Someone from the General Semantics Institute wrote in recently and mentioned that General Semantics and Dianetics went hand in hand. He is absolutely right, because the reform of language and how to think, how to look at things, how to differentiate—all of these things are of vast importance to a clear.
A person can get up [...]
People don’t talk now, very well, in this society really because they’re afraid their words will betray them; they have been taught by their literature, by movies, by examples on every hand, that their words may betray them.
Psychology and Freud’s associative word plays have reduced this – General Semantics done the same thing – that [...]
I have been some time trying to evolve what we are doing. It’s quite one thing to plan a thing, quite another to see it go into action in MEST. I’ve made a lot of fits and starts trying to straighten things out with everybody’s agreement and liking and I think, from what I hear [...]
We are about to do a terrible thing to the general morale of psychotherapists in America. I have just gotten through a complete review of Freudian psychoanalysis, and I find out, Lord knows how he did it, that Sigmund Freud was hitting some very hot buttons. He was not hitting the button and he was [...]
For the child, the whole problem of “self” is obscure and difficult, but of tremendous importance. Various writers on psychology are constantly delving into the complexities of the subject because it is so basic to the study of the formative mind.
In the field of fiction, Lewis Carroll, creator of the immortal “Alice in Wonderland,” shows [...]
In a subject developed by Korzybski a great deal of stress is given to the niceties of words. In brief a word is NOT the thing. And an object exactly like another object is different because it occupies a different space and thus “can’t be the same object.”
As Alfred Korzybski studied under psychiatry and amongst [...]
There are processes in Games Processing which I well imagine, if run inexpertly, would simply pick up the preclear and, well, you’d dust him off afterwards and maybe find enough pieces to put in the coffin, but even that has its doubts.
There is one process in Games Processing which is sufficiently rugged as to turn [...]
Take this thing called “freedom.” Take this thing called “democracy.” Today they – you – everybody practices democracy. It isn’t democracy, it’s some kind of socialism. I don’t know what kind of a socialism, it’s invented all the time. But we’re fondly believing that our forefathers fought for democracy. They didn’t, they fought for rugged [...]
So what is association? Association is a proximity of thought with matter. It’s a proximity of thought with matter. What’s identification? Well, “thought is matter” is identification.
Now, let’s invert and let’s just go down scale, clear down here at the bottom of the dial and we get dialectic materialism: all thought comes from matter. Now, [...]
All right. Let’s look at pan-determinism1. You know about pan-determinism. You’d better had. Pan-determinism is the willingness to start, stop and change, along the dynamics. The degree of pan-determinism which the person has is his willingness to start, stop and change along the dynamics. In other words to monitor other dynamics, that is pan-determinism. Self-determinism2 [...]