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Dianetics: The Modern Science of Mental Health Mass Market Paperback – 1 May 1995


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  • Mass Market Paperback: 676 pages
  • Publisher: Bridge Publications (CA); Reissue edition (1 May 1995)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 088404632X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0884046325
  • Product Dimensions: 17.8 x 11.5 x 3.1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (95 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,784,227 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... --Los Angeles Daily News --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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The word Dianetics comes from the Greek dia, meaning "through"
and nous, meaning "soul", and is defined as "what the soul is doing to the
body." Dianetics is a methodology which can help alleviate unwanted
sensations and emotions, irrational fears and psychosomatic illnesses
(illnesses caused or aggravated by mental stress). It is most accurately
described as what the soul is doing to the body through the mind. The mind
is basically a communication and control system between the person and his
environment. It is composed of mental image pictures, which are recordings
of past experiences. The individual uses his mind to pose and solve
problems related to survival and to direct his efforts according to these
solutions. What is the Reactive Mind? The reactive mind is the portion of a
person's mind which works on a totally stimulus-response basis, which is
not under his volitional (willing) control, and which exerts force and the
power of command over his awareness, purposes, thoughts, body and actions.
The source of any negative emotion, attitude or feeling is fully revealed
in Dianetics. The causes of a person's feelings of grief or loss are buried
in the person's reactive mind, able to influence and control the person.
Dianetics technology guides a person through his or her reactive mind to
locate -- and permanently eradicate -- the actual source of the upset. With
the cause of the upset handled, the person is once more able to live a
happy, healthy life.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Charlie on 13 Feb. 2015
Format: Paperback
I read this book a few years ago; after hearing both the unbelievably positive and snarly negative reviews I thought I ought to give it a chance.

If you are interested in a practical handbook for the mind and answers as to what makes us tick this won't disappoint. I have read many texts on Psychology and Philosophy and found this brought a lot of clarity and insight into why we really behave the way we do and what is the true cause of irrationality.

Not only that but it teaches something called 'Auditing', a technique to relieve the burden of past painful experiences unlike any kind of therapy I have encountered: IT WORKS!

After putting it into practice I have noticed many improvements. The one I couldn't believe was that it cleared up my debilitating case of eczema that I had had for years through an understanding of something called 'Psychosomatic Illness' which they say account for 70% of physical illness.

So whether out of curiosity of L. Ron Hubbard and Dianetics or your own self-development it is definitely worth a read!
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Gabor Toth on 31 Jan. 2015
Format: Paperback
I have read this book a number of times and I can totally understand why it is called "the most popular book on the mind!"
It is a relatively easy to read book and covers the entire subject of the mind and gives a technique how to improve areas one wants to improve.
The book was released in 1950 and since millions have used it - including me.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By LisaBlc on 28 Jan. 2015
Format: Paperback
It honestly took me quite some time to read this book, and not only because I am not a native English speaker. But once I had really studied it, boy did it make sense! I started recognising different situations in my own life, and suddenly they made sense! I have also had some of the counselling being spoken about in the book (called "auditing") and they brought about huge reliefs, with those particular problems no longer bugging me! I look forward to my continuing journey :)
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236 of 269 people found the following review helpful By Anonymous on 12 May 2008
Format: Hardcover
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'). Luckily, I only wasted 6 pounds. '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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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Mrs. Dominique Cook on 13 Feb. 2015
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Helped me a lot to understand what was going on with me and others. Made a lot of sense to me when I read it. I've used it since many times and will continue using it.
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I really like this book, if you're smart enough to really read and understand the mental, medical and coined terms used in this text you'll find you can get a huge amount out of this book. The amount of research (over 10 years of independent research) that went into this book, the staggering amount of data you can gain from this text and the awe inspiring concepts on the human mind (not just the brain) will leave you not only with a full conceptual understanding but also wondering how anyone could ever get the two confused after knowing this book has been around and winning awards for so many years and also how anyone could try and disprove something that has been so thoroughly proven time and time again. I have been very impressed with this body of work and completely understand how Mr. Hubbard came to the conclusions he did and fully understand how and why he continued his research, any logical, sane person would do the same.
This book answers so many questions I had about the mind, about peoples responses to situations and the way they handle grief, joy, relationships, children and life that once I stared reading I didn't want to stop. If you want to understand yourself, people and society, you want to read all of this book.
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