Blog: Science Vs. Pseudoscience: A Brief History of How Scientology's E-Meter Came Into Existence – Part 3 - 2020-03-21
1950: Dianeticist Thomas Rother is photographed in a "Dianetic Reverie" during which he examines and discharges the contents of his reactive mind. The photographer for the Minneapolis Star obviously worked intently to get a few close ups in order to show Thomas Rother's intense range of emotions during his Dianetic reverie. Photo from the story "Can we doctor our minds at home?" St. Louis Post-Dispatch (St. Louis, Missouri) · Sun, Oct 29, 1950 · Page 128
Prior to launching his book Dianetics: The Modern Science of Mental Health on May 9, 1950, L. Ron Hubbard refined his auditing techniques by experimenting on many people over a period of several years. As mentioned previously, Hubbard's original Dianetics methodology was based upon his fusion of hypnotism, Freudian psychotherapy, and Sargant's systematic trauma reduction. While there were other influences, Hubbard's early writing credits Freud and others, employs hypnosis, and Sargant's work can easily be inferred. There was never any psychogalvanometer present in Hubbard's original system of Dianetics.
L. Ron Hubbard's original Dianetics technique was to put his "patients" as he called them, into a light hypnotic state. Hubbard denied this was hypnosis and instead called it a "Dianetic reverie." In a Dianetics reverie, the auditor would take the patient back into an engram. Hubbard defined an engram as a mental image picture that contains pain and unconsciousness. The auditor would assist the preclear (preclear = the person being audited) to bring the pain and unconscious content of the engram into full consciousness in order to re-experience it over and over until the engram erased. The preclear was left with full memory of the incident, but there would no longer be any pain, fear, or other negativity associated with the memory. Hubbard claimed this in Dianetics: