Author: Hubbard, L. R.
Document date: 1951, 15 August
Document title: The Tone Scale
Document type: lecture transcript
Event: Special Course in Human Evaluation
Location: Wichita, Kansas
Document ID: 5108C15B
Description: Hubbard gives a case history of a patient at Bethesda Naval Hospital named James Forrestal, who jumped out of a window following an upsetting experience with a psychiatrist; Hubbard implies that a psychiatrist gave him a shove out the window.
James Forrestal1 was never more pleasant than when he sent the hospital corpsman away from his door so he could jump sixteen stories to the skylights below. Psychiatry–excuse me for using–I shouldn’t use dirty words; forgive me. Some of the doctors there in charge of his case had walked in and had found him in a rather antagonistic and angry mood and they had been able to suppress him down into this band. They left him there and walked out and thought they’d done a good job. Nobody encouraged his anger or his revolt.
He was the best brains the navy ever had. The navy’s really practically lost its identity since Forrestal went out. And nobody encouraged his anger, nobody tried to bring him up any Tone Scale; they just gave him a shove to cheer him up and he went out the window.
Hubbard, L. R. (1951, 15 August). The Tone Scale. Special Course in Human Evaluation, (5108C15B). Lecture conducted from Wichita, Kansas.
- Wikipedia: James Forrestal ↩
- Elsewhere Hubbard claimed that he conducted research at Bethesda Naval Hospital in 1949. ↩
- Hubbard mentions Forrestal in Science of Survival: “The death of James Forrestal, who had been driven into apathy by overwork, is an illustrative case not only of what happens when authoritarian methods and incarceration are used as “treatment” but of the complete deceptiveness of which the apathy case is capable. Forrestal had not seemed so pleasant and relieved for some months as he did an hour before he threw himself from the tower of the Bethesda Naval Hospital and fell sixteen flights to his death on the concrete and glass below. Thus perished one of the most brilliant managers and champions of the United States Navy. And other suicides, great and not so great, stack like cordwood before the back alleys of authoritarian ‘therapy.'” ↩