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  • Paperback: 680 pages
  • Publisher: New Era Publications International APS; 1st Edition 1st Printing edition (1 Nov. 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 8779897711
  • ISBN-13: 978-8779897717
  • Product Dimensions: 15.8 x 4.5 x 23.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (103 customer reviews)
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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

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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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271 of 312 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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84 of 110 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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8 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Carrie on 6 Mar. 2015
Format: Paperback
Why would someone even read this crap,Not only is this book brainwashing material>This cult should not even be allow to publish a book.IN my eyes DAVID KORESH WAS MORE SANE THEN L RON HUBBARD is at all
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67 of 93 people found the following review helpful By andy on 6 Sept. 2009
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this is a work of fiction masquerading as science.

do not be fooled.
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29 of 42 people found the following review helpful By Peter Reeve VINE VOICE on 5 Jan. 2009
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What exactly is this book? Is it, as it purports to be, a manual of psychotherapy? Or is it, as Scientologists seem to believe, Holy Scripture? If the former, it should be updated periodically, in light of new research. If a doctor stood at my hospital bed perusing the 1858 edition of Gray's Anatomy, I would worry. Or is the original text of Dianetics inerrant, being the result of divine revelation? If so, they should say so, and drop the pretence of scientific rigour.

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.
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