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

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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: 17.8 x 11.5 x 3.1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 2.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (72 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,720,736 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 an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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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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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Davey on 13 July 2014
Format: Paperback
I was 'involved' in Scientology for a time, and have regretted it ever since.. I read about half of this book as it is largely impenetrable due to L Ron Hubbard's poor and chaotic writing style. The man was a mediocre author - none of his science fiction novels will appear on any best seller lists that you could possibly find, for instance. Most Scientologists that I spoke to admitted to never finishing the book, even though they literally idolise the author and his works (or are told they should!), and despite this being the 'bible' of their religion. I was prepared to believe some of its tenets - i.e that past events, particularly painful ones, are stored in the mind and have an effect on behaviour and even your health in the present - that is not much different to what traditional psychology says. However, personally, I found the 'therapy' side of things unhelpful, as it involves revisiting painful experiences from your past over and over again until they 'lose their sting' (presumably through utter boredom with the process) and then linking these to earlier 'similar' events. This was usually, in my experience,in the presence of complete strangers mind you, plus you are not allowed to stop until you achieve some psychological 'relief'. Thus I often ended up inventing things in my mind out of sheer frustration, or just to get the hell out of there. I'm prepared to believe that the process can give some people some transient relief from their problems, as I witnessed this. However, the whole Dianetics 'discipline' has become so embroiled within the wrapper of 'Scientology', which is so deeply alienating to most people, that the ideas in this book - some of which might have some validity - have been buried about 10 fathoms under!Read more ›
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229 of 249 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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73 of 84 people found the following review helpful By J.C.D. on 14 Oct. 2009
Format: Paperback
'Dianetics: The Modern Science of Mental Health' was first published in 1951 by American science fiction writer and part-time philosophical thinker L. Ron Hubbard. The book was an instant hit, and spawned a movement that would evolve in Scientology only a few years later in the mid-1950s. Many of the Amazon reviews are posted by people who disagree with the Church of Scientology, but who have not read the book themselves. If you want the opinion of someone who has, read on.

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.
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