Here's some interesting commentary from Mechanisms and Aspects of Therapy in Dianetics. This aspect of pain is quite interesting in that many patients have, at one time or another in their lives, pretended to the family or the world that they had a pain. The patient thought, when he asserted this "make-believe" pain, that he was lying. In therapy, the auditor can use these "imaginings", for they lead straight to sympathy engrams and actual injury. Further, these "imaginary" pains are generally displayed to the person or psuedo-person whowas the sympathy ally present in the engramic moment. Thus, if a small boy always pretended to his grandmother, and thought he was pretending, that he had a bad hip, it will be discovered eventually that sometime in his early life he hurt that same hip and received sympathy during the engramic moment which is now eclipsed from the analyzer. Patients often feel guilty over these pretenses. Sometimes soldiers in the recent war have come home pretending they had been wounded and, when in therapy, are afraid the auditor will find out or give them away to their people. This soldier might not have been wounded in the war, but an engram will be found which contains sympathy for the injury of which he complains. He is asking for sympathy with a colorful story and believes he is telling a lie. Of course it is well documented that Ron claimed war injuries and healing himself from the same with Dianetics when he never saw combat or was never wounded. But that hip...where have I heard that before? Hmmmm...I know! HIP! HIP! Naaaaawwww...that wasn't it...let's see... Ron's Affirmations: Your hip is a pose. You have a sound hip. It never hurts. Your shoulder never hurts.