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Dianetics (1950)

by L. Ron Hubbard, J. A. Winter (Introduction)

Series: Dianetics

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A Bit of Background:

The year 2010 marks the Sixtieth year of publication of Dianetics. Clearly, you want the new edition. This entry is Amazon.com's older paperback. Get this one instead: Dianetics: The Modern Science Of Mental Health (English); Or better yet, get the book & audio kit: Dianetics: The Modern Science of Mental Health [With Booklet]; Or get the video presentation of how it works: Dianetics Self-Improvement Package; Dianetics: A Visual Guidebook to the Mind - L. Ron Hubbard.

OK, here's my review. I've actually read the book and used it. It is a manual that is meant to be used. Use it to help your friends and family. Joining organizations and such is not necessary. Just read the book, and use it to help your friends.

First Impressions:

What's new in the new 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.

Table of Contents:

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.

Summarizing a Long Book!

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.

Bottom Line:

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. ( )
  jmourgos | Sep 12, 2014 |
To understand the cray cray, you have to research the cray cray.
  JennyJen | Aug 14, 2014 |
Some of the worst drivel I've ever read. At first I didn't think I could finish this moronic ranting, but then I started to be amused on every page by the sheer lunacy of the author and the idiocy of his concepts and how gullible those are who buy into this concept that the author openly stated he was starting in order to create a new church as a personal tax break. You'll have more fun tearing up a ten dollar bill and watching if float down the gutter than reading this pathetic text. ( )
  pking36330 | Feb 6, 2014 |
Disgusting propaganda of the worst sort. ( )
1 vote HadriantheBlind | Mar 29, 2013 |
I have attempted to read this book no less than a half dozen times. I have never been able to make it past page 32. First I start mumbling to myself, then I start keeping tally of the number of inconsistencies and made up words....the next thing I know I am stammering and drooling with pent-up frustration at the complete psychosis that would cause words to be placed in that particular order...the last thing I remember before blacking out is jumping up and down on the book, screaming inanities (which, somehow, are more intelligible than the drivel contained within this tome).



Lather, Rinse, Repeat .... Every. Single. Farking. Time...



Look, I can read some ridiculous tripe (have you seen my library?)...but seriously, any thread of a coherent ... anything? ( )
15 vote PortiaLong | May 17, 2009 |
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Dit boek bevat ontdekkingen waarvan men zei dat deze belangrijker zijn dan de ontdekking van het wiel of het vuur. Dianetics is al meer dan 50 jaar een bestseller. En met meer dan 20 miljoen exemplaren in omloop heeft het een beweging gegenereerd die zich over meer dan 100 landen uitstrekt. Het is onbetwistbaar het meest wijd en zijd gelezen en invloedrijkste boek dat ooit over het menselijk verstand is geschreven. Onmiddellijk na de eerste uitgave van Dianetics begon LRH lezingen te geven in stampvolle auditoriums door heel Amerika. En nu kun je daar zijn, door naar deze vier lezingen te luisteren die indertijd opgenomen zijn. Hoor hem de gebeurtenissen beschrijven die de aanleiding vormden voor zijn onderzoek en baanbrekende ontdekkingen, en zijn persoonlijke demonstratie van Dianetics auditing Lijkt het er weleens op dat er een verborgen vijand in je zit die je tegenwerkt en je zelfvertrouwen, gezonde verstand en geluk ondermijnt, ondanks het feit dat je er hard aan werkt om toch succes te hebben? Wel, die vijand bestaat wel degelijk. Hij wordt het reactieve verstand genoemd. Het reactieve verstand is de oorzaak van stress, depressies, stukgelopen relaties, bezorgdheid, angsten en psychosomatische klachten, waaronder pijnen. Er is maar één methode waarmee je kunt doorgronden hoe het ons beïnvloedt en hoe je het kwijtraakt. Die methode staat in dit boek: Dianetics. Lezers uit alle lagen van de bevolking bevestigen dat Dianetics hen heeft geholpen: - te ontdekken hoe je jezelf kunt zijn - te ontdekken waarom iemand zijn zelfvertrouwen en zelfrespect verliest - de oorzaak te vinden van stress en bezorgdheid te ontdekken waarom er bij iemand sprake is van ongewenste emotionele reactiesMeer dan 589 van L. Ron Hubbard's werken zijn gepubliceerd. Dit maakt hem tot een van 's werelds meest bekroonde en gelezen auteurs aller tijden. Zijn werken zijn verkrijgbaar in 65 landen en vertaald in 26 talen, waaronder Swahili, Japans, Russisch en Chinees. Zijn boeken zijn bruikbaar en openhartig en er zijn tot nu toe al meer dan 93 miljoen exemplaren van verkocht. Zowel zijn wetenschappelijke werken als zijn romans behandelen ieder hetzelfde thema in vele verschillende facetten: de verbetering van de geestelijke conditie van de mens.
Miljoenen mensen over de gehele wereld hebben Dianetics gelezen en gebruiken de gegevens in hun dagelijkse leven. In de vele duizenden brieven van lezers, vertellen zij hoe de Dianetics techniek hen geholpen heeft om:
• Optimaal te functioneren als individu
• De dingen die hen dwars zaten effectief aan te pakken
• Meer inzicht in zichzelf en anderen te krijgen
• Optimaal met andere mensen te kunnen omgaan
„Dianetics is een avontuur." L. Ron Hubbard
Beschouw Dianetics als een avontuur. En ontdek zelf hoe u met Dianetics een goede geestelijke conditie kunt bereiken en optimaal kunt functioneren als individu!
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 088404632X, Mass Market Paperback)

If you've ever felt there was something holding you back in life, ruining your plans and stopping you from being who you want to be, you were right. The fact is, there is a single source of all your problems, stress, unhappiness and self-doubt. It's called the reactive mind - the hidden part of your mind that stores all painful experiences and then uses them against you. Dianetics gets rid of the reactive mind. It's the only thing that does. With over 20,000,000 copies in dozens of languages, Dianetics has remained a bestseller for more than fifty years. Now used in more than 150 nations, Dianetics brings dramatic and permanent improvement to people all over the world.
Read Dianetics and discover:
* The real reason for unexplained pains, negative emotions and unhappy relationships in your life.
* Exactly what is destroying your belief in yourself and how Dianetics helps you get rid of it so you become more you;
* The precise technology that blows away the barriers in your life - forever.
Don't live with insecurity, negative thoughts and irrational behavior. Use Dianetics and get rid of your reactive mind.

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Book Description: Dianetics, if you've ever felt there was something holding you back in life, ruining your plans and stopping you from being who you want to be, you were right. The fact is, there is a single source of all your problems, stress, unhappiness and self-doubt. It's called the reactive mind-the hidden part of your mind that stores all painful experiences and then uses them against you. Dianetics gets rid of the reactive mind. It's the only thing that does. With over 20,000,000 copies in dozens of languages, Dianetics has remained a bestseller for more than fifty years. Now used in more than 150 nations, Dianetics brings dramatic and permanent improvement to people all over the world. Read Dianetics and discover: the real reason for unexplained pains, negative emotions and unhappy relationships in your life; exactly what is destroying your belief in yourself and how Dianetics helps you get rid of it so you become more you; the precise technology that blows away the barriers in your life-forever. Don't live with insecurity, negative thoughts and irrational behavior. Use Dianetics and get rid of your reactive mind. Have you ever wondered how your mind works? Your mind records pictures of everything you experience throughout life. These "mental image pictures" ARE your memory. Through mental image pictures you can see the past, hear what was said, feel, taste and smell things from long ago or just from yesterday. Your perception of mental image pictures-however vague at first-can be sharpened with Dianetics. Mental image pictures are used continually to solve problems, imagine and remember things. L. Ron Hubbard's #1 New York Times bestseller, Dianetics: The Modern Science of Mental Health, will tell you much more about mental image pictures, how the mind works and even the purpose of the mind.… (more)

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