277 of 332 people found the following review helpful By Amy S. Happ on November 6, 2009
Format: Paperback
There are just no words to accurately describe this book. The made up words, the crazy assertions, the babbling, the insanity. A road map of the Mojave Desert could give more insight and guidance into mental health than this book.
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199 of 238 people found the following review helpful By Brendan E. White on September 13, 2008
Format: Paperback
This is a poorly written book. Jargon is introduced for no reason other than to confuse the reader into thinking the book is deeper than it is. The book makes a miriad of claims but does not support them in what anyone would consider a remotely accurate manner.
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196 of 235 people found the following review helpful By Anonymous on May 1, 2005
Format: Paperback
Dianetics argues that the sources of human suffering are stored in 'engrams' in the 'reactice mind' - complete recordings, down to the accurate detail, of every perceptual experience. It also describes the way to rid yourself of these 'engrams' as a process called 'clearing'. It sounds reasonable until you dig deeper into Dianetics and Scientology (the Church of Scientology).

I bought 'Dianetics' in 1998 from a street recruiter from the Church of Scientology (L. Ron Hubbard was the founder of the 'Church'). 'Dianetics' is an entry point into the 'Church' of Scientology - a blend of pseudo-psychotherapy, religion and science fiction which has bankrupted hundreds of people and led to some suicides (see Time Magazine, 6th May 1991). You can find scientologist recruiters on city streets everywhere. A popular trick (used on me) is to ask - survey style - "if you could change three things in your life, what would they be". Scientologists call this 'finding your ruin', i.e. a weakness or problem they can hook into. Alternatively, they use a 'personality (or 'stress') questionnaire' - with no scientific basis and no demonstrated psychometric validity (i.e. never validated in a scientific peer-reviewed journal). The Scientologist wrote my three answers down and mentioned a book which could help - 'DIANETICS'. I was taken to a basement beneath a pub, which was full of the books, and others by the Author Ron Hubbard, the founder of the Church of Scientology. I am a psychologist - not stupid - but was then persuaded due to my interest in psychology. I bought the book for 6 pounds, and was asked to give my name and address, in order to send out a "receipt".
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