Thirty four years ago, if someone came up to me and said the single source behind all irrationality had been located, I would’ve considered this person overly zealous, somewhat arrogant and well, perhaps a bit out of his mind. I was quite sure the world did not have its fingers on this kind of information.
And then I read: “Dianetics, The Modern Science of Mental Health.” I didn’t peruse or scan through the book. I didn’t listen to what someone else said about the book. I didn’t read the first few pages and decide I “knew” what it was all about. I read the book cover to cover. I then received some Dianetics counseling. Following that, I trained on Dianetics procedures and counseled others. From giving and receiving Dianetics counseling, I obtained a subjective and objective reality on the subject.
If someone asks me now if “the single source of all irrational behavior” has been located, I simply answer: “without the slightest doubt or reservation.”
Before you click away from this blog thinking I’m overly zealous or perhaps a bit arrogant, let me give you an explanation of what Dianetics is, how it works and why it works.
I won’t kid you. This is not a short post. In the “blog world,” this may be one of the longer posts you’ll see, but it’s going to reveal information that could be extremely helpful to your survival and I decided it was better to give you more than a cursory understanding.
First of all, a bit of a disclaimer. What I’m about to tell you is my understanding of Dianetics. It is based on my experiences and study of the subject. Ideally you’ll read the full and unedited version of Dianetics. If you prefer a more visual approach, get a copy of the DVD.
Okay, let’s start off with a very simple definition of irrational: “not based on clear thought or reason”
When we get into a very heated argument with someone, we know something irrational is happening. Each person may feel right about their side of the argument, but after things cool off, both kind of know things were said that were not based on “clear thought.”
When we say something “out of anger” to someone we love, more times than not we wish we hadn’t said it. We do get a fairly clear sense (usually afterwards) that something inside of us compelled us to be so unfriendly.
How many irrational fears are there? Well, determining how many people are on this planet may be a good starting point to answering that question. Each of us over the years has had some things we were backed off from (touchy or nervous about): physical objects or people or even subjects that we were fearful of in some way. And somehow it did not always make sense to us why we had that particular fear. In other words: irrational.
Irrational behavior? Well, how about a brief look through a history book. How many lives have been lost, how many countries have been overrun, how much destruction of property has occurred in the name of one of the most recurring irrational events on this planet? WAR as a solution to any human problem is the ultimate in irrational behavior.
Oh and people flying planes into buildings are not making religious statements. They are telling you how COMPLETELY irrational they are. And they are being helped by other COMPLETELY irrational people.
The desperately psychotic person does not, however, have a monopoly on irrational conduct.
How about a marriage? It starts off with a husband and wife in wonderful love with each other and in many cases grows into a lifelong relationship. But what about the marriages that end in messy, angry divorces? Is it possible there might be an irrational component when two people who love each other very deeply at the altar are filled with intense animosity for each other a few years down the road?
What about the married couple that has stayed together “despite it all” and barely speak to each other. Could there be something irrational happening here?
Kids are playing a great deal more organized sports these days. That sounds like a lot of fun. But what about the parent who rushes over to the coach and screams at him for taking their child out of the game?
Or the high school football player who knifes another player on the team because he was getting more playing time?
Or the high profile ice skater who orchestrates hurting a fellow skater so she’ll have a better opportunity to win a skating competition?
Do any of those examples speak of irrational conduct?
Then there’s the quiet guy next door that the neighbors never thought would commit such a horrible crime. The kid who shows up at school and guns down ten of his schoolmates. The disgruntled employee who uses the workplace as a killing field.
Yes, these last examples (war and bloodshed) are the furthest reaches of irrational conduct. But make no mistake about it; irrational thoughts and behavior are with us every day influencing a wide variety of our daily activities. Decisions are being made on all kinds of subjects, decisions not based on “clear thought or reason.”
Where does all of this irrational thought and conduct come from? Why do we feel compelled at times to act irrationally? Even more importantly, can we do something effective about this incredibly important area of our lives? We are all in some way affected by the irrational behavior of others and yes, our own irrational thoughts and actions. If there were a simple and effective way to greatly reduce and possibly eliminate irrationality from our lives, this would certainly be worth knowing about.
I spent a bit of time discussing the different forms “irrationality” can take, so let’s finally get to what Dianetics is, how it works and what it can do.
L. Ron Hubbard discovered that every one twenty-fifth of a second our mind creates a mental image picture. That mental image picture is a complete recording of everything we were able to perceive at that exact moment. Mr. Hubbard also discovered that we have many more “perceptics” than simply the basic five: sight, sound, taste, touch and smell. For example, we have a perception of heat or how hot something is (whether we touch it or not); we have a perception of weight or how heavy something is; and we have the ever-present perception of whatever emotion we may be experiencing. Mr. Hubbard actually located fifty-five (55) different perceptics that each one of us is capable of perceiving at any given time.
When any (or all) of these 55 perceptions are present, they are stored in these mental image pictures recorded by our mind. And using a bit of old school math, if our mind is making a mental image recording every one twenty-fifth of a second, that means that EVERY SECOND, the mind is creating 25 mental image pictures. And each and every one of these pictures is storing a good deal of information.
The good news is that is that many of these pictures are stored in an area of the mind where we can use them to make rational decisions in day-to-day life. This area of the mind is called the Analytical Mind. When pictures are stored here, we can look them over, review them and survival is enhanced by the frequent use of the Analytical Mind and its “contents.”
And yes, there is bad news. There is a section of the mind that is not “analytical” and this section of the mind is called the Reactive Mind. You’ve probably heard of other expressions: Unconscious Mind, Sub-Conscious Mind — I’ll cover in a bit why this part of the mind is called the “Reactive” Mind.
For now, it’s important to know that these pictures we record every one twenty-fifth of a second are stored somewhere. Some of them in the Analytical Mind and the others in the Reactive Mind. Where these pictures are stored has EVERYTHING to do with how happy we are, how rational or irrational we are, how we handle stress, how confidently we move through our lives or how filled with self-doubt our lives are.
The Reactive Mind may very well have been a helpful ingredient in man’s past. Going back to a much earlier time, let’s say a primitive man was walking along and he hears the rustling of some branches and out springs a tiger! He’s never seen a tiger before. He has no concept of danger yet. The tiger rushes the man and swats him in the arm, causing a deep cut. The man passes out and before the tiger can do more damage, another man comes onto the scene and hits the tiger with a rock, causing the animal to withdraw and run off.
Our assaulted primitive man finally comes to and does what he can to remedy the cut on his arm. But for a few minutes there, he was unconscious.
Guess what else was happening?
The Reactive Mind was recording (25 complete pictures per second) every perception that was available at that time. Yes, he was unconscious, but the Reactive Mind was busy doing what most likely it considered its job was: record everything faithfully so that this information could be helpful later on.
How would it be helpful later on? Well, if this man were walking along a few weeks, months or even years later and a similar tiger came onto his path, he would not have to THINK about anything. His Reactive Mind would help him REACT by instantly providing him with the mental pictures associated with the previous encounter. With these “helpful” images, our primitive man would be compelled to REACT by either running away or perhaps doing something to repel the tiger. Whatever he did, his Reactive Mind would be running the show for a while and it would all be along the lines of helping the person to REACT to the danger in this environment.
Whatever mental images that were recorded in this man’s Reactive Mind at the time of the first incident (pain, fear, the dripping of the blood on his arm, even the scratchy feeling of the ground beneath him as he lay unconscious), these very same images could be pressed back onto his consciousness weeks, months or years later when reminded of the first incident in some way.
The Reactive Mind may very well have been of some value to us a very long time ago, when we lived in a very primitive and DANGEROUS environment. But as time marched on and as man’s environment became less and less dangerous (for the most part) and as civilization evolved, the need for this Reactive Mind became less and less and eventually there really was no need for it whatsoever.
Except for one peculiar problem.
The Reactive Mind didn’t go away. It stayed with us and this area of the mind continues to store mental image pictures. And these particular mental image pictures are not helping us out. Quite the contrary.
When does the Reactive Mind “open up” and store pictures?
When we are unconscious. When we are partially unconscious. When we are experiencing a loss of some kind. There are a few more ways the Reactive Mind can store these mental images, but the key for now is that this area of the mind DOES store information and the information stored there DOES ABSOLUTELY NOTHING POSITIVE FOR US. Factually, the images and information stored causes ALL of the irrationality that you see in yourself and others.
Let me give you another example much closer to present time.
A six-year-old girl (we’ll call her Diane) is riding on her bicycle in front of her house having a wonderful time when the bike’s front tire hits a small stone causing the bike to abruptly stop. The girl lunges forward and hits the sidewalk fairly hard. She tries to break the fall with her elbow, but her forehead manages to hit the hard sidewalk as well and she goes unconscious for about thirty seconds.
During these thirty seconds, the following perceptions are recorded IN THE REACTIVE MIND:
1) The pain in her elbow that scraped the concrete surface of the sidewalk.
2) The intense pain on Diane’s forehead that also came into direct contact with the sidewalk.
3) There is the sound of running water from a faucet (this is coming through the open kitchen window that looks onto the front yard).
4) There is the faint sound of a train (going by in the distance).
5) There is the smell of the grass only a few inches away.
6) Her friend next door comes running by, sees her friend all crumpled on the sidewalk and cries out: “Oh Diane! You look horrible! You look horrible!”
All of these “perceptions” were present during the thirty seconds that Diane was unconscious and every single one of them was recorded in the Reactive Mind. There very well may have been other perceptions that the Reactive Mind recorded during this 30 second interval, but the perceptions above will serve for this particular example.
So Diane takes a bit of a spill but 30 seconds later she comes to, gets up, brushes herself off and heads for her house. She’s a bit griefy when she tells her mom what happens and her mom puts some ointment on her elbow and forehead, gives her a kiss for good measure and sends her off to get ready for dinner.
All in all, not a particularly unusual incident. Kids bump into each other and sometimes bump into concrete sidewalks. In this incident, however, we have thirty seconds of unconsciousness. Diane doesn’t remember ANYTHING that happened during that 30 seconds, but that’s common knowledge, right? When you’re unconscious you don’t recall what “happened” around you. Because you’re unconscious, right?
Well yes, and no.
The Reactive Mind was FULLY conscious. It faithfully recorded everything that “happened” and it is prepared to use this information to help Diane later on, if needed.
And the first time it appears to be needed is a mere 15 minutes later. Diane comes into the kitchen to see what’s for dinner and her mom turns on the very same faucet that was running during her period of unconsciousness. THE MOMENT the sound of that faucet is produced, Diane feels a tinge of pain in her elbow and forehead.
Because the Reactive Mind senses some “danger” in Diane’s environment. Not an enormous amount, but just enough for the Reactive Mind to bring back some of the other elements of that incident, in this case the pain in the elbow and forehead.
Diane reaches for her forehead and says to her mom, “Ouch, it still hurts!”
Does Diane (or her mom) know that the sound of the faucet was responsible for that new tinge of pain? Of course not. There is NO CONNECTION WHATSOEVER made between the sound of the faucet and the new sensations of pain.
The Reactive Mind thinks completely differently than the Analytical Mind. The Analytical Mind is able to evaluate information. It’s able to place more importance on certain pieces of information and less importance on others. It can sift through information, analyze it, and come up with rational conclusions. The Reactive Mind does NOT see differences in information. It sees only IDENTITIES. In other words, the pain in the elbow EQUALS the pain in the forehead which EQUALS the smell of the grass which EQUALS the sound of the running water which also EQUALS the voice tones AND the words from her friend next door, exclaiming “Oh Diane, you look horrible. You look horrible.”
All of these perceptions, from the point of view of the Reactive Mind, EQUAL each other. They are identical to each other in terms of importance. When the Reactive Mind hears that running water again, it senses “danger” and it pushes back onto Diane some or all of the rest of the incident’s content. In this case, the pain in the elbow and forehead. But it also may push back onto Diane’s consciousness the smell of the grass — she may get a perception of this smell and quickly dismiss it because it just doesn’t make sense to have that smell bouncing around inside of her.
What else might get pushed into Diane’s consciousness by the Reactive Mind?
Move to the front of the class if you answered: “Diane looks horrible!”
Yes, Diane may very well get that notion pushed back on her by this incredibly “helpful” Reactive Mind. And yes I am being quite sarcastic about the “helpful” quality of the Reactive Mind, which, as stated earlier, has NO VALUE WHATSOEVER to you, me or Diane.
So let’s move forward through time a bit, still using this example of Diane’s accident with the bike.
As the weeks and months go by, the following events occur in Diane’s life:
1) She walks to school every day and hears that same train going by.
2) She spends a LOT of time with her friend next door whose voice tones are quite distinct.
3) She rides her bike often on that same sidewalk.
4) Every so often, she hears the sound of the faucet running in the kitchen.
5) Whenever the grass is cut, it seems to give off a fairly strong smell (desirable to most of us, but unfortunately not so for Diane).
Because of these various “reminders” in the environment, the Reactive Mind keeps pressing the content of that seemingly insignificant 30-second incident into Diane’s consciousness. How does this kind of thing take form? Diane is having headaches more often than ever before. Sometimes they are quite severe. Her parents have taken her to different doctors but they are not able to find anything physically wrong.
By the way, if you were to survey a good number of doctors today, you might (or might not) be surprised to find out how many conditions they treat that they consider to be “psychosomatic” in origin. That simply means that the pain (somatic) has its origin in something mental (psychic). Hmm. That’s interesting.
Besides the recurring headaches, Diane is having some other difficulties. Diane happens to be a good-looking girl but since the bicycle accident, she has been having these thoughts that she just “looks horrible.” She can’t shake these thoughts. She looks in the mirror and no matter how pretty she actually IS, she comes away thinking she “looks horrible.”
You of course do realize that part of this 30 second incident in which the Reactive Mind was busy recording, part of the materials recorded were those very words “you look horrible” by her friend next door (who she sees every day and spends quite a bit of time with).
As more months (and even years) go by, her parents are really starting to get concerned. The headaches are more frequent and no matter what they (or Diane’s friends) tell her, she has become increasingly convinced that she looks horrible.
Three years after the bicycle accident, the family decides to go to the mountains for a well-deserved three-week vacation. When they get there, they find themselves in a very different environment. What is distinctly missing from this environment? The bicycle, the friend next door, the sidewalk, trains, and the sound of the faucet from their kitchen back home!
With all of these “reminders” no longer present, what does the Reactive Mind do? Well, it no longer senses the “danger” from the bicycle incident and it pulls back the content it has been pushing against Diane for the past three years. How does this show up in Diane’s life? Let’s find out…
“Mom, we’ve been on vacation now for almost a week and guess what? I haven’t had a single headache!”
“That’s great, honey! I’m so happy for you. Taking this vacation was a really great idea!”
“Yes, and mom, guess what else? I was looking at myself in the mirror this morning and well, I think I’m kind of pretty!”
Diane’s mom starts crying (tears of joy) and puts her arms around her cherished daughter, hugging her for several minutes. “Diane, you are indeed a very pretty girl and I can’t tell you what it means to me that you also feel that way.”
Diane and the rest of the family enjoy the rest of their vacation and then head home. What do you think happens when they return home? To the “reminders” that exist in the home environment? Unfortunately for Diane, the headaches return and so does this “crazy” notion that she looks horrible.
It is interesting to note that many people report feeling SO MUCH better when they take their vacation AWAY from their home environment. They feel refreshed, more alive, more aware. Well, now you know exactly why that is the case. When those “reminders” aren’t there reminding you of various parts of the Reactive Mind, then portions of the Reactive Mind simply recede into the background and the person feels much better as a result. This does not mean the Reactive Mind is gone — not yet. But its effects are greatly diminished, if only for a short period of time.
When Diane one day, say 5 years later or even 25 years later, receives some Dianetics counseling, the counseling will most likely address this bicycle incident. Using very exact Dianetics procedures, she will be able to “relive” this incident and ALL of the perceptions that were stored in the Reactive Mind during these 30 seconds will now be “refiled” in the Analytical Mind, where they have no harmful effects whatsoever.
And if there are no other incidents in the Reactive Mind that have to do with this specific pain in the head, then simply addressing this incident with Dianetics counseling can cause these recurring headaches to vanish. And when I say vanish, I do mean disappear. Go away. For good. Permanently.
If there are other incidents in the Reactive Mind with “head pain” as part of the content, then these may need to be addressed as well. The Reactive Mind could’ve recorded a 3 second episode when Diane got hit in the head with a hockey stick or even a 1 second incident when she bumped into another student while running in the halls at school.
The Reactive Mind doesn’t really care about the “length of time” of an incident. It could be very long. It could be very short. It will simply do its job and record whatever is there to record. And it will FURTHER do its job of making life difficult for us later on whenever one or more “reminders” occur in our environment.
Can it really be this simple? Can all of man’s irrationality really be traced to this idiotic Reactive Mind?
Now I am giving you here a very basic understanding of the Reactive Mind. Once again, I recommend getting a copy of the book. Or get yourself the audio version on CD. As an update: I highly recommend getting a copy of the DVD. That is superb at showing how this mind works and why it’s such a detriment in our daily lives.
In its simplicity, the Reactive Mind stores content that it then “pushes” at us later on in an effort to tell us we are in some kind of danger. But the sound of the running water from the kitchen faucet is not dangerous, nor is the sound of the train going by or the smell of the grass. And our best friend’s voice tones are definitely not a sign of danger. But to the Reactive Mind, they are. And until the Reactive Mind is addressed with Dianetics counseling, it WILL CONTINUE TO DO ITS JOB and that job brings about virtually all of the misery and unhappiness this planet has seen.
The Reactive Mind is responsible for an enormous multitude of “psychosomatic” illnesses. Headaches that just come and go. Pains that just mysteriously pop up on various parts of the body. Even eyesight problems have responded to Dianetics counseling. When an incident contains words along the lines of:
“I can’t see.”
“I’m having trouble seeing.”
Or even: “I don’t see how this happened.”
The Reactive Mind does not differentiate nor does it have the ability to evaluate “meanings” or “concepts.” It just records. So if a person were partially or wholly unconscious (for whatever period of time) and then words involving the ability to see were recorded by the Reactive Mind, then that unfortunate person may very well be wearing glasses later in life, even if poor vision wasn’t present in the entire family line. The Reactive Mind cares not who your parents were or what genes were passed on to you. You could safely say the Reactive Mind has a mind of its own!
It can be incredibly fascinating to someone receiving Dianetics counseling when they address an incident involving a fairly long surgery. They were unconscious for three hours and what a field day the Reactive Mind had. Three hours of recorded images. Well, let’s see, at 25 mental pictures recorded very second, 60 seconds in a minute and 60 minutes in an hour, that’s 90,000 mental images recorded in the Reactive Mind.
With the help of Dianetics, when the person “relives” this entire incident (of the 3 hour surgery) they find out what was said by the doctors around them, the music that might’ve been blaring, the noise of people coming in and out of the operating room and every other perception that may have been available during that 3 hour period.
As more and more physicians and surgeons find out about Dianetics, we find more and more “silent” surgeries being performed. The operating staff train on passing medical instruments as quietly as possible with talking kept to an absolute minimum or not at all.
When you hear of someone having a “silent” birth, this is what you know: The incident of birth includes some unconsciousness for both the mother and child and they want to keep the material that is inevitably recorded into their Reactive Minds to an ABSOLUTE MINIMUM.
Dianetics routinely addresses and GETS RID OF those fears and compulsions and unwanted (but oddly recurring) thoughts that drive people around the bend. I know quite a few very beautiful women who do not think they are pretty. Yes, beauty is in the eyes of the beholder, but when the facts are compelling, look to the Reactive Mind for odd behavior and opinions of oneself.
Do you have certain fears (or compulsions, nagging thoughts) that you’ve perhaps never mentioned to anyone? When these unwanted feelings and thoughts are affecting you is your reach and zest for life diminished?
Do you get unexplainable pains popping up at different, unexplainable times? Perhaps someone has given you an “explanation” for these pains, but they still haven’t gone away. Has someone told you WHY you have a particular fear, but the fear is still with you? Well, here’s something to consider: If you still have the nagging fear or recurring pain, then you simply haven’t found out EXACTLY why it’s there. Because when you do, it disappears. That’s the nature and power of Dianetics.
If what I’ve just relayed in this blog is true, or even close to true, then this is an ENORMOUS discovery. A discovery of earthshaking possibilities. This is a discovery that could dramatically change the lives of individuals and with enough application, could bring sanity to this planet.
Well, since the discovery of Dianetics by L. Ron Hubbard in 1950, thousands upon thousands of people’s lives have been changed for the better. And this kind of positive change is indeed having a positive impact on society. When you get rid of someone’s Reactive Mind you don’t just improve that one individual. The ripple effects can be quite significant. The wife is ecstatic that the husband is more expressive and caring. The children grow up in a saner environment (without those strange temper tantrums that dad once had). The employees love the fact that their boss is more tolerant and understanding. Ripple effects.
Dianetics works. Every day Dianetics is producing remarkable results. People address these strange incidents in their Reactive Mind and then their lives are dramatically improved. People are routinely getting rid of unexplained fears, guilt, jealousy, anger and whatever else they find objectionable about themselves.
And Dianetics works not because I say so. It works because millions of hours of Dianetics counseling later, there are countless people whose lives have been tremendously improved as a direct result of the Dianetics counseling.
Dianetics is based on scientific discoveries and research. The book is entitled: “Dianetics, The Modern Science of Mental Health.” The book continues to be a best seller year in and year out.
Dianetics is NOT psychology, psychotherapy or psychiatry. Dianetics does not use hypnotism nor does it use drugs of any kind. You are awake and alert during Dianetics counseling. The Dianetics counselor does not sit back after a few sessions (or even just one session) and tell you what your problem is. The Dianetics counselor simply guides you to these various incidents so that you can safely and easily relive them.
Doing so produces results that are more than satisfying to people.
Can you imagine what it’s like for someone who has been having intensely painful migraine headaches for 15 years? Well imagine what it’s like for that same person after they’ve received some Dianetics counseling and those headaches are gone. GONE. Not for a few days or a few weeks. Years later, they still have not returned. I’m not sure how long you’d have to wait to be satisfied the migraines aren’t coming back, but the guy with the migraines is much happier EVERY day that they’re not a part of his life.
Dianetics also works regardless of the opinion of “experts.” Let me explain that with an example: I’m standing in front of 25 radio technicians and in my hand is a broken radio. I then proceed to fix the radio right in front of them. If I then turn the radio on and it plays beautifully, what would you think if one of the 25 “experts” then yelled out: “you don’t know what you’re doing! You’re not trained in radio repair. You couldn’t possibly have fixed that radio!” What would you think of this expert? For me, he’d have lost his “expert” status right then and there.
L. Ron Hubbard discovered exactly how the Reactive Mind works and developed exact procedures to address and get rid of it. When those exact procedures are applied, people’s lives are improved. Tremendously improved.
Thank you for taking the time to read all the way through this. If enough of this has rung true for you, I recommend that you get a copy of the Dianetics book and the DVD and discover what Dianetics can do for you.