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An Introduction To Non-aristotelian Systems And General Semantics.

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UN-SANITY VERSUS SANITY
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in which some chalky sediment lies on the bottom. In semantic difficulties the different 'hurts'., may be compared to the water and the sediment. 'Rationalization', alone, is like throwing away the clean water and letting the sediment remain. No improvement follows; the semantic sediment of earlier evaluation is still there and does its work. But if we stir up the water and the chalk, then we can throw out both and a clearing up will follow. The non-el 'living through' of the past experiences is equivalent to this semantic stirring-up of meanings before eliminating the immature evaluations.
This semantic mechanism is well recognized, yet puzzling. It shows that it is more difficult to influence the affective than to affect the 'rationalization'. One may 'rationalize' perfectly well; yet his lower centres will not be affected sufficiently. It is possible that the confusion of orders of abstractions or identification is, in the main, responsible for it. With the use of the Structural Differential and with training in the orders of abstractions and in silence on the objective levels, we gain seemingly extremely powerful psychophysiological means of an entirely general character to influence directly the affective responses, in which we are aided by the utilization of all available nerve centres. It also shows once more how persistent is the working of the organism-as-a-whole. The harm was done by organism-as-a-whole methods (affecting higher and lower centres); the protective semantic agencies should employ similar means.
In the older 'mental' therapy we tried to bring the unconscious or buried material into the conscious, but each psychiatrist proceeded by a private method, and according to a special theory. Such procedure is obviously not general enough for simple preventive training on a large scale. The present system offers such general and effective semantic psychophysiological means. By making ourselves conscious of abstracting we prevent the animalistic unconsciousness of abstracting, and so prevent arrested development or regression. We bring into consciousness some of the most fundamental human characteristics, of which animals are unconscious, and so prevent arrestment or regression to lower levels. The method is entirely general and simple, based on the elimination of identification, introducing natural and so adaptive evaluation which should not stir up resistance in the child.
In the freudian theory the famous Oedipus complex purported to explain the often unconscious hostility of the son toward the father and his excessive attachment to the mother. The researches of the anthropologist Malinowski show that in primitive matriarchal societies the biological father is not recognized as such and is only a kind of friend