What’s Wrong With The Independent Field, Part 5: Psychs
There appears to be a thread in the Independent Field which is at least somewhat sympathetic to “psychs” (psychiatrists/psychologists). Again, I would advise caution.
There are those in the Field who reject or would soften LRH’s sweeping pronouncements regarding psychs in the present society and on the whole track. Let’s take these two subjects separately.
LRH said a fair number of things that I was unsure about. But then again, Ron grew up and was educated in a different era than I was, and had far more real world experience than I have. Not to mention, he was more observant and pragmatic than I am. Plus, he’d audited and C/Sed thousands of hours more than I (I’m not tech trained). So I’m inclined to give him the benefit of the doubt before I simply reject one of his claims.
For example, Ron held psychs down the track responsible for a great many bad things then and now. But it should be remembered, Ron spent considerable time and effort researching the whole track, more than most auditors or PCs/Pre-OTs have spent looking there. Is it possible that perhaps that search turned up some things you and I don’t know about the “psychs” on the whole track? It seems pretty clear that people on the whole track who implanted others could be considered the “psychs” of their societies, at least. (This doesn’t mean they were psychs lifetime after lifetime. Maybe some were and some weren’t.) I imagine that any group of “experts” which proclaimed to be able to control a population, and did so at the behest of that society’s rulers, could be considered the “psychs” of their societies as well. Whether they used machines, drugs, or propaganda to do so.
Psychs in this day and age still perform some incredibly damaging practices in the name of “help”. For example, Carrie Fisher (Princess Leia) regularly gets electro-convulsive therapy (ECT). If you’ve ever watched a recent interview with her, you realize that, if she wasn’t loony before, she sure is now. She has a memory about as long as your index finger because of all the ECT. And is blithely happy about the whole thing. She’s a complete spectator in her own life.
Are all psychs guilty of the above? Of course not. But the fact is that psychiatrists and psychologists carry forward a group of methodologies which do more harm than good. About the only “good” thing a psych might do is listen to “itsa” from the patient. Unfortunately, they don’t even do this without evaluating and invalidating. Psychs, factually, have no idea what they’re really dealing with or tampering with. A Dianetic auditor probably understands an order of magnitude more about the mind than the average psych, and Dianetics is just a mere fraction of the whole subject of the mind. And yet psychs are vested as the people in this society who are the “experts” in the mind. I imagine most of them know better, but they certainly, as a group, don’t disavow the power and faith bestowed upon them by being given this title. At best, this could be classified as “dishonest”.
Here’s another problem. You meet someone who’s a psych and find them to be friendly, intelligent, thoughtful, or whatever traits you consider “good”. And thus you conclude that perhaps there are some good psychs or somesuch. While I don’t want to invalidate anyone’s perceptions or condemn all those connected with the field under the same umbrella, it might be wise to consider that the best SPs are the ones who appear to be normal, sane, “good” people. They’re the ones who slip in under everyone’s rader and create the most havoc (often by getting other people to create the havoc). It’s always wisest to look at the associates and environment of people to determine whether they are “good” or not. Look at their products. Then decide whether they are worthwhile or not.
Early on, Ron tried to convince the psychs and medicos that Dianetics could assist them in resolving many of the problems they faced. While some individuals agreed with Ron, as a group they rejected Ron’s entreaties. Ron had researched both the medical and psychiatric/psychological approaches to the problems of Man and the mind. And had concluded that these fields really had no clue. At the same time, from his researches, he knew factually that Dianetics did resolve a number, if not a majority of these problems. So it stood to reason that if the motives of the medical and psych establishments were pure, they should embrace any proven solutions. And yet they didn’t. Instead, they began to attack Dianetics and Ron. This proved that their motives weren’t pure, and that they believed Dianetics was indeed workable (otherwise, why fight it?). Ron came to hold these people in particular contempt because they pretended to have the answers but were in fact lying, and couldn’t produce the products they claimed.
The answer? Ron attacked back. But the attacks against Dianetics, Scientology and Ron became more plentiful and vicious over time. Ultimately, in 1966, Ron instituted a full scale investigation into these attacks. The result was detailed in Ron’s Journal 1967: There were a dozen or so main SPs involved, they were intimately connected with governmnts, large newspaper chains and psych front groups.
Fast forward to today. The pharmaceutical industry has entered the fray with psychoactive SSRI (selective serotonin reuptake inhibitor) drugs prescribed for acne, quitting smoking, weight reduction and any of a number of other run-of-the-mill complaints. The use of amphetamine drugs like Ritalin has increased significantly in the treatment of psychological conditions such a Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD) and Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD).
(The current Church of Scientology may consider many of these drugs “psych drugs”, thus preventing people who have unwittingly consumed them from obtaining further Church services. These drugs really don’t compare with other vastly stronger, earlier psych drugs like Thorazine. So this is likely a mis-characterization.)
Psychs have infiltrated our school systems, the entertainment industry, government, advertising and a variety of other fields. And I think it’s fair to say that where they have gone, they’ve left damage in their wake. Examine current trends and practices in education. “Self-esteem” is among the most important things that must be preserved in our education system these days. Leading to games where there are no winners. Grading papers with something other than *red* ink, etc. There are plenty of books and news stories about the weird practices that are being pushed these days in education. Where do you think all this stuff comes from? Not from chemical engineers. Not from ballet dancers or the guys who assemble your car in Detroit.
Consider this relatively recent change in the approach of “Alcoholics Anonymous” (AA): addiction is now considered a “disease”. This opens the door to medicos and the pharmaceutical industry (and a subset of the psychs) treating alcoholism. But more importantly, it also means that you are no longer responsible for your addiction. After all, it’s a disease. (One has to wonder, how does one contract such a disease? Infected toilet seats? Inadequately disinfected cutting boards?) It’s not your fault that you drank yourself into a blind stupor time after time until you finally ran over that teenager by the side of the road. After all, you have a disease. Of course, no one has yet identified the vector (proximate agent) which causes this “disease”.
We now have PTSD (Post Traumatic Stress Disorder) (formerly “battle stress”), stemming from perhaps one of the most restimulative activities one could be involved in: war. It is supposedly amenable to a wide variety of drug treatments, etc. Of course, a few sessions of Dianetic auditing could save taxpayers millions in continuing treatments of victims.
Again, these conditions, approaches and treatments were not fostered by architects, mathematicians, chefs or musicians.
As LRH correctly points out, psychs have been given all the money, power and latitude you could imagine to resolve the problems of the mind, and yet they are no closer today to that goal than Wilhelm Wundt (the “father” of modern psychiatry) was. In fact, it could be effectively argued that they’ve created more problems than they’ve solved. In that light, it’s worth questioning whether any further search for “truth” within the field is worth it at all. Particularly when the answers to one’s search for truth are vastly more likely to be found in Dianetics and Scientology.
There’s a point where you have to consider whether the misconduct of a person (or profession) is due to simple ignorance/stupidity, or purposefully based on a desire to harm. At some point, when actions are repeated despite the obvious indications that they are harmful, you have to conclude that they no longer stem from ignorance.
At what point, in what kind of auditing, do we not hold the PC or Pre-OT responsible for what they’ve done?
If you’re interested, a delightful detailing of the origins of Dianetics and Scientology, including Ron’s early dealings with the medical and psych establishment, is the lecture The Story of Dianetics and Scientology. It’s Ron at his story-telling and candid best. A truly fun and funny talk from LRH.