Criticisms of L. Ron Hubbard’s Theory of “Dianetics.”

Bishop's Encyclopedia of Religion, Society and Philosophy

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L. Ron Hubbard created a system/theory he called Dianetics (1). He penned two books in 1950 on the subject, Dianetics: The Evolution of a Science and Dianetics: The Modern Science of Mental Health, with the latter becoming a big seller.

Dianetics consists of a number of ideas and practices relating to the metaphysical relationship between the mind and body. Hubbard’s ideas intended to form the basis of a new kind of psychotherapy although it evolved into the spiritual domain. The later led to it being employed frequently within contemporary Scientology. Over time Hubbard described Dianetics in a number of ways including “a mix of Western technology and Oriental philosophy,” “a spiritual healing technology,” and “an organized science of thought” (2).

Screen Shot 2018-11-28 at 3.58.37 PM.png The book in which Hubbard presented his theory of Dianetics.

The Basics of Dianetics.

Numerous concepts form the basis of this theory. First, it operated on the notion that…

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