Hysterical Hyper-Sight, and Other Lost Concepts of Dianetics - 2013-04-18
Welcome to our ongoing project, where we blog a 1950 first edition of Scientology's bible, Dianetics, with the help of ex-Scientologist, Bay Area lawyer, blogger, and author Vance Woodward. Go here for the first post in the series.
Vance, in the chapter "Diagnosis," L. Ron Hubbard gets down to specifics, instructing an auditor how to assess the preclear that he'll be counseling.
We were surprised when Hubbard suddenly started talking about hysterical blindness and hysterical deafness. Both are outdated concepts that became popular as diagnoses in the 19th century. Today, doctors refer to them as conversion disorder, but the idea of someone being totally blind or deaf from "hysteria" seems a dated idea.