Author: Hubbard, L. R.
Document date: 1950, 19 June
Document title: Handling of Cases
Document type: lecture transcript
Event: Professional Course
Location: Elizabeth, New Jersey
Document ID: 5006C19A
Description: Hubbard lectures on handling psychotic cases with hypnotism, flashing lights and narcosynthesis.
The state of reverie is actually just a name. It is a label introduced to make the patient feel that his state has altered and that he has gone into a state where his memory is very good, or where he can do something he couldn’t ordinarily do before. The actuality is that he is able to do it all the time anyway. It is not a strange state. The person is wide awake, but merely by asking him to close his eyes he is technically in reverie. He might be stuck somewhere on the track, unable to move, but this does not mean he is not in reverie. Also, counting sometimes produces a light hypnosis back of the reverie which is sometimes helpful on a case.
Take a psychotic (who is already stuck on the track someplace) and tell him that you are now going to hypnotize him, and you will notice that he will very often giggle a little bit and try to swing out of it and make up some reason or other why he can’t go to sleep. You cannot put anybody into a trance when he is stuck somewhere down the track, and is in general badly aberrated against going to sleep. Hypnosis is not sleep, it is another mechanism. As a result, you can get things from a psychotic or a severely neurotic person by pretending to make the effort without carrying the effort all the way on through. It is a matter of suggestion rather than fact.
You will occasionally find severely neurotic people who don’t work well, who are very upset, and they will become quieter when you have counted at them for a while. But they are not in a good, solid trance.
In the treatment of a real full-blown psychotic, the use of deep trance is handy to know. You will be able to use it occasionally. In such a state it is even allowable to use actual hypnosis if it is possible to procure any results from it. So hypnosis has some value, but it has value only to a professional auditor who really knows what he is doing (who should limit himself mostly to questions). He should not attempt anything like a late physically painful incident. What he should try to get is painful emotion. If he can spill painful emotion in deep trance or even in narcosynthesis, he has achieved a gain in the case. This is for a very special tough type of case that will not surrender and which is not accessible.
Additionally, one can fix the attention of a severely neurotic or psychotic person with a flashing light by using a system of rotating mirrors.
An interesting binocular effect can be created by a device which goes over the eyes and pins around to the back of the head, and in which the patient is looking forward at two flashing lights. Although the front of it is blank, these two lights flash continuously.
At that point the person may start to manifest something new. He is not being hypnotized; it’s as though the engram which is underlying the place where he is stuck on the track is now given a chance to penetrate through. On a psychotic you will get weeping and wailing, using this device, which is very valuable in locating what the patient is stuck in.