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To serve his own purpose of psychological manipulation, Ron Hubbard misdefined a well known clinical term “psychosis” – the description that evidently became the basis for his notions of SP and PTS. In the reference below, Hubbard describes a “psychotic” in a very similar way as he later described an “anti-social personality” (see Social and Anti-Social Characteristics):
In the next bulletin, Hubbard states that:
About 15 percent to 20 percent of the human race apparently is insane or certainly a much higher percent than was estimated.
In this reference he also links psychosis to the same symptoms as for a PTS Condition as well as to continuous destructive actions and departures which unavoidably brings the theme of Overts and Withholds into the mix. In here, Ron Hubbard also brings up the concept of insanity and effectively ruins it by limiting it to a very narrow definition:
INSANITY IS THE OVERT OR COVERT BUT ALWAYS COMPLEX AND CONTINUOUS DETERMINATION TO HARM OR DESTROY.
Note, that one of the main goals of Dianetics was the resolution of insanity – yet Ron Hubbard never properly defined it. How can a problematic condition be resolved without first developing a clear understanding of the very nature of the problem? This is why I developed the page SANITY AND INSANITY with simple functional definitions.
In a later reference, Ron Hubbard further misrepresents and discredits clinical understanding of psychosis and arbitrarily links it to an evil, destructive purpose which leads to destructive activity.
Get this, according to Hubbard in the above reference as many as 25% of humanity may be psychotic – that is, according to Hubbard’s definition of the term – harboring evil purposes and engaging in destructive activities. That’s 1 in 4 persons. This sounds quite insane (within a more proper definition of the term).
When everything is said and done, Ron Hubbard actually occludes a true understanding of insanity and conditions like psychosis and psychopathy and instead groups everything into one pile in order to stigmatize and vilify anyone with a hostile disposition toward Scientology itself.
Hubbard slips up in one place where he states that:
The progress of psychosis then begins with a belief something is evil.
This points to a faulty PERCEPTION as being the ultimate cause behind the formation of (harmful) intention and resulting (destructive) actions. Hence, using PERCEPTION as a reference point, a much simpler, clearer and ultimately more correct understanding of INSANITY and various conditions such as PSYCHOSIS can be developed – as being linked to the quality of someone’s thinking and perception. See following pages for further analysis:
Also, there is an earlier reference on this subject – HCOB 18 DEC. 1957 PSYCHOSIS, NEUROSIS AND PSYCHIATRISTS [color] – that follows a rather different logic (more in line with 1950’s Scientology about CAUSE and EFFECT). Though there might be something to it, overall it seems to be too abstract and does not describe the actual realities of mental conditions such as psychosis and neurosis nor does it provide a clear definition of insanity, and yet it purports to be literally “THE ONLY THING THERE IS TO UNDERSTAND about neurotics and psychotics” which is stated in Ron Hubbard’s usual thought limiting phraseology. At best, this reference can be used as an additional explanation to consider when assessing the actual underlying nature of these conditions.
It should also be noted that in this earlier reference – HCOPL 06 OCTOBER 1958 WHO CAN BE PROCESSED WHO CAN BE TRAINED [color] – Ron Hubbard defined INSANE as “Having been pronounced insane by a psychiatrist or being incapable of any responsibility for social conduct.”
Overall, it is obvious that the later writings from Ron Hubbard have little to do with developing a true science of the mind and spirit, even though it may approximate it on the surface (in appearance), but everything to do with his obsessive effort to try to block people from even considering any kind of criticism or destructive action toward himself and “Scientology” which is basically a stream of his recorded assertions and directions, along with his organizations and mind controlled followers.
To block people from disagreeing, criticizing or attacking and getting them into agreement and compliance seems to be the main intention of Ron Hubbard’s later work.
In fact, Hubbard began using the label of “psychotic” for the purpose of enforcing compliance as evidenced by HCOB 25 AUGUST 1960 NEW DEFINITION OF PSYCHOSIS where he basically linked the label psychotic to inability to “receive and follow orders and directions.” Later he doubled down on the negative identity labeling for not following orders with another crafty label – a degraded being: HCOB 22 MARCH 1967 ALTER-IS AND DEGRADED BEINGS [color].
Formal definitions of PSYCHOSIS correctly identify and describe the condition as relating to LOSS OF CONTACT WITH REALITY which basically has to do with the quality of one’s mental functioning and the resulting THINKING, PERCEPTION and BEHAVIOR.
This means that a psychotic condition can be brought about through indoctrination and psychological conditioning targeting (the formation of) thought and perception along with dictates for action based on such (conditioned, programmed) thoughts and perception – see section CONDITIONED PSYCHOSIS on page Problematic Conditions.
Sample professional definitions:
Psychosis is a condition that affects the way your brain processes information. It causes you to lose touch with reality. You might see, hear, or believe things that aren’t real. Psychosis is a symptom, not an illness. A mental or physical illness, substance abuse, or extreme stress or trauma can cause it.
The word psychosis is used to describe conditions that affect the mind, where there has been some loss of contact with reality. When someone becomes ill in this way it is called a psychotic episode. During a period of psychosis, a person’s thoughts and perceptions are disturbed and the individual may have difficulty understanding what is real and what is not. Symptoms of psychosis include delusions (false beliefs) and hallucinations (seeing or hearing things that others do not see or hear). Other symptoms include incoherent or nonsense speech, and behavior that is inappropriate for the situation. A person in a psychotic episode may also experience depression, anxiety, sleep problems, social withdrawal, lack of motivation, and difficulty functioning overall.
Initial draft of this material was published on CivilizationUpgrade.com as part of page “PTS/SP Technology” on October 15th, 2014. The material was enhanced and moved to ScientologyAnalsysis.com on June 25, 2020.