Author: Hubbard, L. R.
Document date: 1952, 11 December
Document title: Structure/Function: Selective Variations
Document type: lecture transcript
Event: Philadelphia Doctorate Course
Location: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Document ID: PDC-36
Description: Hubbard talks about hypnotizing staff at St. Elizabeths; claims part of his research was using hypnosis to selectively vary structure.
For instance, I had a…very amusing one time; I talked to the staff at Saint Elizabeths. If you can place somebody in time and space – we can put it out now – if you can place somebody in time and space with great accuracy and then put a monotony on it, damnedest things happen.
So I talked to these people from Saint Elizabeths, a spin-bin down around Washington, talked to the staff. And I was very careful to talk to the staff in a certain way – and put ’em to sleep.
Uh…hypnosis bears a considerable resemblance to sleep and a person knows…any auditor knows when he’s dealing with a hypnotic subject. Any auditor should know something about hypnosis because it’s a very standard set of something or other. There are various things that will happen. The breathing will become shallow, and uh…the next thing that happens is their eyes will roll back up in their heads, like that, or roll down like this. And their eyelids will go flicker, flicker, flicker, flicker, flicker. And uh..if you do anything that makes people do that, and you’ve got them hypnotized, that’s all.
There’s various methods used. You just capture their perceptic line and you’re the only one in whom they’re on agreement. You’ve just separated their agreement from the rest of the world and they think you’re the only one, see? Very simple.
Then be careful never to remind them that there’s any other part of the world with which to agree – don’t do as I do here. I talk about this field and that field and some other field. And it spots it around, and it requires…you…you go all over the doggoned space area, see? Well, that keeps people awake, and it keeps them alert and they keep learning. Otherwise they just get to be a phonograph record. You could just turn them on and they go “Yap-yap-yap-yap-yap-yap-yap” and they run the whole lecture off verbatim and they haven’t got anything there at all. All right. Now hypnotism could then selectively vary structure. Anybody for the last 120 years could have carried out this research project. This is not a special project and it’s not anything unroutine. This was carried out as a routine piece of research. Routine.
Hubbard, L. R. (1952, 11 December). Structure/Function: Selective Variations. Philadelphia Doctorate Course, (PDC-36). Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.