APA Tells Psychologists to Stop Using L. Ron Hubbard's Dianetics

APA Tells Psychologists to Stop Using L. Ron Hubbard's Dianetics

Dr. E. Lowell Kelly

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During a meeting in in State College, Pennsylvania, the American Psychological Association calls on psychologists across America not to use the techniques advocated by Dianetics and L. Ron Hubbard.

The resolution against Dianetics was adopted unanimously in a vote by the APA's governing body, the Council of Representatives.

According to the resolution:

"While suspending judgment concerning the eventual validity of the claims made by the author of 'Dianetics,' the association calls attention to the fact that these claims are not supported by empirical evidence of the sort required for the establishment of scientific generalizations. In the public interest, the association, in the absence of such evidence, recommends to its members that the use of the techniques peculiar to Dianetics be limited to scientific investigations designed to test the validity of its claims."

According to Dr. E. Lowell Kelly, a member of the APA's board of directors:

"What we have here is a man who claims he has discovered an exact science of the mind and developed a technique of therapy which goes far beyond that known to psychology, psychiatry and psychoanalysis."

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