In this module we will examine briefly the process of
abstracting, by which information reaches our nervous systems and then our
minds and how it gets edited along the way.
The Structural Differential
The Structural Differential is a physical tool which was devised by
Korzybski and used to help understand the process of abstracting.
Please click the link to read an explanation
excerpted from Susan and Bruce Kodish’s book, Drive Yourself Sane.
E = Event
O = Object Level
D = Descriptive Level
In = Inference Level (One, Two, Etc.)
Fido = Dog’s (Animal’s) Abstracting Process
The illustration provided is a diagram of the Structural Differential
(Diagram Courtesy of the Institute of General Semantics,