This book is a collection of biographical sketches of some of the leading figures of our time, though the figures aren't people but configurations of words. Proposing that such words constitute an active force that can lead us into certain attitudes and behavior with realizing it, Rosenthal shows how our leading language acquired such power and suggests ways to escape its control.
Peggy Rosenthal, independent scholar, has a doctorate in literature and writes widely on popular culture and the language of public discourse. Focusing most recently on how poetic language enriches the human spirit, she offers courses and workshops around the country on poetry as a resource for reflection.
Chapter 1 Part One: The Attractions of Self: Introduction; From "God sylfa" to "I celebrate myself"; Psychology's Self; The Power of a Positive Self Chapter 2 Part Two: Growth and Development to Realize Your Potential: The Growth and Development of Growth and Development; The End of Growth; "You Must Develop"; But I Don't Mean All That! Chapter 3 Part Three: It's All Relative-or Is It?: Introduction to Relativity and Relationship; Relativity's Lines; Relativity's Tangles and Other Troubles; It's All Relative Still, in Some Cases Chapter 4 Part Four: Relationships: Introduction; Wholistic Relationships: Relations Perceived as Meaningful Wholes; Sociological Relationships: Reified Relations; Systems Analysis: Quantified and Controlled Relations Chapter 5 Epilogue: Where Does It All Lead (and Do We Have To Go Along?; Notes; Index