|Letter: Hubbard to the American Psychological Association|
Hubbard writes to the APA describing Dianetics as an adaptation of hypnosis and narcosynthesis.
April 13, 1949
The American Psychological Assn.
1515 Massachusetts Ave. NW.
Working in private research, I have apparently made certain discoveries which I would like to communicate to you for your interest and consideration.
I am accumulating additional data to safeguard this work from undue and unfounded optimism and am preparing a paper for your examination which is entitled: “Certain Discoveries and Researches Leading to the Removal of Early Traumatic Experiences Including Attempted Abortion, Birth Shock and Infant Accidents and Illnesses with an Examination of Their Effects on the Adult Mind and an Account of Techniques Evolved and Employed.”
A very brief résumé of this work follows: In an effort to evolve a better clinical approach to the treatment of certain neuroses and psychoses an intensive study of the early work of Freud was undertaken and revealed certain premises which, for lack of technology, could not be proven in his time. First amongst these was the belief that the unconscious remembered birth. By making certain changes and adaptions in narcosynthesis and combining these with certain techniques of hypnosis but not employing hypnosis as it is currently understood, a trance state was induced in patients and, after considerable practice, they were made to recall the birth experience. It was found in several cases—eight out of the initial series of ten attempted—that the birth experience could be recalled. New traumatic import was discovered and a method was evolved which removed both the force and significance of the trauma. In each case where the experience was reached it was removed with marked and material improvement in the adult life of the patient. In each case treated by this technique even when the birth trauma was not reached but infant traumas were, improvement was definite. In an additional ten cases, with the technique improved, the relieving of the birth trauma was followed by a discovery that prebirth injuries and discomforts could be reached and relieved. In four of these cases abortion had been attempted which was painful to the fetus and the adult psychosis was not improved until the prebirth traumas were relieved. In one case a severe injury to the mother in the sixth month of pregnancy was found to have been recorded by the fetus and to have acted as the underlying cause of a neurosis in the adult. In two cases of prebirth traumas the mother was available and was tested with resultant comparable data of a highly specific nature. In sixteen of the above series of twenty, psychosomatic illnesses were found to have had their chief cause in prebirth or birth traumas. Migraine headache, ulcers, asthma, sinusitis and arthritis were amongst those illnesses relieved.
This letter is not a report of anything but work-in-progress. When an additional twenty cases have been treated, my conclusions will be forwarded to you: at this time I reserve my own professional judgment.
L. Ron Hubbard
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