Author: Hubbard, L. R.
Document date: 1950, 15 June
Document title: Sound and Aberration
Document type: lecture transcript
Event: Professional Course
Location: Elizabeth, New Jersey
Document ID: 5006C15A
Description: Hubbard advises on the processing of psychotic cases; mentions a nymphomaniac's behavior during processing.
When you are working a psychotic, you will find that you are very often working with enormous sound volume. The sound volume that a psychotic, particularly a manic-depressive in full swing, can pick up is almost unbelievable. One wouldn’t think that a human voice could make such a racket. If you haven’t run into such a case, take even an incipient psychotic and you will understand what I mean.
If the person’s analytical level is pretty low and you take them back to an incident, you will find them going through the valences in the incident. Now they are Mama, and now they are Papa, and you will find them talking in the voices of Mama and Papa too. You may also find that if you run into such a thing as birth, the psychotic will be screaming Mama’s screams, with enormous volume. This to an auditor is very, very uncomfortable. The case can be further complicated by this.
Let us say this auditor has his own birth still in place, he is now hearing a woman’s screams of birth. Possibly his own birth contained screams. As a result he gets a full blast, containing not only the analytical shutdown effect of the carrier wave, but also the restimulation of his own birth engram, and he can just about be knocked apart at the seams. Further, there seems to be a strange phenomenon with regard to the impact of emotion. Without getting supernatural, it’s almost as if there is an actual radiation occurring, although there is no real proof of this. Some of these things are merely observations. But it is as though you get waves of terror emotion coming off people quite in addition to the restimulation involved in the engrams. That, too, can serve to shake a man up. Therefore it is inadvisable to handle a screaming psychotic until one is very well on the road to clear. Even at this time, I myself will not take on a psychotic when I can possibly avoid it who is of the loud volume type, because I find out that I have to sit down and run myself through the session afterwards to turn my analyzer back on.
The words will be caught up in the midst of the screams and the yells. It is nothing, of course, when you are working on a psychotic for him to suddenly spring up or hit you or startle you. So you are always on the qui vive. You have got tension toward this psychotic and although he may work very quietly for a while he may suddenly switch into another valence and leap up.
The auditor’s awareness wearies. It is not true that attention would do so, but the tension has his endocrine system set up so that it could be triggered. He is continually ready to be scared and to rebuff this patient’s attack on him.
However, if the auditor is clever with a psychotic, he can switch him into valence, rapidly. Just repeat what the psychotic is saying in some other valence and the psychotic will switch over to a wilder one. Repeat what he is saying in the wild valence, and the person will sometimes go over to a mild valence. Then such a person will also make irrational requests of the auditor such as, “Now if you’ll say ‘I want you to,’ I will do it.” And the auditor of course says, “Yes, I want you to repeat this.” On the working of psychotics, you just agree with them. You are extremely agreeable about the whole thing. One keeps on working calmly and mildly. About 10 minutes out of an hour is effective with a psychotic. If you are working a nymphomaniac, she may be all over you, and you just get her back on the couch and get a few more repeats.
The only advantage to a psychotic usually is that he or she is talking exclusively out of the engrams in which he or she is held. He or she is going through the same valences.
So, all the auditor has to do is make a list of the phrases that the psychotic is uttering, and take those phrases he has uttered which are holders, or which are things that would press him back down the track, and just have him repeat them, because he is already there. But psychotics are not good people to work, and don’t try to work them under sedation when you can use stimulants such as coffee, or Benzedrine.
I am referring to institutionalized psychotics here, but I am telling you because sooner or later in your auditing career somebody is going to take you by the nape of the neck and have you come over and see Aunt Bessie. You are going to walk into the back bedroom, and there you are going to find Aunt Bessie who is a screaming psychotic. Or at least she appears so the instant you start her back down the track. The person is so close to going off that they go off during therapy.
Hubbard, L. R. (1950, 15 June). Sound and Aberration. Professional Course, (5006C15A). Lecture conducted from Elizabeth, New Jersey.