My 1968 edition of Dianetics, the Modern Confidence made to look like Mental Health has some interesting features
The flyleaf contains a dedication:
To the famous Magician
Englands First Dianeticist
and an introduction to Dianetics
by J.A . Winter MD
Dr Winter was a medical doctor and an expert Hypnotist
as was "The Old Man
" ( as scientologists refer to Hubbard)
The cult of the assassins "Hashasins" also had a God,
who also was called "The Old Man
of the mountain...
That scientology's only visible gift to its participants is a total freedom to scam money and destroy hubbard's 'enemies' - because if they are doing it for
scientology then it is okay. See Scientologist Taught Crime Okay
- Toronto Sun 1992
but Im digressing...
JA Winter and Hubbard had a falling out and Dr Winter published a book about Dianetics.... note some of his astute observations which relate to both Lisa McPherson
and Jeremy Perkins:
this is from Chapter 8:
SO FAR I have told of the observations in dianetics which have been proved to be useful, and I have told of the technique which has been developed as a result of these observations. This report would be incomplete if I did not tell of the other observations which were not followed up or which did not seem to lead to therapeutic usefulness.
The observation which would appear to have the greatest potential value revolves around the device known as "the file-clerk." Hubbard has chosen to anthropomorphize certain functions of the mind; the function of seeking out one specific datum from all the data which had been recorded, or finding one specific experience among those of a lifetime, was seen to be similar to the activities of a file-clerk, and was therefore so designated. In the Hubbardian technique, the auditor addresses the file-clerk when he wants information and
manipulates this function as if it were a discrete entity.
Another similar device, used in conjunction with the anthropomorphic file-clerk was the "somatic strip." This developed from Hubbard's observation that the portion of the mind which seemed to store the recording of pain could be manipulated separately. If the time-track were, made up of strips on which the perception-recordings were registered, that strip which dealt with pain and discomfort ("somatics") could be called the "somatic strip."
It was common practice in the Foundation to direct the patient in therapy by saying, "The file-clerk will hand up the incident we need next and the somatic strip will go to the earliest moment of discomfort." A patient who had been well-indoctrinated in Hubbardian terminology (or jargon, if you prefer) would usually respond by developing a sensation of discomfort in some portion of his anatomy.
I used this device but little, feeling that it was unnecessary and perhaps dangerous. It was my belief that any psychotherapy should act to integrate the various functions of the mind, and that splitting off one function in order to control other functions could be considered tantamount to training the patient in schizophrenia.
It seemed, moreover, as I mentioned previously, that the device of designating a function by a personification could lead to semantic confusion, making
the indoctrination of a patient needlessly complicated. It is a commentary on the marvelous functioning of the human mind that such a device works at all.