When the Remedy is the Problem
This paper investigates how attempting to apply a remedy to a problem
can sometimes perpetuate or exacerbate that problem or create another
problem, and then the attempted remedy is itself a problem. We draw heavily on the work of Paul Watzlawick and his colleagues in the 1960s and 70s at
the Brief Therapy Center of the Mental Research Institute in Palo Alto,
When 'Where' Matters: How psychoactive space is created and utilised
What is a feedback loop?
What are the ten principles of feedback loops?
What difference does it make to think in terms of feedback loops?
These notes reveal all.
Preferences: What and How We Like
A joined-up model of how methodologies derived from the work of David Grove invoke the psychoactivity of spatial relations in therapeutic, as well as in other settings. Once a space becomes psychoactive a person is effectively 'living in their metaphor'. Then, when something changes in that perceptual space (often spontaneously), more of their mind-body is involved. This usually produces a more embodied and systemic change.
How do you know:
When and How to Use 'when' and 'as'
° you like/dislike something?
° how much you like/dislike it?
° you prefer it to something else you like less?
Modelling the embodied how we know we prefer one thing, person or activity over another.
‘When’ and as’ one of the primary ways to cleanly invite clients to attend to an aspect of their perception of their Metaphor Landscape. These notes describe how ‘when’ and ’as’ can be used:
- To enhance the effectiveness of your questions by more precisely directing the client’s attention
- To specify or frame the context in which the question is answered
- In a variety of ways
- At different times in the process.
Proximity and Meaning
Notes about the relationship of the Mind-Body and Body-Mind:
1. General quotes
2. Thoughts of Moshe Feldenkrais
3. What is the body?
4. Body ‘communication’
5. Body metaphors
6. The embodied nature of meaning and metaphor - balance
7. Recommended reading
Thinking Networks I
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.
Learning to Act from What You Know to be True
Self-Deception, Delusion and Denial
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.
Part 2 - And How to Act from What You Know to be True - has just been published in 'work in progress' form.