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ERIC Number: ED404048
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1993
Pages: 11
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Green in Green: A Study of Inner Disconnection, Its Implications and Rectification.
Cohen, Michael J.
This paper explores the long-term effects of assigning cultural symbols to one's natural sensory experiences. Sixty-two Washington State residents of differing occupations, ages 16-51, participated in the study. Participants' responses to the question, "When did you first learn the color green?" fell into two main categories. Some participants remember associating the word "green" with their green sensation. Other participants recognized that they naturally knew green (greenness) as a sense or sensation at birth or before. The participants were also asked to quickly read the colors on a color chart list in which the ink colors did not correspond to the color names. The overwhelming tendency was for participant's to read the colors as words rather than as colors. Many participants attributed some of their personal stress and conflicts to their learned inhibitions about communicating their natural senses and feelings. Participants never experienced stress on the last word on the list, the word "green" written in green ink. This study suggests that our culturally trained, language dominated, new-brain way of knowing tends to stress us when it overrides our inherent inner nature (old-brain). However, a comfortable sense of wholeness prevails when new-brain language symbols correctly identify and support our inner nature. Outdoor nature-connecting activities are suggested and described. Contains 10 references. (KS)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
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Language: English
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