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SINCE THE PUBLICATION of Science and Sanity, psychotherapists from diverse branches of the discipline have drawn on general semantics. Isabel Caro discusses General Semantics Theory: Its Implications for Psychotherapy. "We are coming to recognize that understanding human beings' higher processes requires addressing language issues." Dr. Caro also emphasizes the importance "... of both therapist and patient developing an extensional orientation."

The use of non-Aristotelian logic, with its wide range of values, has led to breakthroughs in many areas, including science and technology, reports Milton Rosenstein, who gives us the story on General Semantics and Fuzzy Logic.

David F. Maas, in Using GS in the Goal Essay to Combat the IFD Disease, prescribes an antidote for perfectionist paralysis, also known as Idealism, Frustration, and Despair. We can apply his method outside the classroom as well. Maas shows how to cut those daunting problems down to size. "When our goals for overcoming a specific problem are not spelled out in incremental, intermediate steps, we can expect the outcome to be demoralization and worry."

Paul Dennithorne Johnston recounts a childhood experience of Inflating the Stone, and speculates on a connection with general semantics, a discipline which attempts to reduce inflating the symbol. "The manipulation of descriptions for our own purposes created false views of the world that sometimes led to illusions, misevaluations, or dangerous errors."

Those who learn to blindly follow authority - such learning often occurs in childhood - fail to develop the ability to think for themselves. "Their cognitive pattern is to trust the source of information rather than the information itself; they fail to use their own thinking powers to evaluate the latter," notes Allan Brooks in General Semantics andAuthoritarianism. This does not mean that we who ask questions are condemned to limbo. "Science strives to be authoritative, but not authoritarian."

Stressing that a key to feeling healthy is being in the here and now, Bruce I. Kodish takes us vigorously into the present with Body Awareness in Theory and Practice. When we practice mindfulness, "Novelty and the present context become important. We are open to new information. What we attend to becomes more something we do and less something that happens to us. …

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