ETC.: A Review of General Semantics

This quarterly journal provides peer-reviewed articles on topics relating to general semantics.

Articles from Vol. 63, No. 2, April

A Balance between Nature and Nurture
All Things Considered, August 22, 2005 IS IT NATURE or is it nurture, heredity, or society? In that great debate of our time, conservatives lean toward the former and liberals toward the latter. I believe both are asking the wrong question. I...
Anger Management and Violence Prevention: A Holistic Solution
ANGER IN THE CLASSROOM is usually destructive. Whether from student or teacher, anger undermines the learning environment. It may lead to disturbing threats of emotional or physical harm or to actual violence. It can interfere with relationships between...
Anger Management Using the Actor's Skills and General Semantics
THE ACT COOL TO STAY COOL curriculum was devised by this author and taught to third to fifth graders in New York City Public Schools in the fall of 2005. When this curriculum was presented to teachers and counselors in the form of model classes, the...
Democracy Here Is Not Necessarily Democracy There
THE WORD "DEMOCRACY" is frequently in the news these days. But that word is not so easily defined. Historically, the term "democracy" has a checkered past going back to the Greek city-states. The Greeks defined democracy differently than we do now....
From the Archives
WILLIAM H. PEMBERTON, "A SEMANTIC APPROACH TO COUNSELING" People react more to thoughts about things than to the things themselves. One aim of semantic therapy is to help to differentiate between events and thoughts about them. The maladjusted appear...
Kinesthetic Feedback and Dyslexic Students Learning to Read and Write
CAN TRAINING to improve kinesthetic feedback help dyslexic students who have difficulties learning to read and write? I suggest that such training can help, and that the general semantics formulation of silent levels will assist us in understanding...
Metaphors "Everywhere"?
SOME WRITERS CLAIM that all language is metaphoric. It is built on metaphors, it revolves around metaphors: metaphors are "everywhere." Of course, Korzybski warned against such "all-or-nothing" thinking. And some linguists claim that language relies...
Mining Tragedy Raises Questions about Instant Info
THE WEST VIRGINIA mining tragedy of January 3 of this year should make us all step back and raise some questions about this age of instant information. First, a brief refresher on the story is needed since it happened several months ago. Thirteen...
Neil Postman's Advice on How to Live the Rest of Your Life
GOOD EVENING, ladies and gentlemen. When I first met Neil Postman in 1988, we both realized almost immediately that we shared a profound interest in the study of language. Before meeting Postman, during my graduate training in linguistics, I had learned...
Safeguarding against "Neuro-Semantic Pollution"
MY FAMILY RECENTLY VISITED Knott's Berry Farm at Buena Park, California. Since my visit over a decade ago, the park has added more thrill rides, perhaps to compete with Disneyland and Six Flags, catering more and more to new generations of thrill seekers....
The Challenge of a Fundamental Dichotomy
"Why should I give them my mind as well?" --The Dalai Lama (1935-), when asked if he was angry at the Chinese for taking over his country. FEW THINGS so challenge the successful application of general semantics principles as a fundamental dichotomy...
Using E-Prime and English Minus Absolutisms to Provide Self-Empathy
"Everyone thinks of changing the world, but no one thinks of changing himself."--Leo Tolstoy "First, be at peace with yourself. Then at least there will be some peace in the world."--Thomas Merton OUR SELF TALK, especially when describing...
Using General Semantics to Manage 'Emotions'
AS KORZYBSKI SUGGESTED we do when analyzing a term, my first step in addressing the title topic was to consult a dictionary for definitions of "emotion." (1) From Webster's 9th Collegiate (1987): "Emotion: 1 a: obs: DISTURBANCE b: EXCITEMENT 2 a:...