- Mass Market Paperback: 676 pages
- Publisher: Bridge Publications (CA); Reissue edition (May 1995)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 088404632X
- ISBN-13: 978-0884046325
- Product Dimensions: 10.5 x 2.5 x 17.5 cm
- Average Customer Review: 3.4 out of 5 stars See all reviews (110 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,414,993 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Dianetics: The Modern Science of Mental Health Mass Market Paperback – May 1995
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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 Audio CD edition.
From the Publisher
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.
--This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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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".Read more ›
I had previously read that he was a fraud, liar and hypocrite but stubbornly believe in making my own mind up, especially when it is something that the mainstream disapprove of. I should have saved money and time by taking other(many) people's word for one instead of reading this.
It is the hypocrisy that stays with the reader most, and leaves you wanting to run into the nearest 'Church' of Scientology and scream "Are you all stupid? This is just psychology(and philosophy) with a different name. Why are you falling for it"
To add insult to injury, it isn't even well written.
Let me first say that this review is genuine. I've read the book, and I was also a member of the Church of Scientology and a member of staff at one of their missions. I can tell you exactly what this book is about and speculate with some accuracy where it leads people. 'Dianetics' is one of the most interesting books published in the 20th century, but not for entirely wholesome reasons. If anyone should choose to read the book, they need to be fully aware of the accuracy of its claims, and should not go blindly in search of the elevated states of being it promises.
Many people's first experience of Dianetics comes after wandering into a Church of Scientology building or possibly being accosted by a Scientology stress tester (you won't find the word 'Scientology' anywhere in their displays or literature, but that's who they are). Usually, a punter is hooked up to an 'E-Meter' which WILL indicate that a great deal of stress is present. The tester will then point out that 'Dianetics' can help. Some people buy a copy, many do not. A wise move would be to forget the whole thing and go on with your life, but if you must read the book, pick it up off Amazon for a tiny fraction of the £15 Scientology UK charges for it.
The book is comprised of Hubbard outlining his 'discoveries' regarding the human mind.Read more ›
do not be fooled.
As an example of outmoded thinking, we learn (on page 152 in the 2002 edition, for example) that the homosexual is a 'pervert' who is 'actually quite ill physically'.
What are we to make of a theory that states that psychological disorders can arise from the fetus - or even the fertilized egg, the zygote - overhearing and recording conversations from the outside world? An example given is of a husband beating his pregnant wife while shouting, "You've got to take it!" The poor child that results will grow up to be a kleptomaniac ('You've got to take it'. Geddit?).
If dialogue can be so destructive to the unborn, perhaps we need a new movie rating of FU, for 'Fetus Unfriendly'.
In fact, the theory goes even deeper into absurdity. We are told that "it is not true that emotion gets into the child through the umbilical cord...Emotion comes on another (more electrical than physical) type of wave...Therefore, anyone who is emotional around a pregnant woman is communicating that emotion straight into the child." 'Straight into' you notice, like some sort of radio transmission. Believe that and you'll believe anything.
Here's another: "It may be that a patient is urgent in her insistence that her father raped her...Large numbers of insane patients claim this. And it is perfectly true.Read more ›
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The most important book I've ever bought.it explains why do we behave the way we do,and explains much much more. It's a must! Read morePublished 1 month ago by Y. Mcmillan
A very interesting subject Scientology , however its an deer hobby ! Am not a Scientologist just interested in it and even though it has many critics each to their own i say .Published 2 months ago by Left in Front
I know they say some great minds are insane. This bloke is just daft. Read real science instead.Published 4 months ago by Joe McIntyre
This is an extremely interesting book whether or not you are actually interested in Scientology or not. I am a student of Theology and I found this very interesting. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Bookfan2015
I love this book. I've never read a book that made me feel that the mind suddenly made sense. All the illogical actions and thoughts, all of the times of feeling your reactions or... Read morePublished 7 months ago by Leah Chalmers
Lends itself to satirisation. Big time. Read it before going to the meeting / signing up etc.Published 8 months ago by harrysboy