DIANETICS: Emotion and the Dynamics

Reference: Hubbard 1950: Dianetics TMSMH

These are some comments on the chapter “Emotion and the Dynamics” from  DIANETICS: THE MODERN SCIENCE OF MENTAL HEALTH.


Comments on
Emotion and the Dynamics

Emotion seems to be inextricably connected up with the actual force of life. When an individual’s dynamics are increasingly suppressed he descends into the emotions of hostility, anger, rage, fear, terror,  and apathy. In this range of emotions he starts to become increasing irrational and reactive in his behavior.

The life force when suppressed produces various emotions.

Under normal circumstances, perceptions get continually assimilated in the mental matrix. The inherent impulse continually running through the mental matrix becomes the response as the perceptions are assimilated. It is similar to the electrical impulse that moves through the circuits of a computer naturally without effort, and forms a response. The response from mental matrix then directs the organism in real time. This function is natural and lightening fast. The situations are assessed and acted upon based on assimilated experience. There is imagination and prediction. The necessity level is brought up, as needed, to handle the situation. Adrenalin helps. So there is learning. It is all very rational and straightforward. The emotion associated with it is calm and serene. 

Emotion breaks down in terms of the endocrine system and the surging of life force to handle the situation.

But when there are engrams hooked up into the circuits there is dimming of awareness and precipitation of reactive behavior, since the traumatic perceptions are not assimilated in the mental matrix. Not having access to the engrams, the mental matrix is forced to make projections and come up with justifications for the irrational reactive behavior. There is attention and additional effort involved to figure out the reasons. Such justifications, obviously, are approximations in the absence of the actual truth. Therefore, they corrupt the experience and pose problems for the future, generating anxiety. 

The life force that is normally calm and serene becomes agitated and turbulent In the presence of engrams.

The incidents encountered by the organism, which generate engrams are called external suppressors. These suppressors then continue to influence the organism through dramatization of the trauma and the corruption of experience. These influences then become internal suppressors that reduce the person’s ability to handle external suppressors. Thus, a dwindling spiral ensues throughout one’s life. These suppressors push the person down in the emotions of hostility, anger, rage, fear, terror, until he becomes apathetic. 

The turbulence of life force ultimately ends up in the condition of apathy.

When a person dramatizes an engram he may express the emotion of different valences in that engram. These emotions are acute as they last only for the duration of the dramatization. But underlying such outbursts is the chronic emotion of the person, which depends on the accumulated internal suppressors influencing that person.

Emotion may then be seen as a personal condition resulting from the damming of the life force.

When this dammed up life force is released in any amount there is always relief followed by laughter. Thus, laughter is the relief of painful emotion. 

A person who is calm and serene with no internal suppressors is called a “clear” in Dianetics. 

A “clear” can handle external suppressors with greater ability. He can keep himself cleared of any residual influence of trauma that he encounters. Dianetic procedure may handle some internal suppressors through an auditor, but not all, as they do not train a person to handle himself.

In Dianetics, an auditor, in the long run, introduces more complications than it resolves in another person.



The next ten axioms of Dianetics are also presented here. These axioms were put together by Hubbard to demonstrate the preciseness of Dianetics. Revisions are proposed based on consistency with Buddhism.


DN AXIOM 101: Language depends for its force upon the force which accompanied its definition. (Note: Counter-effort, not language, is aberrative.)

This encourages one to look deeply at, and meditate on, the origin of words, especially those used in the dramatization of engrams.


DN AXIOM 102: The environment can occlude the central control of any organism and assume control of the motor controls of that organism. (Engram, restimulation, locks, hypnotism.)

The environment can take control of an organism through an engram. When the engram is restimulated its circuit controls the organism. Since the engram is not assimilated in the mental matrix (the control center of the organism), but uses its circuits, the organism’s awareness is bypassed. The organism can helplessly watch itself being controlled by some mysterious source. Hypnotism operates in a similar way.


DN AXIOM 103: Intelligence depends on the ability to select aligned or misaligned data from an area of randomity and so discover a solution to reduce all randomity in that area.

Data that appears to be aligned in a local context could be part of a considerable misalignment that is visible only when viewed in a larger context. Intelligence lies in discovering this relationship and cleverly using that small “visible” data to resolve the large “hidden” misalignment in that area.


DN AXIOM 104: Persistence obtains in the ability of the mind to put solutions into physical action toward the realization of goals.

The overall goal, of course, is evolution. The mind achieves this goal by persisting in putting solutions into physical action.


DN AXIOM 105: An unknown datum can produce data of plus or minus randomity.

Justifications used to explain bizarre behavior end up producing increasing randomity in terms of unpredictability.


DN AXIOM 106: The introduction of an arbitrary factor or force without recourse to natural laws of the body or the area into which the arbitrary is introduced brings about plus or minus randomity.

An arbitrary factor or force is one that completely disregards natural laws. Underlying all alignments are the natural laws. Anything that conflicts with these natural laws will bring about misalignment and unpredictability. 


DN AXIOM 107: Data of plus or minus randomity depends for its confusion on former plus or minus randomity or absent data.

If a randomity or misalignment cannot be resolved, then the source of that difficulty is some earlier randomity or missing element.


DN AXIOM 108: Efforts which are inhibited or compelled by exterior efforts effect a plus or minus randomity of efforts.

If an organism’s efforts are inhibited or compelled by external efforts, then that will cause more randomity or misalignment.


DN AXIOM 109: Behavior is modified by counter-efforts which have impinged on the organism.

Counter-efforts from the environment are perceived and assimilated in the mental matrix of the organism. This modifies the matrix as well as the organism’s behavior.


DN AXIOM 110: The component parts of THETA are affinity, reality and communication.

THETA is the inherent impulse of energy that is devoted to bringing about continuity, consistency and harmony of oneness. Affinity goes together with seeking of continuity; reality goes together with seeking of consistency; and harmony goes together with establishing of communication.


Summary of Axioms

Randomity arises when an unknown or arbitrary datum is introduced that conflicts with the laws of nature.


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