Hubbard positions marriage counselling with education.
Just by the process of education alone, just by the process of educating the people associated with living a marital life, on the subject of "These are some data about life. Pays your money and takes your chance. There they are. You want to look them over, okay. If you don't want to look them over, all right. This is kind of the way it seems to be. Let's look around and see if that's the way it seems to be."
Orient them a little bit, given them some stable data, restimulate some stable data.1 All of a sudden, why, their environment is liable to straighten up and run much more smoothly. This you would call counselling. Or would you call it education?
— L. Ron Hubbard
Lecture 25 October 1956: Education
DOCTRINE OF THE STABLE DATUM, a confusing motion can be understood by conceiving one thing to be motionless. Until one selects one datum, one factor, one particular in a confusion of particles, the confusion continues. The one thing selected and used becomes the stable datum for the remainder. A stable datum does not have to be the correct one. It is simply the one thing that keeps things from being in a confusion and on which others are aligned (POW, pp. 23-24)
— Dianetics and Scientology Technical Dictionary
Hubbard's stable data installed with authority probably have the effect of post-hypnotic suggestions.
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