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A Developmental Perspective
'Development' is not out
there in the observed system — it is a perspective, a worldview, a way
of punctuating experience. We have become convinced of the value of
maintaining a developmental perspective because it helps us make sense
of the changes our clients do and do not make. (Not to mention
Multiple Perceptions, Perspectives and Perceivers
"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
Ken Wilber has said that the first two "important truths of postmodernism [that we construct reality and that meaning is context-dependent] means a multiperspective approach to reality is called for." We maintain that all of us naturally make use of multiple perceptions, multiple perspectives and multiple perceivers, but how do we do that?
"Everything is determined by context. All
messages in the real world that really are messages happen within a
context. The context may be evolutionary, chemical, biological,
neurological, linguistic, or technological, but it transforms the
question of information content beyond measure." Jack Cohen and Ian Stewart, The Collapse of Chaos.
Constructivism is Only a Construct
Extended quotations about Experiential Constructivism from Fritjof Capra, John Grinder & Richard Bandler, and George Lakoff & Mark Johnson. Plus recommended reading.
Endings and Beginnings
As this is the last Developing Group of the current series, the last
one of the year, the last one at our home, and the last one in the
current format, we thought we'd finish with 'endings'. Then it occurred
to us that an ending makes no sense without a beginning, hence the topic:
modelling 'Endings and Beginnings'.
Utilising Autogenic Metaphor
How do people make use of their metaphors and
symbols once they’ve identified them? This
is such a natural thing for us to do that we had not appreciated the
extent to which some people can develop a new metaphor but then do not know
what to do with it. They do not naturally link their
metaphors to changing behaviour or perception in their everyday life. We
decided to find out what was happening. We have begun investigating
how people who ARE aware of utilising their metaphors do
this. And this topic will be the focus of the October 5th
Developing Group day.
Metonymy & Part-Whole Relationships
Apart from metaphor, there is another, less well known process that seems to be equally fundamental to language and cognition — metonymy.
Metonymy enables us to use one part or aspect of an experience to stand
for some other part (or the whole) of that experience. Unlike metaphor
which involves two domains of experience, metonymy only requires one.
Modelling Dynamic Equilibrium
First of all, what is dynamic equilibrium?
Second, why make it a topic for the next Developing Group day (1 June 2002)
Third, how do you make use of the idea of dynamic equilibrium to improve your Symbolic Modelling skills?