The ‘Introspection Rundown’ (Scientology Document)| Download
L Ron Hubbard
The ‘Introspection Rundown’ is Scientology’s ‘treatment’ for a psychotic break. It consists, basically, of locking a person away and not talking to them until they calm down.
This procedure was tragically applied to Lisa McPherson a Scientologist who suffered a psychotic break and was subjected to an ineffective ‘isolation watch’, as laid down by Hubbard in the ‘Introspection Rundown’ document.
Critics argue that, despite the fact that this treatment was demonstrably not working, the Scientologists who were trusted with her care continued to apply it until her condition deteriorated and her life was at immediate risk. Only then did they seek emergency medical care. Lisa McPherson died, and her body showed evidence of extreme physical neglect.
Hubbard’s introduction to the document is quoted below. It illustrates a number of characteristic features of his writing about Scientology:
- Grandiose claims (“I have made a technical breakthrough which possibly ranks with the major discoveries of the twentieth
- Referring to his ideas as ‘research’, despite the lack of published work providing evidence to support them
- Claiming truth by assertion – e.g. “[…] this has been proven beyond doubt to be totally correct”.
- Hostility to psychiatry – e.g. claims that psychiatrists resort “[…] to barbarities such as heavy drugs, ice picks [&c.]” implies that psychiatrists routinely perform crude lobotomies on patients admitted for psychotic breaks.
“I have made a technical breakthrough which possibly ranks with the major discoveries of the twentieth century. It is certainly the greatest advancement of 1973 and is now being released after afinal wrap-up of research.It is called the Introspection Rundown.
The purpose of the Introspection RD is to locate and correct those things which cause a person to fixate his attention inwardly, on himself or his bank. This RD extroverts the person so that he can see his environment and therefore handle and control it.
In 1970 the actual cause of PSYCHOSIS was isolated (as given in HCOB 28 Nov . 70, C/S Series 22, PSYCHOSIS). In the ensuing years this has been proven beyond doubt to be totally correct. But what is a psychotic break?
Man has never been able to solve the psychotic break. In fact, human beings are actually afraid of a person in a psychotic break and in desperation turn to psychiatry to handle.
Psychiatry , desperate in its turn, without effective tech, resorts to barbarities such as heavy drugs, ice picks, electric and insulin shock which half-kill the person and only suppress him. The fact remains there has never been a cure for the psychotic break until now”.