You know, psychosis is quite a game itself. There is nothing like an eccentric behavior to command a great deal of scurry on the part of the environment.
We have this boy Hutson out here, psychosis is just a game to this boy. It’s revenge. His mother, a Christian Scientist,1 laid into him on the subject of masturbation and invented all kinds of reasons why and had herself tell him, had other people tell him very convincingly, that if he continued with this practice that he would go insane. Now, it isn’t then that masturbation would make anybody insane, but you could certainly convince somebody, couldn’t you, who could then pick this up as a terminal exchange and in lack of any other game make a game out of craziness. You see? He could make a game out of this. How [to] constrict and restrain.2
- Hubbard said elsewhere that many members of his family were devout Christians. Hubbard spoke many times about his knowledge of Christian Science, and about statistics relating to Christian Scientists and mental illness. See The Admissions re (1) Hubbard and masturbation; (2) admissions of faking illness and injury. ↩
- Hubbard, L. R. (1954-12-15). Havingness. Ninth American Advanced Clinical Course, (9ACC-08). Phoenix, AZ. ↩