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Dianetics: The Modern Science of Mental Health

2.28  ·  Rating Details  ·  2,126 Ratings  ·  286 Reviews

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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Published November 28th 2002 by Bridge Publications, Inc. (first published January 1st 1950)
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May 30, 2008 Mike rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Just kidding...
Books Ring Mah Bell
Strolling through Barnes and Noble, I saw this book on the used rack, and picked it up out of curiosity.

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
Dec 03, 2007 Dave rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I would recommend this book to someone who enjoys writings like:

"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
Christian Lipski
Oct 29, 2007 Christian Lipski rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Everyone.
Shelves: ebooks
To better fight the enemy, know the enemy.

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
Feb 06, 2009 Kelly rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Everyone living on planet Earth!
This book changed the way I view people and myself. It explains exactly why people are the way they are and what causes us to some times act irrationally. It gives an exact technology to help us get rid of the "reactive mind" and all negative aspects of ourselves so we can once again live a rational and happy life. I've seen the miracles of this science and I'm glad to finally have read the book first hand to understand how it all works.
May 12, 2008 Dan rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: nobody
Recommended to Dan by: Brad Bennett
Shelves: igtrtsootb
I bought this book because I am reading it for a book club. Now, I am afraid eBay and are going to recommend things to me based on this purchase. So, on the the review.

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
Mar 15, 2009 Craig rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: general-fiction
He was kidding, right?
Anthony Ventrello
By far, one of the most important books that I have ever read in my life. I would have to say that at first I was a little initimated by it because of its length. However, after I got started I learned a lot more about myself and why I am the way that I am. Anyone who has read this book and has not been changed in some way shape or form, is simply not a normal person. This is one of those books that will change your life.

Any Scientologist will tell you that this book is a stepping-stone to many
Jul 16, 2013 ChunderHog rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
While no one can deny that Tom Cruise's life has really taken off since starting up scientology, I don't like the use of the word "Dianetics". Just because Hubbard's wife, Diane, became an android after her death, doesn't mean that the rest of us want to hear about it.
Jan 16, 2008 Gary rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: non-fiction
Reading it made me high.
Feb 21, 2008 Logan rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: noone
I flipped through it to see what it was about. Here is a good quote by Robert Carroll regarding the book.

"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
Mar 09, 2009 Josh rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
In a word: Tripe.
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
Ann A
Jan 04, 2009 Ann A rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I originally read this book in 1978. I realized while reading it why I was doing street drugs and completely quit. I also realized why I was having so much trouble with relationships. I am so glad that part of my life is over and I've never regretted it for a second! I've now remained drug free, have been married 26 years to the same wonderful man, have 2 children both now adults and living very well on their own. My quality of life changed so much with this book that I want to share it with oth ...more
Christa McNally
WAIT! I'm serious: Read this and LAUGH. If you have ever questioned the origin of religion, or the power of brainwashing: READ THIS BOOK! I started to read it out of sheer curiosity, then became fascinated by the number of "tear-out" sign-up slips that litter every-other chapter. Honestly: cult applications. It's SCARY, but REAL. There is confirmation that JRR Tolkein and LRonHubbard INVENTED these middle-earths: Elron/LRon...get it? REAL people pay to be CLEARED. Save yourself from the rest: Re ...more
Mar 15, 2009 Oogmar rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Rambling, illogical, fantastical, and a total mess.

I'd only recommend this to somebody who wants to know more about how batshit insane Scientology is. Other than that, don't bother.
May 20, 2011 Zsolt rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Thus far it makes sense. This is not an easy read considering the plethora of new words that my ESL studies did not cover in the past. Fortunately I found an awesome reference in the Basic Study Manual that helps me speed up my study progress. This book was way ahead its time and half century later the majority of the people still ridicule it like people ridiculed Galileo Galilei who stated the Earth is not flat.
The more negative opinion I see about this book the more it reinforces its value to
Otto Lehto
The reviews here are largely based on the bipolar division into the scientology apologists, on the one hand, and the anti-scientology bigots, on the other hand. I consider myself neither.

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
Sharon Graves
Jan 17, 2008 Sharon Graves rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book answered many questions for me. It helped me sort out my life and begin to take control. If you are having trouble with anything in your life, this book can help.
Kelly Flynn
Feb 15, 2009 Kelly Flynn rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book is worth reading because 1)it's an interesting read, and 2) it's nice to learn about something that is somewhat prevalent in the news (Scientology). I know Scientology has gotten a lot of bad press lately, but I think the book can stand on its own as a good read. The book claims a lot, especially as it concerns healing the mind to the point where you don't get sick, your vision improves, and your memory jumps through the roof. These claims are a weak part of the book, but at least they ...more
I swear I tried to read this book. I plodded through the unnecessary definitions and steps of Dianetics. I learned that we should all be working to achieve "clear". Honestly, at first I thought the book was just going to be a rip off of Eastern religion with some nice buzzwords thrown in for followers to chant as their new mantras. I pretty much laughed my ass off, though, when the book told me that 70% of man's ills are psychosomatic. I laughed till I cried when I read that we can remove the va ...more
I picked up Dianetics in an effort to understand more about American religions. Did I read all 500+ pages? Was I thoroughly fascinated? Am I ready for my e-meter reading? Yes, yes, and no.

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
May 14, 2007 Tom marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
This looks creepy as fuck. Scientologists are everywhere here in Hollywood. Aliens, Tom Cruise, brainwashing, stalking; it's all good clean fun....
Dey Martin
At the time of my reading I was eighteen and this book really engrossed me. I really liked it. I was not looking for any religion and certainly didn't take away that's what was being pitched. I never attend any indoctrinations and didn't go become a Scientologist after reading it. In 1972-3 my father was involved in EST and was on a quest to find his center and to shed all of his stored up bullshit. We kids - my two brothers and I - were required to visit a family therapist where all of us - alo ...more
Tom Croom
I was raised Roman Catholic as a child. Years of nuns and private schools armed me with ammunition needed to argue the Christian religion with an informed opinion. I make a big deal about this because I CAN'T STAND people who defend OR chastise religion without actually having researched it beyond "that's what I was told in church."

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.

Aug 27, 2008 Wolfie rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book actually pretty much saved my life when I was young and going off the right course morally and otherwise. My life would not be today what it is had I not read and applied what's in this amazing book. What really hit home to in this book over other self-help books, is that it is so well researched and scientific. It is not airy-fairy and full of maybes. It is full of researched facts that anyone can go and try out for him/herself.
One of a few books I didn't finish, but feel I read enough of to qualify for this list. (See my "read-about-half-and-then-quit" bookshelf.) As odd and ultimately pointless as you'd expect any UFO cult's bible to be. I picked it up out of curiosity in the 1980s, and -- to be fair to the author and his followers -- only read half of it before throwing in the towel. The first half seemed to say that all of my problems could be understood, and then solved, by understanding them as "ingrams" (do I ha ...more
Apr 16, 2011 Nick rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Giving Dianetics 3 stars was a political move. I think most of the 1 star ratings are reactionally based on Tom Cruise and South Park rather than the books content. This aside, I probably would have given it 2 stars. It was long and not terribly exciting, but Hubbard was bringing something to the table.

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
Feb 18, 2011 James rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A Bit of Background:

The year 2010 marks the Sixtieth year of publication of Dianetics. Clearly, you want the new edition. This entry is'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.

Dwayne Ackley
Jan 10, 2009 Dwayne Ackley rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
This book sucks. I read it a 7 years ago when I was struggling to figure out my own faith, and this book didn't help, hurt, or nurture anything. It's just a useless jumble of facts that didn't connect for me and a very strange naming convention that makes every historical figure in this religion sound like something out of Battlestar Gallactica. Reading this is kind of like asking a four year old to explain the backstory to "The Phantom Menace". Having said all that, I still like "Jerry Maguire" ...more
Carl Neumann
Apr 17, 2015 Carl Neumann rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Wonderful book. Changed my life. Using the Dianetics techniques I no longer have chronic pain in my back--it's been 22 years since I broke it. I've been pain-free for 17 years. It was 17 years ago I discovered Dianetics. I'm a miracle story. Highly recommended.
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L. Ron Hubbard was a popular pulp writer of science fiction, fantasy, adventure, mysteries and westerns during the 1930s and later founder of Dianetics and Scientology.

Known Pseudonyms:
Frederick Engelhardt
Kurt von Rachen
Rene LaFayete/Rene La Fayette/René Lafayette
Frankie Rohne
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