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Awareness and Action: A General Semantics Approach to Effective Language Behavior (Part 2) - Abstraction: Exploring Why the Map Is Not the Territory

  title={Awareness and Action: A General Semantics Approach to Effective Language Behavior (Part 2) - Abstraction: Exploring Why the Map Is Not the Territory},
  author={Mary P. Lahman},
The particular peepholes that define [our] outlook on the world become too small for [us] to see its large and exciting horizons. --Wendell Johnson (1946, p. 30) Abstraction When we "abstract," we select small portions of reality to attend to and leave out the rest. In the abstraction process, our senses and locations, not to mention previous training and experiences, limit what we encounter of all that is going on in the world. Bois (1978) created the acronym "WIGO" from the phrase "what is… 

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