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General Semantics & Contact

Book cover for We're All Insane

General Semantics Can Help You Contact Reality

  • Adult humans spend most of their time in contact with thought, not reality.
  • General Semantics understands that reality is silent, and contact is only experienced through inner silence.
  • General Semantics was founded by Alfred Korzybski, see Science and Sanity.

“General semantics is the science of how not to be a damn fool.” —S. I. Hayakawa

“The analysis of error begins with the analysis of language.” —Hans Reichenbach, The Rise of Scientific Philosophy


  • Being nothing is the only thing you can do.
  • Controlling something with nothing fails.
  • Everything that you say you are you are not.
  • Everything you are is nothing.
  • Everything you try to do only kills you more.
  • I can talk myself into feeling any way that I want.
  • Just because they think it does not mean you have to think it.
  • Just because you think it does not mean that you have to take it to heart.
  • Lose your mind find your life.
  • No behavior is an object. No person is an object. Therefore no person is a behavior.
  • No one has ever seen a human being.
  • No self is the fake objects called behaviors.
  • Show me the thing that you think some behavior is?
  • Show me the thing that you think you are?
  • The menu is not the meal.
  • The self tries to control everything with nothing.
  • The thought thing is not the thing.
  • There is no such thing as a behavior.
  • There is no such thing as a person.
  • There is no such thing as yourself.
  • We invent something as self from nothing.
  • You are not anything for you are not something.
  • You are not somewhere for you cannot be anywhere.
  • You are responsible for your responses, NOT reality.
  • You cannot become something because you are nothing.
  • You may think that you are something, but you are nothing.
  • Your self can do nothing.
  • Your self cannot be something for it is nothing.
  • Your self is nothing.
  • Your self should do nothing.
  • Your self should try nothing.

Albert Ellis on We’re All Insane

  • Albert Ellis was voted the second most influential psychologist of all time by the American Psychological Association (APA).

“I found it a most unusual book that makes some excellent points, almost all of which I go along with. It sort of brings Alfred Korzybski up-to-date and makes some points which [sic] are not particularly clear in his own writings.” —Albert Ellis said of the first edition of We’re All Insane!

3D: Daily Dose of Discernment: 2020

#Interpretation #Past: 2020-05-01

1. The interpretation is always what is already known.

2. The interpretation of the present is always the past.

3. The interpretation is a destination of the starting point.

4. The interpretation is a projection that might or might not fit some of the territory.

5. The interpretation is a replacement for the interpreted that might or might not promote better coping, problem-solving, or understanding; still, the interpretation is never the interpreted.

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  6. Eastern Psychology
  7. General Semantics Website: External Link
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  10. Postmodernism & Constructivism Exposed
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