Proximity and Meaning
Self-Deception, Delusion and Denial
Adjacency is about 'next to-ness'. It creates meaning in people's minds - naturally. This article examines the significance of adjacency, how we can recognise it, and how we can work with it for ourselves and our clients, taking a 'clean' approach to adjacency.
Part 1 - When we deceive, delude or deny to our self,
we mislead our self, we misrepresent or disown what we know to be true,
we lie to our self, we refuse to acknowledge that which we know. This article descibes how it takes multiple levels of awareness to be able to do this and gives a systemic perspective on this universal human trait.
Big Fish in a Small Pond: The Importance of Scale
Part 2 - And How to Act from What You Know to be True - has just been published in 'work in progress' form.
Do you make 'mountains out of molehills', or are problems just 'a drop in the ocean'? How you proportion your perceptions is fundamental to the structure of your subjective experience. Your map may not be the territory, but if it's to be of much use you'd better know its scale. This article is about the nature of scale, how to begin modeling it, and what happens when you change the scale of things to come.
Modelling the Structure of Binds and Double Binds
How is it that sometimes people want to change, try to change, and may even make changes, yet they end up repeating the same old patterns? They are in a bind. This article describes four prototypical binds; defines double binds; and summarises how to transform binds. PLUS, newly added: Guidelines for working with binding patterns.
It’s about time: Modelling frames of desire
Desired outcomes, aims, goals, intentions, objectives, plans, purposes and targets all describe a preferred future. When in the future and what kind of outcome makes a difference to how we facilitate clients to realise their desires. Whether a person wants to take a decision in the here and now, or to enjoy the rest of their life, involves different timeframes and structurally different outcomes. This paper examines modelling the timeframes, structures and evidence of client’s desires.
REPROCess: Modelling Attention
The first principle of Symbolic Modelling is: Know what you are modelling, i.e. what kind of experience the client is having. This article shows how the REPROCess model enables a facilitator to do that. Published Acuity, Vol.3, Nov 2011.
Keeping It Clean
thesis is simple: we each have a mind of our own. A 'personal mind', the
American psychologist William James called it. A unique, extraordinary
labyrinth of neural networks to which no-one else can have real access. Any
process aiming to help us change our minds for developmental or therapeutic
reasons must start from the premise that the choice must be ours alone.
The Role of Meta-comments
‘Meta-comments’ are those verbal and
nonverbal expressions which comment on what has just happened. These ‘about-the-now’ comments can
range from the fully conscious and explicit to the completely unconscious
and implicit. They are much more common than you might expect. This paper describes how to recognise and make use of them in your facilitation.
Paying attention to what they're paying attention to
An introduction to the Perceiver-Perceived-Relationship-Context (PPRC) model. It enables a client’s verbal and nonverbal behaviour to be used to infer how they construct their model of their world, i.e. it is a model of perception from the client’s perspective.
"Becoming familiar with the characteristics of organisational levels of Metaphor Landscapes means you will be able to distinguish between them, to shift your attention from one to another and to recognise how each level influences the Landscape as a whole. This in turn will enhance your ability to cleanly invite clients to switch their attention within and between the four levels (symbols, relationships, patterns and pattern of organisation)." Metaphors in Mind
, p. 31