Lecture: Suppressives and GAEs
Author: Hubbard, L. R.
Document date: 1966, 2 August
Document title: Suppressives and GAEs
Document type: lecture transcript
Event: Saint Hill Special Briefing Course
Location: East Grinstead, Sussex
Document ID: SHSBC-436
Description: Hubbard says he's put his collar on backwards many a day and audited psychos in institutions; lectures on psychiatry's dirty hands; recommends Dr. Frieda Fromm-Reichmann's book.
Now, you would just be amazed how many cases resolve in an institution. I know, I’ve put my collar on backwards many a day and audited psychos in institutions in many a yesteryear. It’s amazing, absolutely amazing. Some of the results I’ve had with this make me sometimes a little bit ashamed of myself that I don’t push in that direction harder. Because institutions contain very few SPs. They’re PTSes. The SPs are those in charge.
I’ve seen a girl actually getting better and had a psychiatrist run up to me absolutely screaming, “You must get the family—you must get the family of this person to consent to electric shock!”
“What’s the matter?”
“Well, we’ve got to electric-shock her!”
“What’s the matter with the patient?”
“We’ve got to do it!”
“No, no, no—is the patient getting worse?”
“You don’t understand! We’ll throw her out of here!”
Talking to a nut. Complete nut. Person was getting better, so they had to electric-shock them. The same person told me that I didn’t keep good records. I should keep records that had the time and place connected with every single action as the predominant action, and so forth, and they kept good records.
And I said.. . It’s sort of like shooting at tame dogs to talk to these fellows. I mean, it’s cruel. They miss all the obvious things like, you know, “Yes, but what do you learn from your records?” You know? Question like that never occurs to them, see? “What do you learn from your records?”
“Well, what do we learn?” Then complete non sequitur—you know, ding-ding-ding, here comes the wagon. Complete non sequitur: “Oh, we learned if we didn’t electric-shock them, they would get out of here six weeks earlier in each case.” Yet he has to electric-shock everybody, see? He even knows it doesn’t help anybody. He’s gotten that brave. See, he’s gotten that blatant.
Now, my only quarrel with psychiatry, in actual sober fact, is that it’s not cleaned up its profession. It’s got dirty hands. It’s not cleaned up its profession, because if it cleaned up its profession, it would be able to view the fact that some of the things they do get results, and 90 percent of the things they do don’t. And that the cruelty and brutality which they levy against the insane or wage against the insane is not getting results. If they knew about the mind, they would know how to handle their own people.
So my only quarrel with psychiatry is their ethics are out. Do you follow me? This is not my own opinion. Frieda Fromm-Reichmann wrote a book on it. Someday you’ll want to look it up. It’s Frieda Fromm-Reichmann, and she was one of the greatest of great—I think she’s still alive—and she wrote a book in which she begged throughout the book for the psychiatrist and his profession to get in his own ethics on his own practitioners. That book is available—Library of Congress and other places. And she is probably the dean of all American psychiatry. She was making a feeble effort to get it in. But that’s the trouble.
Now, my only complaint against government is, being bodies charged with the responsibility of getting in law and order, never having isolated what puts lawlessness and disorder into the society, never having made any effort to understand it, but just shoots everybody. So my quarrel with them is, their ethics are out.
My only quarrel with politics and political theories and political practices just sum up to the same thing: They do not produce an orderly society. Any system of politics which lets a madman rise to supreme power is an evil system.
Now, you as an auditor are only able to push ethics in or blame SP or PTS for your lack of results if you yourself have clean hands with your GAEs. If you yourself do not commit gross auditing errors, then you are perfectly at liberty to handle ethics. But as long as you yourself have any question, then you will never quite know. And this is the difference between a confident auditor and an unconfident auditor, and is the primary difference.
Hubbard, L. R. (1966, 2 August). Suppressives and GAEs. Saint Hill Special Briefing Course, (SHSBC-436). Lecture conducted from East Grinstead, Sussex.