The boundary between awareness of feeling and expression of feeling in words is very fluid. (…) The feeling may be still more closely related to the word, but as long as the word is still a „living word,“ it has done little harm to the feeling. But there comes a point where the word becomes separated from the feeling, i.e., also from the speaking person, and at this point the word has lost its reality, except as a combination of sounds. Many people experience this change. They were aware of a strong, beautiful – or frightening – experience. A day later, when they want to remember it by putting it into words, they say a sentence that accurately describes the feeling, yet the sentence sounds foreign to them; it is felt as if it were entirely in their head, that it has no connection with what they felt when it happened.

The process corresponds to one that is described in Hegelian and Marxian terminology as one of „exteriorization“ (Entäußerung), as long as the word is still connected with the feeling, leading to alienation (Entfremdung), when the word has become independent from the feeling. When this happens, one should realize that something went wrong, and that one has begun juggling words, rather than become aware of inner reality. ― (1989a [1974-75]: The Art of Being, New York (Continuum) 1993, pp. 79f.)