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general semantics

n. (used with a sing. verb)
A discipline developed by Alfred Korzybski that proposes to improve human behavioral responses through a more critical use of words and symbols.
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Another major difficulty in learning to apply general semantics appears to be the desire for general-semantics students, readers, writers, et al.
A general-semantics analysis of this daily language provides the central topic of our discussion and the core of general-semantics' contributions to psychotherapy.
To put it in general-semantics terms, in psychotherapy we have many maps of many territories--more than 460 forms of psychotherapy.
I have found it useful, in applying the two general-semantics assumptions noted above, to take a three-level view of psychotherapy--its context/structure, contents, and consequences--and to include in this three-dimensional order some of the main general-semantics formulations which underlie its implications for psychotherapy.
Kelly, 1955), but this is a core element in a general-semantics framework.
Using general-semantics formulations, especially Korzybski's (1933), and Johnson's (1946), I have described elsewhere (Caro, 1990) the profound difference, in terms of structure, between the world of words and the non-verbal world of 'events.
It's an excellent introduction, although I enhance it with background from Korzybski and from A General-Semantics Glossary: Pula 's Guide for the Perplexed.
His general-semantics related activities included participation in an Institute of General Semantics seminar-workshop held at Santa Barbara, California, and the writing of forewords to books published by ISGS and IGS.
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