Hubbard quotes on psychiatry and psychology

It has been alleged that Scientology doctrine requires that psychiatrists and psychologists must be destroyed. With this page I would like to make the case that it is highly likely that indeed Scientology has that as primary target. After all if Scientology's aim is a world "without criminals", and they regard psychiatrists and psychologists to be terrorists and the very cause of all crime, equally reprehensible as Hitler and Stalin, then what would they do with them to achieve that aim?

The founder of Scientololgy/Dianetics, L. Ron Hubbard, had the answer: "get rid of the psychs!"

Whatever the scientologists plan to do with our psychiatrists and psychologists, they hate them with an irrational ideological passion. For example scientologist, and wanaby "Dr." Tom Cruise has said that "psychiatry should be outlawed" and he condemned actress Brooks Shields for talking freely in her book Down Came the Rain about taking antidepressants to help her cope with post-partum depression. Shields told "Dr." Tom Cruise he "should stick to saving the world from aliens and let women who are experiencing postpartum depression decide what treatment options are best for them."

Another extremist is scientologist Craig Jensen, CEO of Executive Software (now renamed to Diskeeper Corporation), who gave the company the policy of "refusing to license software to psychiatrists or psychiatric institutions" and went as far to deny Ciba-Geigy technical support. Thereby they are propagating a hatred that is shared by Scientology's Citizens Commission on Human Rights (CCHR).

Elli Perkins, killed by her son. Image courtesy Mental Health Matters Now
Image courtesy Mental Health Matters Now

It is this stance which bans reaching out to the mental health field for help, that has in my opinion caused the tragedies of scientologists who should have been on medication, but weren't, when they killed their own parent. And how many mothers will refrain from using medication because "Dr." Cruise talked them out of it and harmed their baby? We will probably never know but I bet these people and Tom Cruise aren't aware that the man who fueled the anti mental health hate, L. Ron Hubbard himself, in fact did plead for psychiatric help when he needed it. Such was the hypocrisy of the reclusive cult-leader who died in 1986, but whose often hateful writings are considered as carved in stone wisdom to this very day by his followers.

But beware, your child may be next to be affected by the Scientology beliefs, as Salon Magazine reported on July the 1st, in Scientology's war on psychiatry and Mental Health Matters PAC reports on Scientology bills introduced by members of the Arizona state legislature.


Hubbard on psychiatry and psychology

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HCO Technical Bulletin of 22 July 1956, _Technical Bulletins_, volume 2, first printing 1976, pages 473-474

"4. We know more about psychiatry than psychiatrists. We can brainwash faster than the Russians (20 secs to total amnesia against three years to slightly confused loyalty).

"5. We can undo whatever psychiatrists do, even the tougher grade from away back. We therefore can undo a brainwash in 25 to 75 hours."

L. Ron Hubbard, "A Critique of Psychoanalysis - Continued", 24 July 1956. Professional Auditor's Bulletin 93.
"The most harmful example of this [evaluation] is to find someone upset, for instance, about his father, and then explain to him, as the analyst does, that his father is probably a very good man and meant all for the best. To do this is to throw the patient into an apathy. As apathy is at least quiet, it has in later years been considered a desire- able state for people who might have some socially destructive im- pulses. Apathy became, then, the end goal of later analysts, and is, of course, the only goal of the psychiatrist. " [...]

"One looks in vain for actual authentic records of improvement of cases because of psychoanalytic sessions. While the psych-analyst is very anxious to have us in Dianetics validate our science, he himself has never validated his. Had he done so, we would have to hand an accurate record of cases tested before analysis and after analysis."

Hubbard taped lecture of 13 Nov 1956, "Aberration and The Sixth Dynamic", catalog #5611C13 15ACC-22
"But now, if you really want to make one worse, I'm afraid that you have to go in for mechanical assists. I think you do. I think it takes a mechanical assist like a fist, or it takes[...] Well, I'll tell you the best one I know; how's that? The best one I know is to take a sheet of glass and put it in front of the preclear -- clear, very clear glass -- which is supercooled, preferably about a -100 centigrade. You got that? Supercooled, you know? And then put the preclear right in front of this supercooled sheet of glass and suddenly shove his face into the glass. Now, that's pretty good. I mean, that was developed about five billion years ago by a whole-track psychiatrist. [...]

"The mechanism of brainwashing which I gave you, with supercold mechanisms and so forth, is very well known, was used very extensively in the Maw Confederation of the Sixty-third Galaxy. They had a total psychiatric control of all of their officers and executives, and when they got tired of them they used this specific method of brainwashing."

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Sec ED, Office of LRH, Confidential, "Project Psychiatry", 22 Feb 1966 [doc link]

"A psychiatrist today has the power to (1) take a fancy to a woman (2) lead her to take wild treatment as a joke (3) drug and shock her to temporary insanity (4) incarnate her (5) use her sexually (6) sterilise her to prevent conception (7) kill her by a brain operation to prevent disclosure. And all with no fear of reprisal. Yet it is rape and murder. [...]

"We want at least one bad mark on every psychiatrist in England, a murder, an assault, or a rape or more than one.

"This is Project Psychiatry. We will remove them."

From "The Enemies of Scientology: Recent Press Releases by L. Ron Hubbard", Freedom magazine, issue 1, 1968
"This furore over the world against Scientology is stirred up by small psychiatric controlled groups. It cannot help but result in world-wide demands to investigate the inhuman brutality they use in their institutions. Their 19th century methods must end. They act like the mad scientists in a bad old-time movie. The true medical doctor is ashamed to be associated with them. The psychiatric idea of man is a Godless, soulless piece of meat. They demand their rights to butcher at will. They mock every Christian sentiment. According to them, everyone is helplessly mad and anyone who opposes them is especially so. Yet where are their cures? They only have victims. They torture and kill out of sight in their institutions."
L. Ron Hubbard in Freedom Scientology early in 1969, "International Edition No. 1"

While western countries are spending billions fighting terrorist activities abroad they are neglecting the one they have at home.

The psychiatrist and his front groups operate straight out of the terrorist text- books. [...]

Setting himself up as a terror symbol, the psychiatrist kidnaps, tortures and murders without any slightest police interference or action by western security forces. [...]

A psychiatrist kills a young girl for sexual kicks, murders a dozen patients with an ice pick, castrates a hundred men. And they give him another million appropriation.

HCO PL (Hubbard Communications Office Policy Letter) 16 Feb 1969, "TARGETS, DEFENSE" [doc link]
"The names and connections, at this time, of the bitterly opposing enemy are:
  1. Psychiatry and psychology (not medicine).
  2. The heads of news media who are also directors of psychiatric front groups.
  3. A few key political figures in the fields of "mental health" and education.
  4. A decline of monetary stability caused by the current planning of bankers who are also directors of psychiatric front organizations would make us unable to function."
HCO Bulletin of 24 April 1969RA Revised 20 July 1978 Re-Revised 20 September 1978, "Dianetic Use"
"It is very much easier to train a Dianetic auditor than a Scientology auditor. It requires only about a month to make a Dianetic auditor who is sufficiently conversant with the subject to get results. This too was used against Dianetics as the psychiatrist of that day claimed he himself needed twelve years of study to do psychiatry. Of course when the public found out that the product of these twelve years of study was killing the 'insane' and increasing their number the argument became silly."
L. Ron Hubbard in Freedom article, "How to Win an Argument", 16 June 1969
"It is not entirely just to say that psychiatrists and psychologists have no technology. True, they can cure nothing and cannot change anyone for better or worse and as a result have to kill "difficult patients" but they do have one piece of technology.

This is concerned with winning arguments.

Anyone who disagrees with their planned totalitarian rule is pronounced "insane". He is siezed quietly, conveyed to a prison, tortured and usually permanently injured or killed."

L. Ron Hubbard in Freedom magazine, June 1969.
"Crimes of extortion, mayhem and murder are done daily by these men in the name of "practice" and "treatment." There is not one institutional psychiatrist alive who, by ordinary criminal law, could not be arraigned and convicted of extortion, mayhem and murder. Our files are full of evidence on them."
Hubbard's confidential minute of 2 Dec 1969 to Mary Sue, "Intelligence Actions — Covert Intelligence — Data Collection". [doc link]
The War

Our war has been forced to become "To take over absolutely the field of mental healing on this planet in all forms."

That was not the original purpose. The original purpose was to clear Earth. The battles suffered developed the data that we had an enemy who would have to be gotten out of the way and this meant that we were at war [...]

By showing him to be brutal, venal and plotting we get him discarded.

Our direct assault will come when they start to arrest his principals and troops for crimes (already begun).

Our total victory will come when we run his organisations, perform his functions and obtain his financing and appropriations.

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HCO PL 20 Nov 1970, "Organization Misunderstoods"

"Employing persons of the Leipzig, Germany death-camp school (psychologists, psychiatrists) to handle personal aberration is like throwing ink in water to clean it up.

"Governments stupidly do this and wonder why their final product as an organization is riot, war and a polluted planet.

"The point is not how bad psychology and psychiatry are, but that one does have to handle personal aberration in an organization and these schools were too vicious and incompetent to do so.

HCO PL 26 Nov 1970
"Leipzig University's school of psychology and psychiatry opened the door to death camps in Hitler's Germany. Using drugs these men apparently gave Hitler to the world as ther puppet. They tortured, maimed and slaughtered over 12,000,000 Germans in death camps. At the end of World War II these extremists formed the "World Federation of Mental Health," which enlisted the American Psychiatric Association and the American Medical Association and established "National Associations for Mental Health" over the world, cowed news media, smashed any new technology and became the sole advisors to the US government on "mental health, education and welfare" and the appointers of all Health Ministers through [sic] the civilized world and through their graduate, Pavlov, dominated Russian Communist "mental health." This source is so wrong that it is destroying Man, having already destroyed scores of millions."
GO 060571 LRH, Secret, 6 May 1971, "Working Theory" [doc link]
"Brilliant work in tracing the origins of the WFMH disclosed it and the NAMH to have NAZI origins. Goerings Cousin, Villinger, others others others [sic] were at the root of Naziism [sic] in Germany and brought Hitler to power! They started the death camps and they not Hitler ordered the extermination of Jews."
HCO PL, Confidential, 29 June 1971 [ doc link]
Policy is that we assign any case or upset in Scientology to past damage and interference with the person by medicine or psychiatry. They were sent to us after medicine or psychiatry had already destroyed them. We cannot be blamed for psychiatric or medical failures.
HCO PL 5 Oct 1971, PR Series 12, "Propaganda by Redefinition of Words":
"Psychiatry" and "psychiatrist" are easily redefined to mean "an anti-social enemy of the people". This takes the kill crazy psychiatrist off the preferred list of professions[...]The redefinition of words is done be associating different emotions and symbols with the word than were intended[...]Scientologist are redefining "doctor", "Psychiatry" and "psychology" to mean "undesirable antisocial elements"[...]The way to redefine a word is to get the new definition repeated as often as possible. Thus it is necessary to redefine medicine, psychiatry and psychology downward and define Dianetics and Scientology upwards. This, so far as words are concerned, is the public opinion battle for belief in your definitions, and not those of the opposition. A consistent, repeated effort is the key to any success with this technique of propaganda.
HCO Bulletin of 11 July 1973RB Re-revised 21 September 1978, "Assist Summary" (see _Technical Bulletins_, Volume XI, page 220, first US printing of 1979)
"The 'psych-iatrist' and 'psych-ologist' on the other hand took their very names from religion since 'psyche' means soul. They, by actual statistics, are not as successful as priests in releiving mental anguish. But they modernly seek to do so by using drugs or hypnotism or physical means. They damage more than they help."
HCO Bulletin of 10 Aug 1976R Revised 5 September 1978 , "R/Ses, What They Mean" (see _Technical Bulletins_, Volume XI, page 242, first US printing of 1979)
"We're not in the business of curing psychos. The governments at this writing pay the psychiatrists billions a year to torture and kill because of R/Ses they don't know anything about. The crime in society out there is caused by people who R/S. Stalin, Hitler, Napoleon and Caesar were probably the most loaded R/Sers of all time unless it was Jack the Ripper or your local friendly psychiatrist."
HCO Bulletin 6 Dec 1976, "Illegal PCs, Acceptance Of - High Crime Bulletin" (_Technical Bulletins_, Volume XI, first US printing of 1979)
"Doctors are too often careless and incompetent, psychiatrists are simply putright murderers. The solution is not to pick up their pieces for them but to demand medical doctors become competent and to abolish psychiatry and psychiatrists as well as psychologists and other infamous Nazi criminal outgrowths."
HCO Bulletin of 9 May 1977 Issue II, "Psychosis, More About"
"Below all psychotic conduct lies an evil purpose.

"Because psychiatry and psychology did not have this single technical fact they defined psychosis as 'incompetence,' had the wrong target and so could not and never did understand psychosis and were thereby led into such atrocities such as shocks and brain surgery and, in the country where these subjects originated (Germany), slaughtered 300,000 insane in gas chambers some time before Hitler came to power."

HCO Bulletin of 31 May 1977, "LSD - Years After They Have 'Come Off' LSD"
"The way LSD got popular was because of Henry Luce, the head of Time Magazine, who publicized it and glorified it from mid-1950 on. He and his wife were under psychiatric care and were on LSD.

"Nearly as I can trace it, it was the Nazi intelligence drug developed in Switzerland and was probably intended for use in municipal water systems to paralyze the population just prior to an invasion as the invading enemy would then find them all irrational."

LRH ED 298 International of 19 Dec 1978, "A.D. 28 - The Year of Technical Breakthroughs" (see _Technical Bulletins_, Volume XI, first US printing of 1979)
"In this druggie culture in which we live, it [the 'End of Endless Drug Rundowns'] is a very timely discovery because we can undo the mind-crippling effects of drugs (psychiatrists' gift to Mankind) with great ease, and with complete rehabilitation of the individual in a few inten-sives of auditing."

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HCO Bulletin of 29 July 1980, "Criminals and Psychiatry"

"The basic tenet of psychology is that man is just an animal. The basic tenet of psychiatry is that insanity is a physical disease. Neither has any proof that these tenets are correct. That man can be reduced to animalistic behavior does not prove that that is his true basic nature. That some physical diseases also produce mental aberration does not prove that any 'mental illness' has bacteria or virus and indeed none have ever been isolated."
HCO Bulletin of 6 May 1982, "The Cause of Crime"
"There would be no criminals at all if the psychs had not begun to oppress beings into vengeance against society.

"There's only one remedy for crime -- get rid of the psychs! They are causing it!"

HCO Bulletin 26 Aug 1982, "PAIN AND SEX"
"There are two items in this universe that cause more trouble than many others combined.

One is PAIN.

The other is SEX.

One should know more about these things.

They may have applications but they are used by destructive beings in great volume to cave others in.

Despite the false data of Freud, psychologists, psychiatrists and other criminals, they are not native to a being. They are only artificial wave lengths. They have exact frequencies that can be manufactured. A being or a machine can synthesize either one.


"They are the most used tools in the campaign against beings in furthering the general goal of those creatures whose sole ambition is destruction. The universe does not happen to be either destructive or chaotic except as such obsessed creeps make it. Statements it is otherwise are just more false data from the same suspect "authorities". It fits their purposes to make seem natural what they make artificially. The universe only seems that way to a being because such loathsome psychotics make it seem so. They destroyed every great civilization to date and are hard at work on this one."

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Scientology's current leader, David Miscavige, addressing the International Association of Scientologists (IAS) in 1995

"There are a lot of opinions out there as to what is wrong with Earth, 1995 - unstable economies, unstable political arenas, criminality, drugs, injustice and so forth - obviously valid concerns. But if you really want to eliminate those problems all you have to do is work for the objectives that we, as members of the IAS, have set for the year 2000: Objective One - place Scientology at the absolute forefront of Society. Objective Two - eliminate psychiatry in all its forms. We don't care what the current think is regarding what's wrong with the planet. Government won't handle it. Politics won't handle it. Legislation won't handle it. All that's going to handle it is what we, of the IAS, have set down in stone. Let's get rid of psychiatry, and let's bring Scientology to every man, woman and child on this planet."

Many thanks go to Mark Plummer and Feisty ( for for finding many of the above quotes.

For futher reading on the subject:


Scientology's Citizens Commission on Human Rights (CCHR)

How does Scientology's Citizens Commission on Human Rights (CCHR) fit in all this? Aren't they the self proclaimed "independent body to investigate and expose psychiatric violations of human rights"?

Yes, they claim as such, and no; they are not.

If anyone disputes that Citizens Commission on Human Rights (CCHR) is part of Scientology, they can look at issue #27 of International Scientology News, dated May 2004. An article called "A Turning Point In Our History" discusses how Scientology is moving to expand its operations, to achieve its goal of "clearing the planet".

In the article there is a discussion of the Public Divisions, part of the "org board" of every Scientology church. Division 6C of the org board is responsible for "Field Activity", i.e., the front groups that Scientology uses to make inroads into society. In the full size image below, taken from page 21, you can see the Applied Scholastics, CCHR and Narconon logos:

Discussion of the Public Divisions, part of the org board of every Scientology church Click for larger version


Closeup of Applied Scholastics, Citizens Commission on Human Rights (CCHR) and Narconon logos
Closeup of Applied Scholastics, Citizens Commission on Human Rights (CCHR) and Narconon logos

(Note by author: I got the inspiration for the text on the diagram by the excellent resource on that other Scientology front group; Narconon. See

According to the formerly secret closing agreement between the Church of Scientology and the American Internal Revenue Service (IRS), CCHR is one of the many "Scientology-related entities". As such they fulfill Scientology's stated goal to take over the field of mental health.

Many don't realize the true agenda of Scientology and assume CCHR can be a partner to improve standards of care. As I have documented above, Scientology does not want to reform psychiatry, they want to eradicate it and obtain its financing and appropriations.

Dr. Thomas Szasz -- the "useful idiot" of CCHR

Scientology's CCHR used and uses Thomas Stephen Szasz to legitimize their cause. Szasz apparently did lie with the bad bedfellows influenced by "the enemy of my enemy is my friend". Which by itself should raise serious concern for Szasz' ethics. Even to this day turns a blind eye towards Scientology's CCHR true goal of eliminating mental health in all forms and whitewashes Szasz' choice to join forces with the cult:
"In this struggle against the Therapeutic State, he would have been happy to welcome the support of Jews, Catholics, and Muslims, even though he rejects their religious principles and practices in exactly the same way that he rejects the religious principles and practices of Scientologists. All this is explicit and implicit in Dr. Szasz's work."
-- Source:

What appears to have gone unnoticed to the site's editor is that CCHR is operating on the very "principles and practices of Scientologists" Thomas Szasz allegedly rejects. The destruction of psychiatry is a "scriptural" demand and as such Szasz helps scientologists practice their "religion".

"As an Israeli rabbi once remarked: "Should I go bare-headed because the pope wears a scullcap?" In other words, because someone has opinions with which we disagree, should we deny the truth of those things he says with which we agree?"
-- Source:
How faulty such reasoning is, demonstrates the following analogy:
"A Jewish group wishes to build a huge new synagogue in a residential area. Some locals campaign against this because of the resultant increase in vehicle traffic. A neo-Nazi group also gets involved, declaring that it too is against the synagogue because of the traffic problems. However, everyone knows that they have a hidden agenda - they hate Jews not because of anything they do, but on irrational ideological grounds. Does the "genuine" group get involved with the better organised neo-Nazis to work towards an ostensible common goal, even though one party has a deplorable hidden agenda?"

Thomas "useful idiot" Szasz could, should and must know by now for many, many years, what the driving force is behind Scientology's CCHR and how they use his name. He is either too stubborn to see his foolish ways or is just as disgusting as CCHR.

Luckily others did catch on and put Szasz on the place he belongs, as an anti-establishment rebel who didn't mind distorting facts:

Most of Szasz's ideas of the mythical nature of mental illness have been rendered obsolete by genetic studies, imagin, cross-cultural anthropology and the like. While many legal scholars see him as important to that field, the damage he has done to care of the mentally ill has not been carefully assessed and cannot be overestimated. Well-meaning but misguided advocates following his leads have trashed mental health delivery systems in state after state and have clearly contributed to the adversarialization of the mental health advocacy systems. More clearly venal forces from Ronald Reagan to Scientology have been able to draw on his "teachings" to support their causes, again to the detriment of patients.

My own view is that he was popular as a sixties kind of guy, an anti-establishment rebel where the facts he distored were not a problem for the political force of his claims; any smidgin of value he could have had is long eclipsed[...]

Thomas G. Gutheil, MD.

For futher reading:

Some of the other names CCHR uses:


Conclusion: The price we pay for Scientology's hatred

-- Scientology at Ground Zero - obstructing much needed help --

While everyone has a right to hold on to hateful irrational beliefs, it becomes entirely a different matter when those beliefs are sabotaging the counseling of grieve stricken victims. And exactly that has happened, the scientologists claim, and they we're proud of it too! As the world learned from leaked Scientology emails.

Simon Hare of the Canadian branch of the International Hubbard Ecclesiastical League of Pastors (IHELP) — yet another Scientology 'front group' — informed Scientologists of his team's work at Ground Zero on 14 September:

Additionally we are trying to move in and knock the psychs out of counseling to the grieving families and that could take another 100 plus people right now. Due to some brilliant maneuvering by some simply genius Sea Org [Scientology] Members we tied up the majority of the psychs who were attempting to get to families yesterday in Q&A, bullbait and wrangling. They have a hard time completing cycles of action and are pretty easy to disperse. But today they are out in full force and circling like vultures over these people and all of our resources are tied up in the support efforts in the disaster zone at present.

See for a much larger exposé on this:


Affidavits and personal stories of life in Scientology

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