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Dianetics: The Modern Science of Mental Health [Mass Market Paperback]

L. Ron Hubbard
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  • Mass Market Paperback: 676 pages
  • Publisher: Bridge Publications (CA); Reissue edition (May 1995)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 088404632X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0884046325
  • Product Dimensions: 17.5 x 10.4 x 4.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,463,924 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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22 of 26 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Brainwashing material 25 Jan 2008
Contageous mind-control manual disguised as a self-help book, do not read unless you are strong of mind and can see through it.
If it contained a shred of truth then modern psychology would have adapted the ideas. This is the basis for the cult of dianetics, and could cost you dearly.

If you must buy this book, buy it directly from Amazon and not from one of the resellers as you'll end up on a Scientology mailing list and spammed for the rest of your life. You have been warned.
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3 of 31 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Very practical 29 April 2008
I'd read a lot of books like this but I found this to be much more practical than most. I would thoroughly recommend this to anyone. I like the idea of actually being able to improve your mind & quality of life rather than just learning to live with what you've got.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Deceptively appealing to non-critical thinkers 11 Feb 2008
By Simon Drake - Published on Amazon.com
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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1.0 out of 5 stars I couldn't follow it 13 Jan 2009
By W. Jones - Published on Amazon.com
This book makes many leaps, which require an unbelievable suspense of disbelief in order to stomach. It is a self-serving pat on the back to cultists who follow this guy. And the volcano on the front cover doesn't make much sense
34 of 42 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Really 1 Oct 2010
By MondoGuy - Published on Amazon.com
My sister used to have this book on our family bookshelf. I read it once when I was young, and again recently. I still cannot find anything worthwhile here, not even in the sexy bits. Hubbard assumes that if he can make the reader think that he's more intelligent than they are, that they'll believe his pseudoscience without question. Unfortunately, his underhanded method is often successful.
56 of 74 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Plenty of more coherent works cover this material 4 Feb 2008
By brentbent - Published on Amazon.com
While this book might have been a useful resource during the nascent self-help field of the 50's at this point it is regressive garbage. I read this book several years ago while in college when it was given to me and I was exploring several other self-help books that don't require you to learn a new dianetics dictionary to understand the concepts. If Amazon existed in the the 50's I would have given the book three or four stars but for today with thousands of better written, more coherent books available there is no point in wasting your time on this.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Bad Science 6 Nov 2010
By Deep Midnight - Published on Amazon.com
With Dianetics, a highly publicized and exciting book while I was growing up (with a pretty volcano on its cover), Ive been forcing myself to remember that it was written in the 50's by a populist. In such a context, its limited contents can be appreciated. And...it worked all through its nonsensical premise that because the main purpose of all the cells in the human body is to survive, so must be the purpose of their sum. Even knowing that if a human beings purpose was to simply survive, he would find cloning more favorable than procreation, I pressed on with the book in agitation until I read the last sentence I will ever read in the book: that homosexuality is a perversion caused by engram linked aberration.

If you don't know anything about the book, the basic sub-premise is that the sum of human experience is recorded on two levels: the mind, and in the cell. The author claims that the mind is the analytical while the cell level is the reactive or emotional. In a highly assumptive sub-conclusion, the author states that the former is the correct storage while the latter is not. But not only that, but also to state that the latter should be eradicated. All normal data is stored in the former, all painful events mis-stored in the latter. Thus, the entire purpose of Scientolology is to eradicate the latter and produce an analytical machine. When such an engram is eradicated, a Clear results. Now, to say that homosexuality is equivalent to an event in magnitude to a car wreck in which your best friends head is chopped off, is an abomination of knowledge, and speaks more of the idiots who once thought homosexuality came about due to sexual abuse than it does anything scientific.

I was able to force myself to remember when this book was written all up until this point...I was able to read the book within the context with which it was written and appreciate the juvenile approach at science, even though I recognized heavy assumptions within its basic premise - which any scientist would know is the sign of ignorance - in science we do not assume and we do not profess to know - we only say there is a very good chance. But when it came to homosexuality being viewed in the Religious context instead of a scientific, that was my breaking point. For a man who claims to be scientific, his religious injections are embarrassing and speak ill of all who partake in his crazy ideas.
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