DIANETICS: Diagnosis

Reference: Hubbard 1950: Dianetics TMSMH

These are some comments on Book Three, Chapter 4,“Diagnosis” from DIANETICS: THE MODERN SCIENCE OF MENTAL HEALTH.


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KEY WORDS: Unexplained oddity, ache, pain

The classification of aberrations and illnesses should be such that it leads to an understanding of the problem, and to a possible course of treatment. According to Dianetics, the number of aberrations possible is the number of combinations of words possible in a language as contained in engrams. In other words, if a psychotic thinks he is God, he has an engram which says he is God. 

Diagnosis involves relating the aberration of the person to some combination of words present in his engrams.

Most aberrated people talk in a large measure out of their engrams, especially when their words depart from rationality, such as, in anger. These are minor dramatizations of their engrams. The words may contain associations, reasoning, cliches and absurdities that do not make sense. In other words, aberration can be any combination of words contained in an engram.

To classify by aberration is not only utterly impossible but completely unnecessary.

The psychosomatic ills depend also upon accidental or intentional word combinations and all the variety of injury possible. According to Dianetics, asthma comes fairly constantly from birth, as do conjunctivitis and sinusitis, but when these can occur in birth, there is generally prenatal background. For psychosomatic diagnosis, all the auditor needs to know of a chronic illness is that some area of the body hurts the patient, and he uses that to locate the chain of sympathy engrams.

Diagnosis of psychosomatic illness consists of using the area of the body that hurts to locate the chain of sympathy engrams.

When a person is frightened, and afraid to see or hear in present time, there is much in his background to make him afraid. The only fact of importance is the “nervousness” about reception. When a person suffers from imagination which substitutes itself for recall, he basically has difficulty recalling. Some of the engrams in this case demand reduced or no recall.

The aberration is the engram content; the psycho-somatic illness is the former injury. The perceptions of sight and sound, under-optimum recall, over-optimum imagination regulate the length of the case.

When one is auditing oneself with Subject Clearing approach it requires the concentration of attention, and contemplation and meditation on certain thoughts, feelings, emotions or pain to unravel the engrams or facsimiles (unassimilated impressions). The hints given above are useful.

One simply starts with some unexplained oddity, ache or pain, that one is concerned about, and lets the mind unwind itself.


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