DIANETICS: Preventive Dianetics

Reference: Hubbard 1950: Dianetics TMSMH

These are some comments on the chapter “Preventive Dianetics” from  DIANETICS: THE MODERN SCIENCE OF MENTAL HEALTH.

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Preventive Dianetics

When one knows the cause of aberration and psychosomatic illness, he can do a great deal toward preventing them. The cause are engrams. When an engram has verbal content, it becomes most severely aberrative. When it contains antagonism on an emotional level, it becomes very destructive. When it is intensely pro-survival in content it is most certainly capable of thoroughly deranging a life. Understanding engrams, we may prevent them or, at least, hold them to minimal content.

Engrams are traumatic sensations of shock, injury and confusion that did not get assimilated. They manifest as aberrations and psychosomatic illnesses only when restimulated continually. 

Engrams can make one accident prone. Preventive Dianetics addresses this problem in two phases: first the prevention of engrams, and second, the prevention of the key-in. 

Engrams are prevented by maintaining silence in the presence of injury. Do what has to be done for the injured and do it in silence. Maintain silence in the presence of birth. Say nothing while a person is being operated upon. Say nothing when there is a street accident. Don’t talk! To speak, no matter what is said, is to threaten his sanity. And the maintaining of silence does not mean a volley of “Sh’s,” for those make stammerers. 

The maintenance of silence around any “unconscious” or injured person is second in importance only to preventing the “unconsciousness” in the first place.

Preventive Dianetics, in the sphere of the home, must place emphasis on the woman in order to safeguard the child. A woman who is pregnant should be given every consideration. If she falls, she should be helped—but silently. She must not be expected to carry heavy things. Women who lead peasant lives, doing heavy labor, are subject to all manner of accident. When it is known that any injury to the mother can create an engram in the unborn child, it should be the concern of all those present during such an injury, including the mother, to maintain a complete and utter silence. Any remark is aberrative in an engram.

The mother, then, should be extremely gentle on herself during pregnancy and those around her should be entirely informed of the necessity for silence after any jar or injury.

Preventive Dianetics, then, on the level of the individual, asks for cleared parents and then precaution against the aberrating of the child, and further precaution against the keying-in of any aberration the child might have received. Key-in is prevented by providing a calm and harmonious atmosphere which is not restimulative. If the child appears to be restimulated despite kindly treatment, he can be removed to another environment. Drooling sympathy, when the child is sick or hurt, should be avoided.

A kind, affectionate and unrestimulative environment is necessary for a child’s growth. 

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DIANETICS AXIOMS 141 to 150

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.

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DN AXIOM 141: A control center effort is aligned toward a goal through definite space as a recognized incident in time.

The mental matrix forms the control center of the organism. It operates optimally when in sync with the natural laws. Its primary goal is to evolve by resolving anomalies as it comes across them. 

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DN AXIOM 142: An organism is as healthy and sane as it is self-determined.

The environmental control of the organism motor controls inhibits the organism’s ability to change with the changing environment, since the organism will attempt to carry forward with one set of responses when it needs by self-determinism to create another to survive in another environment.

Everything operates according to the laws of nature. The environment seems to control the organism only when the organism is unable to assimilate the effects of the environment. That is an anomaly.

DN AXIOM 142 (Proposed): An organism is as healthy and sane as it is able to resolve anomalies in real time.

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DN AXIOM 143: All learning is accomplished by random effort.

At the beginning of evolution, learning was accomplished by random efforts of trial and error. As natural laws evolved, the effort became mainly to understand and apply the natural laws. Random effort was required only when natural laws needed to be extended to resolve anomalies fully. 

DN AXIOM 143 (Proposed): All learning is accomplished by knowing natural laws and resolving anomalies.

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DN AXIOM 144: A counter-effort producing sufficient plus or minus randomity to record is recorded with an index of space and time as hidden as the remainder of its content.

Anything not assimilated in the mental matrix will appear to be hidden. “Recording” exists only in the form of unassimilated traumatic sensations. Space and time index is assigned only upon assimilation.

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DN AXIOM 145: A counter-effort producing sufficient plus or minus randomity when activated by re-stimulation exerts itself against the environment or the organism without regard to space and time, except reactivated perceptions.

A counter-effort producing sufficient plus or minus randomity is actually the traumatic sensation that did not get assimilated. Therefore, when activated, it generates the same counter-efforts as were originally felt by the organism, without regard to space and time.

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DN AXIOM 146: Counter-efforts are directed out from the organism until they are further enrandomed by the environ at which time they again activate against the control center.

Restimulation of counter-efforts makes the organism behave the same way as before, even when the environment is now different. So, additional misalignments come about that the control center must handle.

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DN AXIOM 147: An organism’s mind employs counter-efforts effectively only so long as insufficient plus or minus randomity exists to hide differentiation of the facsimiles created.

The control center sends out effective guidance to the organism as long as the mental matrix is not overwhelmed by the intensity of restimulated counter-efforts.

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DN AXIOM 148: Physical laws are learned by life energy only by impingement of the physical universe producing randomity, and a withdrawal from that impingement.

The laws of the universe are learned when anomalies are properly recognized and resolved.

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DN AXIOM 149: Life depends upon an alignment of force vectors in the direction of survival and the nullification of force vectors in the direction of succumb in order to survive.

COROLLARY: Life depends upon an alignment of force vectors in the direction of succumb and the nullification of force vectors in the direction of survive in order to succumb.

The ultimate goal is evolution. Survive and succumb depends upon whether the organism is able to resolve anomalies or not.

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DN AXIOM 150: Any area of randomity gathers to it situations similar to it which do not contain actual efforts but only perceptions.

An area of randomity is an area of misalignment and confusion. It gathers to it similar perceptions by association.

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Summary of Axioms

The mental matrix forms the control center of the organism. Its primary goal is to evolve by being fully aware of the natural laws and to keep learning by resolving anomalies in real time. The environment seems to control the organism only when the organism fails to assimilate the effects of the environment. Anything not assimilated is hidden from awareness, but it upsets the functioning of the organism and generates anomalies. Resolution of anomalies assimilates the effects of the environment.

An organism is as healthy and sane as it is able to resolve anomalies in real time.

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