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128                  THE HUMANITY OF WORDS
Gardner Murphy's conception of the personality in a field. Here we are concerned with the relationship of the integrated (organized) self and the organized environment. Murphy calls this relationship "cross organization."27 Murphy defines cross organization as a crossing over of the self and the environment in the organization or reorganization of a situation-as-a-whole. Korzybski's notion of invariance under transformation of the organism-as-a-whole-in-an-environment is similar. Invariance implies order relationsa relative permanence; transformation implies change. The organism-as-a-whole-in-an-environment is a structured situation-as-a-wholeunder transformation.
The term transformation implies structured change. Trans refers, as has already been indicated, to a "crossing over." Form means just what you think it means. You understand it at face value. It is a familiar word for the less familiar word "structure." Without knowing a thing about the details, you can recognize a home, a school, a church, a bam, a tree, a child by its essential formby its structure. To transform something is to change its structure.
In a world of permanence and change, we may think of transformation as a crossing over of any one thing to other things to make or to remake form.
When the human being attempts to transform something in preferred design, words may be his greatest asset. Even children use this effective means by which to accomplish something new, something different. Even children will attempt to transform something that now exists into something they like better.
Pamie, for instance, looks out on a little lawn between ^Explicated in some detail in Part Five below.