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Drive Yourself Sane: Using the Uncommon Sense of General Semantics. Third Edition. [Paperback]

Susan Presby Kodish , Bruce I. Kodish
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4 Nov 2010
This thoroughly revised Third Edition of Drive Yourself Sane, first published in 1993, remains the most reliable short introduction to 'general semantics' (GS) now available. A remarkable system of thought founded by Alfred Korzybski (1879-1950), GS is based on a careful study of human behavior and scientific problem-solving, bridging applied psychology and practical philosophy. Drive Yourself Sane provides time-tested methods for critical and creative thinking and constructive communicating with a variety of problem-solving applications for mental hygiene, personal development, education, business, etc. The text and accompanying exercises help readers sharpen the primary tools they were born with: their individual brain-nervous systems with their marvelous capacities to adapt to change and to learn from and build upon their own and other people's experiences. This Third Edition contains fascinating additional biographical material about Alfred Korzybski, based on research for Bruce Kodish's book, Korzybski: A Biography. Includes Notes, Bibliography and Index.

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  • Paperback: 244 pages
  • Publisher: Extensional Publishing; 3 edition (4 Nov 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0970066414
  • ISBN-13: 978-0970066411
  • Product Dimensions: 15.2 x 22.9 x 1.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 101,910 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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5.0 out of 5 stars This book should be on the national curriculum 29 Jan 2010
By carper
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I tried Korzybskis' "science and sanity" years ago - got a lot from it but found it pretty heavy going.
This puts everything far more concisely and is much easier to mentally digest and understand - without ' dumbing down ' the logic involved.
Very useful book, I wish I'd found it years ago before my thought processes became quite so ossified.
An excellent tool for anyone who feels they are being manipulated.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Seems awesome to me 28 Jun 2014
By A human
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I have read the book in my possession which its authors have called "Drive Yourself Sane", and based on my perceptions and understandings of the material, as well as the bodily sensations I remember experiencing, etc., I would describe the book as one which I enjoyed reading greatly. I WOULD say "it's an awesome book", but, well, read the book if you want to find out why "the book seems awesome to me" might be a 'better' construction...
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5.0 out of 5 stars canges the way you think. well worth it. 22 Nov 2013
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Does what it says on the tin. Couple this with Prometheus Rising, Mind Lines, and a few other books and your well on the way too messing up your own head.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome guide to a new way of thinking! 21 Nov 2008
By Gomless-gormless-gnomus VINE VOICE
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As a long time student of a wide range of self-help systems and methods I was amazed to find a book that opened up a whole new way of thinking. This book is a 'must have' for ANYONE who truly wants to move to a new and better level of thinking. For most (perhaps 99%) of the people on planet earth thinking is not something that they have ever thought about! None of us are taught how to think!

"Drive Yourself Sane" will wake you up to how we have been trapped by a thinking style 2,000 years old. The book will guide you step by step to a very different way of 'using your brain'...free from the problems that a certain Mr Aristotle gave us. If you want a guide to 'how' to think so that you are happier, more balanced and in touch with reality...get this book as soon as you can!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Toward better communication and understanding 20 Jun 2002
By Harold McFarland - Published on Amazon.com
One of the more readable books on General Semantics and how to use it in a practical manner. Among other things General Semantics focuses on the fact that what we perceive to be fact and reality is only a portion or one aspect of true reality. By opening your understanding to more fully grasp all of reality it opens the doors to deeper understanding, happiness and better communication in all areas of life.
At several points the authors refer to "Science and Sanity" by Korzibsky. This was the first authoritative text on General Semantics but was written in a very technical style that most people would find very difficult to follow and digest. All the major points of Korzibsky's work are included here in a much more readable style that allows the reader not only to understand the concepts but to actually start applying them right away.
An excellent book for those who are interested in bettering their communication with others, NLP students and other communication professionals, as well as those interested in General Semantics, it is a recommended read.
33 of 34 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Introduction to Sanity 19 April 2004
By William Lauritzen - Published on Amazon.com
This is an excellent introduction and explanation of Korzybski's work, and I recommend it to both newcomers and experts alike. Alfred Korzybski was one of the unacknowledged geniuses of the twentieth century. He influenced a host of other thinkers and writers, among them Buckminster Fuller, Robert Heinlein, L. Ron Hubbard. Korzybski's great work, "Science and Sanity" (1933), can be a difficult book. I thus I tried to get this book, "Drive Yourself Sane," but the at that time it was out of print. I was forced to tackle "Science and Sanity" alone. I had to read it three times through over a period of several years. I wish I'd had "Drive Yourself Sane" to help me through some of the rough spots. It is well organized, nicely laid out, and has a valuable glossary in the back. It also includes valuable personal accounts from the authors. However, even an expert can gain knowledge from this book. I found that it filled in gaps in my knowledge of the subject (general semantics), gave me some new insights, and told me what others had been doing in the field since 1933. Regardless of whether you are interested in Korzybski or not, you won't finish this book without a little IQ rise.
22 of 25 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Thank You S&S 31 Oct 2005
By Cash Andy - Published on Amazon.com
I first read S&S in my late teens while in college probably in 1960. I truly believe that it kept me sane during that decade.

Thank you S&S for helping to save me from abandoning myself to profound confusion. Thank you S&S for helping me to question the events of that period by applying reason and the principles revealed to me by Korzibsky. When I was drafted into the military in 1968 I realized that I had 'under-defined' patriotism by excluding the terms Marine Corps(yes they were drafting people also), rifle and killing. Over 35 years have pasted and now I continue to apply S&S ideas to get me through each day as I hear the double-speak coming out of my government. Thank you S&S for helping me to understand that people who don't question will allow others to cast the definition of words for them. Democracy IS invasion, freedom IS our way, justice IS killing. Thank you S&S for reminding me that democracy, freedom and justice are just words and that their truer meaning can be more fully learned only by the way we define and live our individual lives. After all , democracy is just a word unless you live it!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Communicating in a clearer way 21 Jun 2001
By Patrick Merlevede - Published on Amazon.com
Having followed NLP training (up to Trainer's Level) I have tried for years to live the expression "the map is not the territory". NLPers (including myself) often use this expression from Korzibsky methophorically to indicate that what we are saying or percieving is only a part of reality. Much of NLP as a field (as well as of my book on emotional intelligence) has to do with taking apart our "subjective experience" and trying to avoid mixing up what we think (our interpretation) with "hard facts".
NLP borrows some of its ideas in this area from a field known as "general semantics" and points to Korzibsky and his writings. But there is a "small" problem": most people I've met find "Science and Sananity", Korzibsky's main book, "quite challenging" to read (to say the least).
For me, the authors of this book have succeeded to render the ideas of General Semantics more accessible. What I appreciated especially was that this book does more than explaining Korzibsky's concepts: it also makes them usable as a tool to formulate what you want to say, so that you prevent being misunderstood (in stead of having to catch up after that people have misunderstood you).
Whether you have had NLP training or not, if you want to communicate in a way that helps to avoid misunderstanding, this book may be a welcome source for help!
Patrick E.C. Merlevede, -- co-author of "7 Steps to Emotional Intelligence"
14 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A practical-minded look at English semantics 6 Oct 2002
By Midwest Book Review - Published on Amazon.com
Now in its revised second edition, Drive Yourself Sane: Using The Uncommon Sense Of General Semantics by Susan and Bruce Kodish (recipients of the J. Talbot Winchell Award for their work in general semantics) is a practical-minded look at the semantics of the English language, how they affect interpersonal communication, and how individuals can use knowledge of the underlying meanings between phrases and words to improve their understanding and interaction with fellow human beings. Drive Yourself Sane is highly recommended for its informed and informative examination of the practical side of language science, and for its accessible to both the formal student of linguistics and the non-specialist general reader with an interest in the effects of communication upon personal development.
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