|Lecture: Starting A New Preclear|
Hubbard classifies psychotics into the "dramatizing" and the "computing" types. Provides the type of engramic content responsible for various psychotic manifestations. Articulates a goal for (Dianetics) research to empty mental institutions
Almost the entire effort of psychiatry is leveled at accessibility. It is so interesting to the psychiatrists after it has been achieved that they will normally say this person is a remission. That’s right They have achieved accessibility on the case. This is no blast on psychiatry; this is their modus operandi. They get the case so the person will associate and talk to you and associate with himself, and they call it remission.
What they have accomplished is accessibility—the person goes into communication with life. Insanity could be called being out of communication with life or with the rational world. Right along with out of communication, of course, go no affinity and no reality. That is our triangle.
Starting at the toughest level of accessibility there are two types of psychotics. One is the computing psychotic and the other is the dramatizing psychotic. The computing psychotic is an animated demon circuit. In all the personality there is only one thing in operation, a demon circuit; you are talking to a demon circuit. The dramatizing psychotic is one who lives or dramatizes an engram. He sometimes runs it verbally and sometimes dramatizes it physically.
For example, a dramatizing psychotic may be walking around dramatizing an engram, "Everybody’s against me; everybody hates me. I’m going to go away and leave them all. I just can’t stand it anymore." Of course, you can’t get it run out because it is probably the eighteenth engram on the chain, and he is only running one valence of it.
A catatonic schizophrenic is either dramatizing an engram or is very low on communication, affinity and reality.
The paranoiac would be a computing psychotic; he has a circuit. The circuit may say, "You know everybody is against you. You’ve got to do something about it. Now think it over and you’d better change, you better reform," and so on. This person goes out and suddenly says, "The U.S. Government has gone into league with Western Union and they have just run through magic wires into my head so they can tell what I’m thinking down in Washington." He is computing on the engram. The analyzer is cut off by the demon circuit and he is running on just that section of analyzer. He is the circuit.
You will understand the stupidity of insanity if you find a demon circuit in a preclear sometime and talk to it. You will very often find the chronic circuit. (I warn you that if you start talking to a demon circuit you will strengthen it a little.) These circuits are ordinarily gruff and unmannerly. Sometimes they are apparently quite bright, but you run just so far and then they get stupid. The auditor who can’t figure how to get around demon circuits is badly off, because they are so very dumb. Talk to a demon circuit for a little while and you will get a good idea of how a computing psychotic will talk.
There is a terrific variety of manifestations and psychoses, but you can break it down into those two parts—computing and dramatizing.
It is interesting that very few of the people who are insane are in institutions. The kind of people in the institutions are those who, if they were allowed to be loose, would harm themselves or others or would be a great deal of trouble to others. That is a very specialized type of psychotic. There are all kinds of psychotics who won’t harm anybody physically (that is, not today— maybe tomorrow) and who won’t harm themselves, except of course by way of making themselves fail utterly and completely in life, or ruining their own and everybody else’s marriages, or beating up the children—little things like that.
Many kinds of psychotics are not accessible at all. Talk to such people and you actually talk to a demon circuit.
Don’t define a psychotic as somebody in an institution, then. That would be an error. Very few people realize that there are open psychotics doing a day’s work in this world. It is whether or not they are harmful or troublesome that makes society take notice, but they can be very psychotic and not be harmful or troublesome.
By the way, the next research project is to speed up accessibility and make it very rapid so we can empty these institutions.
— L. Ron Hubbard
Lecture 2 November 1950: Starting A New Preclear
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