|Lecture: The Purpose of Human Evaluation -1|
Hubbard explains that he assembled Dianetics from certain conditions of the mind discovered by Charcot, including the observation that people go unconscious when they are stared at fixedly.
TR 0 is a drill by which Scientologists stare at each other fixedly, sometimes for hours.
Fellow by the name of Freud, he had the idea that all you had to do was clear up somebody's libido and he would begin living. Freud in a rather heartbroken little memorial written about 1920 said, "Psychoanalysis, Terminable or Interminable?" And in that little monograph he stated that his hopes were dead; it had not worked.
He needn't have felt so badly about it. Naturally he had been up against the American Medical Association, probably the American Psychiatric Association, the Association for the Rehabilitation of Cockeyed Alienists, the Association for the Suppression of Associations Which Try to Advance Something to Associate About. And he had, in short, been pushing an awful lot of opposition in front of him and he didn't have any tool with which to clean this up so he could keep his own enthusiasm, so by about 1920 he was dead on the subject.
But he had contributed something—something enormously important. Working with Breuer, he had found out that if you can get a fellow to remember back to his earliest times and get him to remember certain things, he got better. Freud didn't know and he eventually admitted he didn't know why he got better. But he got better sometimes.
And a fellow by the name of Charcot, 1832, was experimenting with hypnotism. He found out there were some strange conditions of the mind by which you looked at somebody fixedly and they went unconscious. Little things like this back along the track. Well, assembled, those things become Dianetics.
— Lecture 13 August 1951: The Purpose of Human Evaluation
Scientology's TRs (training routines) drill Scientologists how to confront others by looking at them fixedly. Despite his many denials that Dianetics is hypnotism, Hubbard's statement here is a glaring admission of the hypnotic aspects that form his "science."
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