Author: Hubbard, L. R.
Book title: Science of Survival
Publication date: 1951
Location: Los Angeles
Publisher: Bridge Publications, Inc.
Description: Hubbard claimed he received the basic teachings of Freud from Commander Thompson, Medical Corps, U.S. Navy. Discusses the action of releasing affect and criticizes results obtained from techniques other than Dianetics.
The basic cause of all human aberration is apparently the engram. There may be other causes more fundamental than the engram, but certainly to date they have not been discovered. Psychotherapy found out about locks, but did not know they were locks, and did not know to what the lock owed its power. Psychotherapists did know that when an individual was able to remember certain mentally painful incidents in his life, he became to some minute degree better.
Sigmund Freud discovered the lightest type of entheta, and although he placed his probes no deeper, an entrance was made into the field of human behavior. The secondary was discovered, but not identified in any way. By sheer observation of numberless cases it was found that once in a while, when a patient could be made to cry, the patient got better. The therapist did not know what the patient was crying about and neither did the patient, but the title of “release of affect”1 was assigned to this crying and much extraneous technology was developed around it.
Psychodrama and other techniques were developed in order to make the individual “release affect.” This was the second slight incursion into the field of human thought. It produced little beneficial result because secondaries were restimulated more often than they were relieved. Secondaries have to be run as engrams, with the preclear returning on the time track.
The leap which was made between psychotherapy and Dianetics did not gather force in psychotherapy but in an independent study of epistemology and thought as an energy. However, the basic teachings of Sigmund Freud, as relayed to me in the twenties by Commander Thompson, Medical Corps, U.S. Navy, who had studied with Sigmund Freud, considerably enhanced my desire for reexamination of thought in human behavior.
- In hypnoanalysis the well-conducted abreaction involving revivification, release of affect, interpretation, and often repetition, constitutes the prototype for resolving emotional blockage. Numerous writings regarding this technique are available (Comstock, 1986; Freud & Breuer, 1953; Kluft, 1988; Nichols & Zax, 1977; Spiegel, 1981; H. Watkins, 1980; J. Watkins, 1949, 1992; J. & H. Watkins, 1978) and will not be further described here. However, one case illustrating the directing of this emotional restructuring as focused on a single personality segment in a special way would be appropriate.