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We’re All Insane! Second Edition

  • 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 are not particularly clear in his own writings.”

Read We’re All Insane! Second Edition to Discover—

  • How your thinking makes you insane.
  • Ready to Face Human Insanity?
  • How To Think
  • How To Correctly Use Thinking
  • How To Think Saner & Better
  • How To Avoid Mistaking Thoughts for Things
  • How To Make Friends with Deconstructivism

Insanity Versus Reality: We’re All Insane! Second Edition

  • Discover six reasons why you are insane.
  • Insanity is being out of touch with reality.
  • Active insanity is clinging to illusions and delusions.
  • Illusions are misperceptions, misconceptions, and mistakes about reality.
  • Delusions are misperceptions, misconceptions, and mistakes about reality that we have evidence against but cling to anyway.

Thought & Thinking Problems: We’re All Insane! Second Edition

  • You can live sanely in an insane world.
  • You must choose against the common illusions and delusions of your society and your conditioning.
  • All the common illusions and delusions of the world are constructed through the misunderstanding and misuse of thought.
  • Discover how thought becomes a problem when thought replaces reality.
  • Discover enough information and examples to be able to negate thought as reality, which enables you to re-experience “what is.”

Deconstruct Thought As Reality: We’re All Insane! Second Edition

  • This work is an example of the power of the path of deconstructivism.
  • In contrast to constructivism, deconstructivism frees the heart, soul, and mind to return to their original natures and natural senses.
  • When you clean out the clutter that you are burdened with from your constructivistic conditioning, you will find a new “you” and a new world.
  • Eastern philosophy, Existentialism, General Semantics, iconoclasts, and cognitive psychotherapy all make use of deconstructivism to achieve their goals.
  • Be forewarned: If you choose to walk the path of deconstructivism, many will resent your bursting their reality bubbles along the way.

Words Have No Meaning: We’re All Insane! Second Edition

  • If you find this book disagrees with some previous work of the author, you can interpret that to mean the current work supersedes the previous one, because more was revealed to or discovered by the author.
  • Or, you might be using a simple two-valued system, some verbalistic dichotomy.
  • As a consequence, you might be finding conflict where none exists–empirically, systemically, and phenomenologically.
  • Consistency of meaning depends upon the consistency of reference.

Words Refer to Meaning: We’re All Insane! Second Edition

  • Words have no inherent meaning, but words must refer to some meaning, else they are just noise.
  • When one changes the referents of words, then the meanings of those words change.
  • A change in context can change the referents of words, making the meaning change too.

False Conflicts: We’re All Insane! Second Edition

  • Two identical phrases, sentences, or groups of words might have different meanings due to such a difference in referents.
  • Thus, people often claim or point out conflict in meaning where there is none.
  • Their mistake is in thinking identical or similar word usage must have an identical or similar meaning in all situations wherein they appear.
  • They easily and quickly forget that dictionaries list more than one meaning for most words.

False Referents Cause False Conflicts: We’re All Insane! Second Edition

  • “Out of sight, out of mind,” does not conflict with “Absence makes the heart grow fonder.”
  • Why? Because the referents of the first saying are preoccupied with the present and therefore forget the past.
  • Conversely, the referents of the second saying are dwelling on the past and therefore miss or wish for the past.
  • Both are true in context.
  • The sayings contradict each other only if they are forced to have the same referents because of some misunderstanding, naiveté, or desire to force conflict for drama’s sake.

The Contents Are Organized by the Book Chapters

Begin

  • Title
    • We’re All Insane! Second Edition
  • Subtitle
    • Six Reasons Why You’re Insane
  • Copyright
    • Copyright © 1991, 2012 by Kevin Everett FitzMaurice
  • ISBN
    • ISBN 978-1-878693-27-3
  • Dedication
  • Description

Reason One: Thought-Knowing

  • Thought Cannot Know the Thing
  • Reasons Against Thought-Knowing
    • Knowing
    • To Know, Sense
    • Perception Points to Sensing
    • 3 and 6 Levels of Reality
    • Test Yourself on Thought
  • Definitions of Terms
    • Reality
    • Energy
    • Sensation
    • Objects or Things
    • Sensing
    • Perception
    • Thought
    • Memory
  • 8 Levels of Reality
    • 26 Levels of Reality
  • Reliable Knowing
    • Standards of Measurement Vary
    • Verify Sensing with Perceptions
    • Science Is Faith-Based
    • To Trust or Not to Trust
  • Limits of Knowing
    • Partial Perception
  • More Reasons Thought Cannot Know
    • Confusing Thoughts with Perceptions
    • Thought Limited
    • Nothing to Thought
    • Signpost Not the Destination
    • Thought Is Dualistic
    • Thought Is Two-valued
      • 2 Four-Valued Steps
    • Grey Is Black and White
    • Insecurity Caused by Thought-Knowing
    • Thought Is Fragmented
    • Thoughts Are Stairs
    • Thought-Knowing Prevents or Perverts Knowing
  • Thought-Knowing Reality Levels
  • Conclusion One

Reason Two: Thought-Doing

  • Thought Cannot Do the Thing
  • Reasons Against Thought-Doing
    • Thought Claims, Never Demonstrates
    • Thought Cannot Undo
    • Thought Won’t
    • Thought-Doing Causes Addiction
    • Thinking of Gardening Is Not Gardening
    • Thoughts, Not Actions
    • Thoughts and Perceptions Differ
    • Collections Not Equal to the Whole
    • Thought Occurs After Reality
    • Thought-Doing Causes Stress
    • Thought-Doing Causes Distress
    • Intrusive Memories from Thought-Doing
    • Limit Thought’s Meaning
    • Correlation Is Not Causation
    • Miscellaneous
  • Thought-Doing Reality Levels
  • Conclusion Two
    • 5 Times Insane
    • Do Humans Function?

Reason Three: Thought-Being

  • Thought Cannot Be the Thing
  • Reasons Against Thought-Being
    • Levels of Reference and Representation
    • Thoughts Point
    • Identification as the Identified
    • Levels of Thought
    • Sensing Reductionistic
    • Observations all Different
    • Senses and Things in Flux
    • Things Change
    • Thoughts Are General
    • Thoughts of Nothing
    • Body, Not Perceptions
    • Reified Thoughts
    • 3 Arguments Against Thought-Being
      • Map Not the Mapped
      • Whole Not Sum of Parts
      • Nothing Exists in Isolation
    • Being Requires Integrity
  • Thought-Being Reality Levels
  • Conclusion Three

Reason Four: Self as Thought-Knowing

  • You’re Not Thought-Knowing
  • Reasons Self Is Not Thought-Knowing
    • Thought Cannot Know Things or Beings
    • If You Don’t Know Self, How Can Thought?
    • Thought of the Past, Self of the Present
    • Choose Thought or Self
    • Denial of Difference
    • Nothing Ever Repeats
    • All Things Changing
    • Change Not Caught
    • All Things Are Complex
    • Do You Live Only in Your Mind?
    • Can Thought See Self with Self?
    • Nonverbal, Not Verbal
    • Thought Doesn’t Think
    • Parts Not Wholes
    • Thought Not Perception
    • Does Changing Experience Change Self?
    • You’re Not God
    • Only You Are Real
    • Self Cannot Be Judgments
    • Thought, Not Observing
    • Experience without Thought
    • Knowing Is Senseless
    • Labels Are Static Fragments
    • Self as Court Games
    • Identities Are Claims, Not Facts
    • Mad Thought
  • Conclusion Four

Reason Five: Self as Thought-Doing

  • You’re Not Thought-Doing
  • Reasons Self Is Not Thought-Doing
    • Thought-Doing a Goal of Ego
    • 2 Ego Conflicts
    • Thought Cannot Undo
    • Thought-Doing Causes Looping on the Past]
    • Thought as Effort Is Failure
    • Choosing One Side Creates Both Sides
    • Thought Ends Understanding
    • Thought as Law Causes its Opposite
    • Thought-Doing Ruins Health
    • Thought-Doing Causes Negative Stress
    • Using the Problem to Fix the Problem Fails
    • Inner Voice as Thought Is Failure
    • Miscellaneous
    • 6 Levels of Insanity
  • Conclusion Five

Reason Six: Self as Thought-Being

  • You’re Not Thought-Being
  • Becoming Supports Thought-Doing
    • Who and What Seeks Self?
    • Stage One Becoming
    • Stage Two Becoming
    • Stage Three Becoming
    • Stage Four Becoming
    • Stage Five Becoming
    • Perversion Caused by Becoming
  • More Reasons Self Is Not Thought-Being
    • Dehumanize People as Thoughts
    • If You’re Not Words, Then You’re Not Hurt by Words
    • No System of Selecting Thoughts as Self
    • Thought Turns Beauty into Lust
    • Coveting Thought-Being
    • Labeling Requires Time to Stop
    • Labeling Requires Isolation
    • Thoughts Have Variable Meanings
    • Thought Is General, and Beings Are Unique
    • Definitions, Not Human Beings
    • Thought Is Fixed, and Self Is Fluid
    • Miscellaneous
  • Conclusion Six

Sanity Is Silent

  • Conclusions about Six Reasons
    • Thought Reality or Perception Reality?
    • Conditioning Is Reality?
  • Twelve Reasons You’re Insane
    • 4 Good Reasons Self Is Not Thought
  • Knowing, Doing, and Being
    • Right Knowing
    • Right Doing
    • Right Being
    • Right Non-doing
    • Right Self Knowing
      • 4 Stages to Destroy Human Beings
    • False Solution of Self as Body
    • Upside Down
  • 4 Kinds of Knowing
    • Fourth Kind of Knowing
  • Ego and Memory
  • Thought as Instinct
  • 2 Tests to Avoid Mistakes
    • 6 Rules for 2 Tests

Postmodernism

  • Constructivism
    • Abstract
    • The Pros of Constructivism
    • The Cons of Constructivism
  • Postmodernism Is Idealism
    • Start Is Fine
    • Problems that Come with Non-Sequiturs
    • Mental Games
  • Quotations Related to Postmodernism

Appendixes

  • Diagrams of Thought
    • Images of Perceptions
    • Thoughts of Thoughts
    • 6 Levels of Thought
    • Thought-Knowing
  • Diagram of Yin and Yang
  • Question Thought
  • Miscellaneous Thought Facts
  • Descriptors of the Way
    • Doing
    • Experience
    • Freedom
    • Identity
    • Intellect
    • Intuition
    • Ownership
    • Present
    • Reality
    • Responsibility
    • Seeking
    • Sensing
    • To Thy Own Self Be True
    • Work

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