Lesson Number 1

1.1 Introduction



Thank you for enrolling! You’re about to read The Problems of Work by L. Ron Hubbard.

At the end of each chapter, you will be asked questions that highlight the key information you really need to know. The lessons are not tests. They are to help you learn the book’s principles so you can use them to better your life.

Definitions of Scientology and Dianetics

SCIENTOLOGY: A system of organized axioms resolving problems of the spirit, life and thought, developed through the application of the methodology of the exact sciences to the humanities by L. Ron Hubbard.

The term Scientology is taken from the Latin scio (knowing, in the fullest meaning of the word) and the Greek word logos (study of). Scientology is further defined as the study and handling of the spirit in relationship to itself, universes and other life.

DIANETICS: A forerunner and substudy of Scientology.

Dianetics comes from the Greek words dia (through) and nous (mind or soul). Dianetics is what the soul is doing to the body.

Important Note

In reading this book, be very certain you never go past a word you do not fully understand. The only reason a person gives up a study or becomes confused or unable to learn is because he or she has gone past a word that was not understood.

The confusion or inability to grasp or learn comes AFTER a word the person did not have defined and understood. It may not only be the new and unusual words you have to look up. Some commonly used words can often be misdefined and so cause confusion.

This datum about not going past an undefined word is the most important fact in the whole subject of study. Every subject you have taken up and abandoned had its words which you failed to get defined.

Therefore, in studying this book be very, very certain you never go past a word you do not fully understand. If the material becomes confusing or you can’t seem to grasp it, there will be a word just earlier that you have not understood. Don’t go any further, but go back to BEFORE you got into trouble, find the misunderstood word and get it defined.


To aid reader comprehension, L. Ron Hubbard directed the editors to provide a glossary. This is included in the Appendix, Editor’s Glossary of Words, Terms and Phrases. Words sometimes have several meanings. The Editor’s Glossary only contains the definitions of words as they are used in this text. Other definitions can be found in standard language or Dianetics and Scientology dictionaries.

If you find any other words you do not know, look them up in a good dictionary.

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