Author: Hubbard, L. R.
Document date: 1950, 16 August
Document title: Affinity, Reality, Communication
Document type: lecture transcript
Event: Los Angeles Foundation Lectures
Location: Los Angeles, California
Document ID: 5008C16
Description: Hubbard compares his therapy to Catholic confession, free association and psychoanalysis.
We appear to our observers and to the preclear to be very clever, because it is sometimes miraculous the sudden results that can be gotten from this. It is so astonishing that the auditor
knew right there that this person’s grandmother must have been dead and so on. He appears to have been psychic. It’s a good show, but you don’t have to be very clever to do it. You do
have to pay attention to its basic fundamentals and never let the processing deteriorate into casual conversation or reminiscing on the part of the preclear.
Somebody can sit there and talk to you about fishing trips for hours. He can talk to you about what he thought somebody might have thought because they said, and he guessed, and he is
not sure but that’s fine, and he had a Buick car once. And when you get through maybe he feels fine. He has talked to somebody. Well, people feel that fine every time they go to a party, if they don’t have too bad a hangover, because they talk to people.
Communication all by itself is a kind of therapy. The Catholic confession is a more positive type of therapy. Free association and psychoanalysis in general have as an ingredient the establishment of communication with another human being. But the next thing psychoanalysis sought to do was to go through and ransack a person’s hidden memories, and it unfortunately specified the wrong things to remember in some cases which slowed down the technique, so that it takes two or three years sometimes to completely psychoanalyze a person. Well, we haven’t got two or three years to spend so we speeded this thing up.
Hubbard, L. R. (1950, 16 August ). Affinity, Reality, Communication. Los Angeles Foundation Lectures, (5008C16). Lecture conducted from Los Angeles, CA.