DIANETICS: Some Types of Engrams

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Reference: Hubbard 1950: Dianetics TMSMH

These are some comments on Book Three, Chapter 8, “Some Types of Engrams” from DIANETICS: THE MODERN SCIENCE OF MENTAL HEALTH.


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Some Types of Engrams

KEY WORDS: Contra-survival, Pro-survival, Sympathy, Painful emotion

Engrams are unassimilated impressions, which appear as facsimiles of some incident that happened to the person. There are four types of facsimiles: (a) Contra-survival, (b) Pro-survival, (c) Sympathy, and (d) Painful emotion. 

The contra-survival facsimile lies across the dynamics; it has no alignment with purpose, and it is antagonistic in nature. The command of the facsimile is more important than the action people take in it. These commands are hypnotic. In therapy this facsimile is somewhat drained of power just by being touched with the returned awareness.

The pro-survival facsimile pretends to assist survival of the person by its content. It is more difficult to access. It contains allies who defended the person’s existence in moments when the person conceived that his existence was under attack. 

The sympathy facsimile contains the effort of the parent or guardian to be kind to a child who is severely hurt. The aberrative aspect of this facsimile is a “conviction” that if the ally were not around and if one were not on good terms with her, one would starve, die or suffer generally. This facsimile comes forward and stays chronic as a psychosomatic illness.

The painful emotion facsimile is caused by the shock of sudden loss such as the death of a loved one. It contains the death, departure or denial by an ally. It contains an emotional charge which, if it will not display itself, is elsewhere suppressed. A condition of such painful emotion is that it has early physically painful engrams upon which to append.

For examples of these facsimiles please read the chapter.


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