Dianetics: The Modern Science of Mental Health
Containing discoveries heralded as greater than the
wheel or fire, Dianetics has remained a bestseller
for more than 50 years. And with over 20 million
copies in print, generating a movement that spans
virtually every country on Earth, it’s indisputably
the most widely read and influential book ever written about
the human mind.
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Funniest thing I have ever skimmed.
I love how L. Ron felt the need to define words throughout the book. Words like idyllic, procreate, tome, pallid and testosterone. What does he think of his readers to have to define such challenging words? Perhaps they are not intelligent enough to use a dictionary.
I laughed out loud at this:
Coitus Chain, lover. First incident, embryo... all painful b ...more
"The potential value of an individual or a group may be expressed by the equation
PV = ID^x
where I is Intelligence and D is Dynamic. The worth of an individual is computed in terms of the alignment, on any dynamic, of his potential value with optimum survival along that dynamic. A high PV may, by reversed vector, result in a negative worth as in some severely aberrated persons. A high PV on any dynamic assures a high worth only in th ...more
The funniest blend of hypnosis and psychoanalysis to come along in a good long while. Hey guys, it's a science! And by science we mean a collection of information about a thing. To explain the workings of the brain we've made up some anthropomorphic devices that remove any blame for misdeeds committed. You can see more concepts being invented in the author's mind as the book goes on, as if the whole work were a stream of consciousness exercise. It's har ...more
This book is worthless. It's poorly written, disorganized, absolutely not science, and a pipe dream of a self-help process. That anyone was enticed to make use of it, not to mention actually got anything out of it is beyond my understanding. There are no new concepts of "self-help" or psychology in this book. It is just r ...more
Any Scientologist will tell you that this book is a stepping-stone to many ...more
The more negative opinion I see about this book the more it reinforces its value to ...more
"What Hubbard touts as a science of mind lacks one key element that is expected of a science: empirical testing of claims. The key elements of Hubbard's so-called science don't seem testable, yet he repeatedly claims that he is asserting only scientific facts and data from many experiments. It isn't even clear what such "data" would look like. Most of his data is in the form of anecdotes and ...more
This book contains fabrications, inventions, unsubstantiated claims and outright falsehoods.
It is the beginning of what, probably, started out as L.Ron Hubbard's conscious plan to start a cult based on himself, on his grandiose intellectual fantasies, and on his not-inconsiderable skills as a prose writer and ar ...more
In two words: Utter Tripe
In three or more: Utter and Complete Tripe
A better title would have been "Dianetics: The Modern Science of the Mentally Unstable" or "Ways In Which I Show I Have No Idea What I Am Talking About" by L. Ron Hubbard. His science fiction was and always will be terrible, and I include this bunk in that pile, though to use the word "science" at all is overly misleading. At no point are the methods for these "scientific facts" ever mentioned or brought up. This ...more
The facts are the facts: engrams and cellular memeries do exist and effect how our bodies and mind work. If in doubt, consider that Nobel Prize winning scientist, Ivan Petrovich Pavlov conducted research in the field. ...more
This review is mostly about the rhetoric of scientology and why (in my opinion) it is so persuasive.
The actual book looks like a cross between a scientific reference book and scripture. The layout allows for quick reading and contains a glossary of terms and a short section on Dianetics and L. Ron in the news ...more
In short, this is just another type of psychoanalytic therapy. Countless equivalent models are well respected, used and offer great benefit. Granted there are a few untraditional concepts, but I r ...more
I was made to read the entire Bible when I was growing up.
Today I don't prescribe to any specific religion. I believe what I believe and that is good enough for me.
The year 2010 marks the Sixtieth year of publication of Dianetics. Clearly, you want the new edition. This entry is Amazon.com's older paperback. Get this one instead: Dianetics: The Modern Science Of Mental Health (English); Or better yet, get the book & audio kit: Dianetics: The Modern Science of Mental Health [With Booklet]; Or get the video presentation of how it works: Dianetics Self-Improvement Package; Dianetics: A Visual Guidebook to the Mind - L. Ron Hubbard.
But it is not a book to be skimmed through. Take it slowly and carefully and you will get to understand it. You won't get anything out of it if you burn through it in a couple of hours or try to read it with fixed ideas.
The negative comments on this site come from people who didn't do the above things.
If you want to find out about the mind, this is the book to read.
Kurt von Rachen
Rene LaFayete/Rene La Fayette/René Lafayette