reply to post by Lucas_1984
As you can probably see if you have been following these posts, your chances of getting a totally straight answer to your question by posting it on
the internet is very close to zero.
Both Scientology and Psychiatry are total war-zone issues on forums like this.
But since the whole planet has a stake in how people look at these two subjects, I will add my data to what has already been posted here.
I have known and worked with a lot of Scientologists over the past 25 or so years. The great majority of them are good people. The statements made
about Scientology are for the most part unfounded.
I have known a few psychiatrists and psychologists in my lifetime. Some of them were decent people, too. But I had personal experience with at least
one (at a public hearing in Berkeley where he was defending electric shock) who was definitely off the deep end.
The basic situation is this: Psychiatry and psychiatrists have been the tool of various corrupt political regimes for as long as they have existed. Go
to the anti-psychiatry sites for the details. It's not that all psychiatrists are personally aware that they are working for depraved leaders. But
the evidence of this is, for better or worse, very strong.
In the 1950's L. Ron Hubbard came up with a way of partially or completely canceling the effects of hypnotism. Psychiatry had been very actively
experimenting with various hypnosis-like treatments in connection with some CIA and military-connected projects. LRH had actually run into some of
their victims and in this way learned something about their work. When they found out what he was doing they wanted to take him out. They apparently
initiated various actions to accomplish this, but were unsuccessful. One such action, however, involved a vicious rumor campaign, and that one thrives
to this day. Take their data for what it is worth. I consider it no more that vicious slander, often parroted by people who have not looked into it
themselves at all. It's just reprehensible. But that's my opinion.
But just as you may be able to find a psychiatrist who will treat you like a decent human being, give you some good advice, without getting you hooked
on any mind-altering drugs or frying your brain, you might possibly find a Scientologist who would prove to be a true friend. And if you make friends
with the Scientologist, you at least have the advantage that Scientology is totally anti-drugs, anti-hypnotism, anti-shock, and pro-freedom.
If you don't feel brave enough to approach a real Scientologist, you can learn tons about it by reading books that you can find at most of your
better public libraries, or buying lectures individually or in sets that LRH gave to the general public and to his students. You might even find
someone around who has some tapes or CDs they could loan to you. They have many sites on the web, and some are quite informative. So you can trust all
the rubbish dished out on these posts or research the subject yourself. Your choice. Sorry if I am a bit vociferous. To me the difference between the
two groups is like night and day. Sorry more ATS members don't see it that way.