Author: Hubbard, L. R.
Document title: Associate Newsletter No. 3
Document date: mid-May 1953
Document type: Associate newsletter
Book title: The Technical Bulletins of Dianetics and Scientology
Location: Los Angeles
Publisher: Bridge Publications, Inc.
Description: Hubbard outlines the curriculum for his doctorate course, which includes reviews of Freudian psychoanalysis, General Semantics, philosophy as represented by Will Durant, and an outline of psychology, experimental psychology and psychiatry.
We are about to do a terrible thing to the general morale of psychotherapists in America. I have just gotten through a complete review of Freudian psychoanalysis, and I find out, Lord knows how he did it, that Sigmund Freud was hitting some very hot buttons. He was not hitting the button and he was not hitting buttons which had any therapy value with any technique he could possibly have invented. I don’t know how psychoanalysis has survived as long as it has, but the techniques with which he was fooling around and the computations on which he was working were so wide apart that it is a wonder that he didn’t produce complete raving insanity on the part of about 80% of his people. Any and every diagnostic conclusion drawn by Sigmund Freud can be found to have validity and can be processed in the preclear. This is not the fastest way to clear preclears, but it certainly is the fastest way to get into the sordid depths of the reactive mind and stir it around. Running reaching and suppression with all the Freudian diagnostic labels converted into Scientology finds us capable of resolving any problem in psychoanalysis. We can do a two years’ psychoanalysis and do it properly and correctly in any small number of hours. Now, if you’re very bright, you can figure out from that what we are about to do. This is extra-curricular and in addition, but it certainly does suddenly monopolize psychotherapy. Freud’s books certainly are doing well out there on the bookstores.
The additional training, aside from a brush-up for the individual in the doctorate school, will include, according to my present plans here, a fast review of Freudian psychoanalysis to the end of obtaining a fast and certain command of diagnosis and definition as outlined by Sigmund Freud. Next a command of philosophy as represented in the books of Will Durant which give a fast and accurate review. Next, a fast glance through of general semantics, although it looks at this time as though I will have to write a short enough book as none of the books now existing are sufficiently comprehensive to be susceptible to easy teaching. Further, we have made certain changes in the subject. Next, a history of psychotherapy. Next, an outline of psychology, experimental psychology and psychiatry as practiced. Next, a short look at a study of giant brains of the electronic type.1, 2
Hubbard, L. R. (1953, mid-May). Associate Newsletter No. 3. The Technical Bulletins of Dianetics and Scientology, (1991 ed. Vol. II, pp. 65-72). Los Angeles: Bridge Publications, Inc.
- There is no such curriculum in Scientology. The “Philadelphia Doctorate course” curriculum centers around a series of lectures Hubbard gave in Philadelphia starting in December 1952. ↩
- See also: Associate Newsletter Nos. 4, 5 and 6, published in Volume II of the Technical Bulletins of Dianetics and Scientology, 1991 edition. ↩