Author: Hubbard, L. R.
Document date: 10 June 1950
Document title: Dianetics: First Lecture Of Saturday Course
Document type: lecture transcript
Event: Professional Course
Location: Elizabeth, New Jersey
Document ID: 5006C10
Description: Hubbard discusses Dianetics and epileptiform seizures; gives a case history of a psychiatrist going into an an epileptiform seizure during Dianetics auditing.
Now there we have an actual injury to the child. He has command somatics, but those command somatics are sitting on an actual injury. The injury, evidently, has to be actual before it can be imaginary or an engramic command.
In a severe case the production of convulsions and so forth can be accomplished if the convulsions are present. It is very simple to do so.
I was talking to a psychiatrist about it and he said, “As a matter of fact, there’s nothing to producing one, particularly.” He wanted to go into therapy, and take a run up and down the track. So I took him back into the basic area. Nothing was happening, but as he came back up the line again, a phrase flashed into his mind. So I told him to repeat it to see if he had contacted anything, and he went into an epileptiform seizure. He really stood on his heels and the back of his neck. Every time he repeated this phrase he would go right straight back into the seizure. When I brought him up to present time he said,”Yes, that’s the sort of thing I mean.”
And he said it was a strange fact that just repeating any word like that would put one into a convulsion.
So I said, “All right. Repeat ‘bananas.”‘ So he repeated “bananas” and lay there quietly. “All right, repeat ‘I hate you.”‘ So he repeated it several times and lay there quietly. Finally I said,”Now say, ‘My poor little boy.”‘ Wham! He went right into the convulsion again. That phrase was the key to the button. There was an incident in his case of a time when he was 4 years of age when he went over to the stove and pulled a whole pot of scalding water down onto himself that went all over his head and so on, and he evidently developed a convulsion at that moment.
But there are various kinds of seizures. The seizure may be well up the bank around 1 month old, and it won’t release at that point because it is a dramatization of something earlier. And a patient can be put into it and out of it, and into it and out of it, and into it and out of it, and it seems to push-button forever. Whereas if you get the earlier manifestation of convulsion, and put him into it a few times, you will get an erasure.