- Apr 2022
A discussion of how Scientology got roped into the anti-psychiatry movement of the 70s and lead up to the existence of Psychiatry: An Industry of Death museum as part of the Citizens Commission of Human Rights International.
Hubbard hadn’t even always been opposed to the psychiatric profession. Soon after Dianetics was published he had attempted to secure APA approval for it. In its early years, Scientology had relied on appearing associated with medical psychiatry to bolster its legitimacy.
L. Ron Hubbard attempted to get the American Psychological Association (APA) to approve his book Dianetics shortly after it was published. Early on Scientology had relied on appearing associated with the medical psychiatry complex to burnish its image.
As a scheme, Scientology worked because it did what all successful religious grifts do: it offered an alienated social group a community and a solution to its defining problems, articulated in the vernacular of its tastes.
In 1949, he reputedly told a writer’s convention that “If a man really wants to make $1 million, the best way would be to start his own religion.” Three years after the publication of Dianetics, Hubbard took his own advice and incorporated Scientology as a religious organization.
- popular culture
- Citizens Commission of Human Rights International
- L. Ron Hubbard
- American Psychological Association
- Aug 2021
Immunizations and Religion | Vanderbilt Faculty & Staff Health and Wellness. (n.d.). Retrieved August 17, 2021, from https://www.vumc.org/health-wellness/news-resource-articles/immunizations-and-religion