Psychiatry and Scientology
by L. J. West , M.D.
originally published in The Southern California Psychiatrist, July 1990, pp. 13-16.
The Church of Scientology began as a pseudo-scientific healing cult, Dianetics, described by L. Ron Hubbard, a science fiction writer, in his best-selling book “Dianetics: The Modern science of Mental Health” (1950). At first, Dianetics attracted followers by promising to cure psychiatric and psychosomatic disorders through a procedure called “dianetic auditing,” based on pop-psychology, hypnosis, and cybernetics. Hubbard’s theory as based on the principle that people can achieve health through abolishing (“clearing”) negative influences (“engrams”) from their minds by going back (often to the womb) on a “time rack” while in a dianetic reverie” in the presence of a listening “auditor.” The subject is hooked up to a simple psychogalvanometer, called an “E-meter,” which displays galvanic skin responses (GSRs) to questions posed by the auditor. Emotionally charged items are then addressed. […]
West, L. J. (July 1990) Psychiatry and Scientology. caic.org.au. Retrieved on 15 February 2011 from http://www.caic.org.au/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=932&Itemid=12.