Containing discoveries heralded as greater than the wheel or fire, "Dianetics" has remained a bestseller for more than 50 years. And with over 20 million copies in print, generating a movement that spans over 100 nations, it's indisputably the most widely read and influential book ever written about the human mind. Here is the anatomy and full ...Read MoreContaining discoveries heralded as greater than the wheel or fire, "Dianetics" has remained a bestseller for more than 50 years. And with over 20 million copies in print, generating a movement that spans over 100 nations, it's indisputably the most widely read and influential book ever written about the human mind. Here is the anatomy and full description of the reactive mind, the previously unknown source of nightmares, unreasonable fears, upsets and insecurities which enslave Man. This book shows you how to get rid of it, and so achieve something Man has previously only dreamed of: the State of Clear. Among the discoveries herein are: The Goal of Man, The Dynamic Principle of Existence - the one word that motivates all living things, The Four Dynamics - the drives upon which all of life is compartmented, The Descriptic Graph of Survival - revealing one's true potential and how to achieve it, The discovery of and complete anatomy of the reactive mind, The painful experiences - engrams - contained in the reactive mind which command one to act irrationally against their own wishes and goals, The impact of prenatal engrams - what took place before you were born and how it's influenced you ever since, and The complete Dianetics procedure to discover and eradicate these harmful experiences so they never affect you again, revealing the one person you've always wanted to know - you.Read Less
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This book unfolds in such a way that you can easily track with Mr. Hubbard in his exploration of the human mind.
If you have evere wondered how you could be so upset over a silly (you fill in the blank here), this book explains it all.
The answers are here to questions such as "Why do I avoid certain things?" or "Where did these unexplained aches and pains come from?" or "Why am I crying?"
The answers are here in "Dianetics: The Modern Science of Mental Health".
I sincerely suggest you buy this book, get comfortable and take the adventure of your life!
Oct 9, 2008
Great Science Fiction book!
This is a very well written book. It makes you think Dianetics is true. A little of it may be true but the majority is science fiction. This book is well worth $5 or $6, but I wouldn't spend anymore than that. And I defiantly wouldn't give anymore than that to "Scientology." Overall it's great science fiction writing and makes for some pretty good entertainment.
Sep 1, 2008
Excellent 2008 Edition -- A Great Read
Obviously you want the 2008 edition.
What's new in this edition? Well, nothing! The publisher didn't change anything in the book itself other than typos and punctuation errors that were introduced by Hermitage House Publishers back in 1950. In comparing the original manuscript and putting those footnotes in the back of the book, enlarging and darkening the font size, it makes for a more comfortable read.
Dianetics is an alternative to psychology and outlines several basic things that can help a person help themselves (thus the phrase "self-help") as well as help others.
Among the chapters in this book we find the following: The Goal of Man; The Dynamic Principle of Existence; The Four Dynamics (a dynamic is a drive upon which life is compartmented); a descriptive graph of survival (which was interesting - I never knew survival was more than "just barely making it" until I read Hubbard's definition); and the discovery and complete anatomy of what Hubbard calls the "Reactive Mind", which commands one to act irrationally against their own wishes and goals. Since I have been known to act irrationally, it's good to see what's causing it and what to do about it.
It's a thick book, 491 pages of actual text, divided into Theory and Practical applications; a 5 page glossary of important terms; a chapter called Dianetics in the 21st Century that brings us up to date from those long-gone days of 1950 (the year Dianetics was published) which has reprints from the LA Star and The Daily News, which did news articles on Hubbard and Dianetics at that time. Lots of photos in this section, too.
It's interesting to see what their view was. And finally, an appendix that briefly lists other self-help books by Hubbard, which are all new 2008 editions!
Oh, and finally, finally, The Editor's Glossary, that gives dictionary definitions to English words as they were used in 1950 as well as specialized Dianetics terms, as they were used at that time of writing. This is real handy and makes reading the book that much more easily read.
It's tough for me not to write a long review on a book that is over 600 pages thick. It has every imaginable area of human relationships clearly delineated and how Dianetics can help problems associated with these: alcoholism, post partum depression, divorces, domestic violence and drug abuse amongst them.
So get this book but use Amazon's latest and greatest 2008 edition of the book, as I've described above. Remember, Dianetics is not Scientology and Dianetics is not a religion. It does not obligate anyone to just pick up a copy and read it. It is also in Tagalog, Spanish, French, German and a few other languages.
Read this book.
Jul 10, 2008
This book helped me in so many ways. You have got to get it if you are depressed, sad, apathetic, angry, frustrated, scared, constantly sick, PTSD, or almost any other problem that is keeping you from doing what you want to do, being what you want to be or having what you want to have. This is what the psychiatrists DON'T want us to know because it would put them out of business.
Sep 27, 2007
This book covers the founding concepts that are still included within the Scientology cult. It presents a lot of theory, but little actual fact for support. And because a lot of the terms used were created by the founder and science fiction writer L. Ron Hubbard, it can be difficult to read. Unless you're interested in researching the origins of Scientology thought processes, you might want to spend your money on a more modern introduction to the subject (this book was written in 1950). At least the modern books have more pictures, illustrations, and glossy covers.
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