“You can count on one thing in Child Dianetics—you can count on two things: that parents are going to be very anxious to have their children be better and healthier; and you can count upon the fact that the parents are only in a limited degree going to take your advice. You can count on those two things. They will remain anxious and they are not going to expedite.
“Therefore, you can expect in all the processing of children, the way to be hard and the work to be long and your patience to be at a very high level and your own imagination to be very good, because you have to have an insight into the problems at hand. You’re going to have to work with a lot less data than you need to solve the problem.
“One little boy came to me one day and couldn’t be processed. I mean just, that’s all, I’d ask a question. Bing. Nothing. And I had to solve the problem—the insight in that case was picked up in the first two minutes of play. ‘Which one of your parents told you they would punish you if you told me anything about their quarreling?’ Tears. Bing.
“’Both of them.’
“How am I supposed to do anything with this kid if the parents tell him he’s not supposed to tell me anything about his home life or their quarrels! Am I supposed to talk about his playing Lone Ranger? Is this going to be the end of it? And come to find out they were quite certain that reading comic books had been responsible for aberrating him.”
L. Ron Hubbard
“Child Dianetics—Part II”
8 November 1950