|DMSMH: Important Note|
At the beginning of virtually every Dianetics and Scientology book by Hubbard is an "Important Note" giving Hubbard's instructions for studying his books, and what to do when the reader experiences "confusion."
When I bought this book on my first day in Scientology, my recruiter specifically pointed out the"Important note" page and instructed me how to study the book.
In reading this book, be very certain you never go past a word you do not fully understand.
The only reason a person gives up a study or becomes confused or unable to learn is because he or she has gone past a word that was not understood.
The confusion or inability to grasp or learn comes AFTER a word that the person did not have defined and understood.
Have you ever had the experience of coming to the end of a page and realizing you didn't know what you had read? Well, somewhere earlier on that page you went past a word that you had no definition for or an incorrect definition for.
Here's an example. "It was found that when the crepuscule arrived the children were quieter and when it was not present, they were much livelier." You see what happens. You think you don't understand the whole idea, but the inability to understand came entirely from the one word you could not define, crepuscule, which means twilight or darkness.
It may not only be the new and unusual words that you will have to look up. Some commonly used words can often be misdefined and so cause confusion.
This datum about not going past an undefined word is the most important fact in the whole subject of study. Every subject you have taken up and abandoned had its words which you failed to get defined.
Therefore, in studying this book be very, very certain you never go past a word you do not fully understand. If the material becomes confusing or you can't seem to grasp it, there will be a word just earlier that you have not understood. Don't go any further, but go back to BEFORE you got into trouble, find the misunderstood word and get it defined.
As an aid to the reader, words most likely to be misunderstood have been defined in footnotes the first time they occur in the text. Words sometimes have several meanings. The foot note definitions in this book only give the meaning that the word has as it is used in the text. Other definitions for the word can be found in a dictionary.
A glossary including all the footnote definitions is at the back of this book.
— L. Ron Hubbard
Dianetics: The Modern Science of Mental Health © 1992 L. Ron Hubbard Library pdf
See also: Hubbard's lecture Implant GPMS . DMSMH is Scientology's primary book for luring new people into the organization. It is an excellent example of how Hubbard used the confusion technique in his writing.
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