Quadrant III - Perceptual Space
Quadrant III gives a macroscopic, not microscopic view, in other words a 'bird's-eye-view'. The client stays out of trance, the eyes are open, the work is behaviorally based. The therapist observes eye movements and the behavior of the client. The therapist takes note of where the client is looking. The therapist first asks questions that follow where they are going with their eyes and then questions that define what is there.
'Where are you going when you go down there?'
'Down to the carpet.'
'Whereabouts to the carpet?'
'Down through a hole in the carpet.'
'What kind of a hole in the carpet?'
'It's a dark hole.'
'Dark and anything else?'
'Dark and cold.'
'What kind of dark and cold?'
'A dark cold night and I'm scared.'
'How old are you when it is a dark cold night and you're scared?'
Now we have got to T-1 memory by using the behavior of the eyes rather than through the heart or though the feelings. Quadrant III gives the client more control than they have in Quadrant II therefore it is not so overwhelming. The client doesn't have to put the actual experience into words. This plays a huge role in the prevention of re-traumatization of the client.
Features of Quadrant III:
- It's behaviorally based.
- It's pre-verbal.
- It's macroscopic, a bird's-eye-view.
- It's not in trance.
- It's in the here and now.
Quadrant III answers the questions, 'What happens just before you speak?', and 'Where do you go to, to get the (Quadrant I) information you speak cognitively?'. Quadrant III maps 'perceptual space' and the way we perceive things before we speak about them. Rather than wait for the words to appear, it goes to the pre-verbal source. Before we speak, we look, there are eye movements, we clear our throat, wipe our lips, twitch, sign, make a 'umm' sound. 'Umm' exists as a bridge between Quadrant I and Quadrant III, we use 'umm' to give us time before the words follow.
In Quadrant III a lot of insights and gestalts occur spontaneously and the client has more control. In Quadrant III we format a client's information before we come in with our interventions. We pull back (to just before a person speaks) and see what extra information a person can give. For the therapist, there's not so much to do in Quadrant III because we say very little, we want the space to talk. It has an immediacy for the client. In Quadrant III we find fragments of ourselves. When the client can look at the carpet and no longer see a hole, then healing has occurred. The fragment has been reincorporated back into the body (T+1). Quadrant III is not necessarily healing but it does have lots of insights. Quadrant III work is more behavioral in nature; it is also Gestalt.
Mapping occurs in Quadrant III. The information can be a bit tenuous at the beginning so it can take a few sessions of mapping before it is firmed up. Map before you intervene. When mapping, the dissociative bits normally come first, e.g. looking upwards. These first angles show you how the client has tried to escape from their experience.
After healing has occurred the client's map will change. The dysfunctional elements will no longer appear on the map. The 'real estate', so to speak, of the perceptual space is now available to the client instead of causing problems. The net effect is very positive. (see below for More On Mapping)