selective abstraction

selective abstraction

[silek′tiv]
Etymology: L, seligere, to choose
a type of cognitive distortion in which focus on one aspect of an event negates all other aspects.
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At the end of Chapter VIII in Stephen Crane's The Blue Hotel we see the Naturalist's selective abstraction of what we would call pessimistic characteristics: "One viewed the existence of man then as a marvel, and conceded a glamour of wonder to these lice which were caused to cling to a whirling, fire smote, ice-locked, disease-stricken, space-lost bulb.
On the accompanying diagram, I have chosen to represent the selective abstractions of the writers of Realistic fiction with an asterisk, thus
Burns called the third cognitive distortion Mental Filter, or Selective Abstraction.
Korzybski would have us employ both consciousness of abstraction and consciousness of projection to neutralize the damaging effects of Selective Abstraction and Reverse Alchemy.