May 9th marks the annual anniversary of Dianetics, making 2015 the 65th anniversary of the best selling self-help book.
When “Dianetics: the Modern Science of Mental Health” was published on May 9, 1950, it sparked a movement. Since its release date, the book has become the best selling self-help book of all time.
Humanitarian L. Ron Hubbard, who authored the text, wrote in prodigious volume, totaling more than fifteen million words between 1929 and 1941. Hubbard’s prolific writing career funded his research into the mind, enabling him to travel across much of the United States, the Caribbean and Asia.
His research was interrupted only by World War II, where he served as Lieutenant in the US Navy and saw action in the Atlantic and Pacific. In early 1945 at Oak Knoll Naval Hospital, while recovering from injuries sustained in combat, he employed early techniques of Dianetics to assist in speeding recovery of otherwise terminal patients. Upon honorable discharge from the navy in 1946, Hubbard continued his research and refinement of Dianetics to the benefit of some 350 cases.
With case material collected from several decades of research, Hubbard completed Dianetics: The Modern Science of Mental Health, and it was released on May 9, 1950. It was on the New York Times bestseller list for twenty-eight consecutive weeks and inspired what newspaper headlines described as "Dianetics-taking U.S. by storm," "Dianetics - Overnight Whirlwind Success" and "Dianetics: A study of the mind - fastest growing 'movement' in America."
Dianetics has since become a global phenomenon with the book now available in 165 nations in 50 languages. More than 2 million copies of Dianetics: The Modern Science of Mental Health have been sold which have appeared on a record 116 bestseller lists internationally.
Today, L. Ron Hubbard's works are studied and applied daily in over a thousand Dianetics centers, Scientology churches, missions and organizations around the world. The Dianetics Seminar has seen much success in Nashville where it is delivered out of the Hubbard Dianetics Foundation, a department within the Church of Scientology.
The Nashville Church of Scientology & Hubbard Dianetics Foundation will celebrate this anniversary event in a special ceremony. For more information on Dianetics, visit the Dianetics website www.dianetics.org. For an interactive audiovisual overview of the life and works of L. Ron Hubbard, visit www.lronhubbard.org.