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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).

Albert Ellis said of the first edition of We’re All Insane!, “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.”

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