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Dianetics: The Modern Science of Mental Health Hardcover – July 14, 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
"...the wave of interest in the subject Dianetics which has swept the country." --Publishers Weekly
Dianetics has remained a bestseller for more than 50 years. And with over 20 million copies in print, generating a movement that spans over 100 nations, it’s indisputably the most widely read and influential book ever written about the human mind.
Here is the anatomy and full description of the reactive mind, the previously unknown source of nightmares, unreasonable fears, upsets and insecurities which enslave Man. This book shows you how to get rid of it, and so achieve something Man has previously only dreamed of: the State of Clear.
Among the discoveries herein:
- The Goal of Man
- The Dynamic Principle of Existence—the one word that motivates all living things
- The Four Dynamics—the drives upon which all of life is compartmented
- The Descriptic Graph of Survival—revealing one’s true potential and how to achieve it
- The discovery of and complete anatomy of the reactive mind
- The painful experiences—engrams—contained in the reactive mind which command one to act irrationally against their own wishes and goals
- The impact of prenatal engrams—what took place before you were born and how it’s influenced you ever since
- The complete Dianetics procedure to discover and eradicate these harmful experiences so they never affect you again, revealing the one person you’ve always wanted to know—you.
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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.
"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.Read more ›
However, this book was truly, literally junk.
Most books that I don't like I wind up giving to Goodwill, but after I read this book, I felt that donating it (and thus, foisting it upon an unsuspecting stranger) would be a grave disservice to my fellow man.
This is the one and only book I've ever thrown in the trash, because I truly felt that's where it belonged.
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How to live your life in a book. Saved my life. Just kidding this shat it mumbo jumboPublished 13 days ago by Amazon Customer
This book has completely changed the way I look at things! It arrived about a week ago, and I've already read the entire book. Read morePublished 15 days ago by Amazon Customer
Great book. It answered a lot of questions on why people act they way they do.Published 21 days ago by Kraphty
It's for suckers. He makes claims throughout the book that cannot be achieved. I bought my copy at a yard sale and at $.25 and I overpaid. Read morePublished 22 days ago by Granfalloon
I don't get all these negative reviews. They seem suspicious and don't seem like they used it or read the book. I read this book and actually used it. Read morePublished 29 days ago by trose
I have read this book twice in full. It appears most of the negative reviews on here hold one or more of the following points in common:
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Dianetics was a life-saving book for me to stumble upon. I am more able, happy, and feel like myself again after reading and applying Dianetics techniques. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Amazon Customer
I first read Dianetics in 1970. I had Asthma real bad and one day I stumbed on this book. I was actually looking for what life was all about and I wanted to know what the Mind had... Read morePublished 1 month ago by linda g