What is Dianetics?
From the Scientology FAQ.
Dianetics spiritual healing technology can help alleviate such ailments as unwanted sensations and emotions, irrational fears and psychosomatic illnesses (illness caused or aggravated by mental stress). The word Dianetics comes from the Greek words dia, meaning through and nous, soul. The full and proper definition of Dianetics is what the soul is doing to the body through the mind.
Before L. Ron Hubbard published the fundamentals of Dianetics in 1950, prevailing scientific thought held that manâs mind was his brain, nothing more than a collection of cells and neurons. IQ was considered unimprovable and personality fixed.
Dianetics technology changed all that. Its effectiveness, astonishing in many cases, has been documented in a multitude of case histories over more than half a century of application.
Dianetics uncovers the source of unwanted sensations and emotions, accidents, injuries and psychosomatic illnesses, and sets forth effective handlings for these conditions. Further research into the spiritual aspects of Dianetics led to the discovery of Scientology.
Scientology, on the other hand, is the study and handling of the spirit in relationship to itself, to universes and to other life. Through the practice of Scientology one can increase his spiritual awareness and ability and realize his own immortality.