DIANETICS: The Mind’s Protection

Reference: Hubbard 1950: Dianetics TMSMH

These are some comments on the chapter “The Mind’s Protection” from  DIANETICS: THE MODERN SCIENCE OF MENTAL HEALTH.


Comments on
The Mind’s Protection

It has been known for centuries that when one is in a secure environment and does not interfere with the mind, then the mind takes care of itself by gently unwinding its stress. That is why meditation has been successful over the centuries.

The mind is a self-protecting mechanism as long as it is not interfered with. Many of older practices of psychiatry and hypnotism have been injurious to the mind when they have heavily interfered with it. Basically this chapter is saying that Dianetics is safe to apply because it is designed not to interfere with the mind. But it does not mean that Dianetics cannot be injurious when it is misapplied.

Dianetics cautions one against the use of drugs and hypnotism. It also has a theory that provides one with a better understanding of the mind. However, Dianetics is much safer when its principles are applied by oneself in meditation, rather than getting audited by another. The recommended approach is Subject Clearing.

The goal of Dianetics is to assimilate the unknown sensations from the traumas in one’s life. 

These sensations are unknown because they do not become perceptions until they are assimilated. Therefore, it requires certain skill to sort out these sensations while still in the dark. Subject Clearing provides a simple but very effective approach to applying the Dianetic techniques. A person can safely apply the meditative and contemplative approach of subject clearing to heal oneself. 

The comments in the subsequent chapters examines the Dianetics techniques for their use through the subject clearing approach. 



The remaining axioms of Dianetics are now presented here. These axioms were put together by Hubbard to demonstrate the preciseness of Dianetics.


DN AXIOM 151: Whether an organism has the goal of surviving or succumbing depends upon the amount of plus or minus randomity it has reactivated. (Not residual.)

DN AXIOM 152: Survival is accomplished only by motion.

DN AXIOM 153: In the physical universe the absence of motion is vanishment.

DN AXIOM 154: Death is the equivalent to life of total lack of life-motivated motion.

DN AXIOM 155: Acquisition of prosurvival matter and energy or organisms in space and time means increased motion.

DN AXIOM 156: Loss of prosurvival matter and energy or organisms in space and time means decreased motion.

DN AXIOM 157: Acquisition or proximity of matter, energy or organisms which assist the survival of an organism increases the survival potentials of an organism.

DN AXIOM 158: Acquisition or proximity of matter, energy or organisms which inhibit the survival of an organism decreases its survival potential.

DN AXIOM 159: Gain of survival energy, matter or organisms increases the freedom of an organism.

DN AXIOM 160: Receipt or proximity of non-survival energy, matter or time decreases the freedom of motion of an organism.

DN AXIOM 161: The control center attempts the halting or lengthening of time, the expansion or contraction of space and the decrease or increase of energy and matter.

This is a primary source of invalidation, and it is also a primary source of aberration.

DN AXIOM 162: Pain is the balk of effort by counter-effort in great intensity, whether that effort is to remain at rest or in motion.

DN AXIOM 163: Perception, including pain, can be exhausted from an area of plus or minus randomity, still leaving the effort and counter-effort of that plus or minus randomity.

DN AXIOM 164: The rationality of the mind depends upon an optimum reaction toward time.

DEFINITION: Sanity, the computation of futures.

DEFINITION: Neurotic, the computation of present time only.

DEFINITION: Psychotic, computation only of past situations.

DN AXIOM 165: Survival pertains only to the future.

COROLLARY: Succumb pertains only to the present and past.


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  • Chris Thompson  On July 26, 2021 at 11:59 AM

    Dianetic engram problems are the result of stimulus motion received by the mind at a rate faster than the mind can process. If the human mind were a personal computer, this overload of stimulus would result in an unconsciousness similar to the blue screen one sees when a PC halts computing.

    • vinaire  On July 26, 2021 at 2:09 PM

      Unconsciousness = no perception = no assimilation = sensations coming in too fast causing overload

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