11 Outcome of Outcome Framing

Since shifting a person into the "future" (conceptually, of course) works so well (and it did, did it not?), then let's do it again! This conversational reframing pattern simply, but magically, sends one even further into the future, to not only consider the immediate outcomes and consequences of the EB, but to consider the outcome-of-the-outcome.

Here we linguistically directionalize consciousness to do more consequential thinking and more long-term thinking so that the person gets an even greater perspective over "time" about effects and effects-of-effects. In doing this we can explore and set a frame around additional outcomes that will (or could) result from the person's reality construct.

(A) "Saying mean things makes you a bad person."

"Since, in the long run that belief will prevent people from speaking the truth to one another, this idea of moralizing on how people express themselves verbally will lead to argument? And if we keep moralizing in this way, won't that make us more and more judgmental and harmful to each other?"

(B) "Cancer causes death."

"Isn't this thinking of cancer only and exclusively in terms of death a pretty negative perspective, and where will that kind of death thinking get you-but more depression and resignation, which then signals your brain to go into even more gloomy and sick states?"

What does something mean? What does a piece of EB mean? We hope by now you fully appreciate just how much it depends upon context. Staying within the conceptual box (as we did in Chapter 5) provides some meanings. Now going out beyond the box in "time" to look at consequences extends the frame-of-reference. In this, we here re-define the meaning of the formula. Here we essentially say, "EB doesn't mean IS, it means something

else when you look at its long-term effects and the effects of those effects."

From another perspective, we here outframe the belief and meaning formula with thoughts-and-feelingsabout consequences. That is, we meta-state the belief by bringing consequences, "the future," outcomes, etc. to bear on the belief.

In this Outcome-of-an-Outcomemove, we aim not only to expand the meaning in terms of consequences, but also to find other results. Obviously, a new outcome will change the meaning even though our focus here doesn't particularly lie on what the EB equals, means, or causes, but what it will or could cause overtime. When we so send our consciousness to future consequences and bring that awareness back to the belief, we feedforward information into the ongoing development of the belief (like feedback except the results haven't actually occurred yet). This enables us to use the wisdom that we can develop by taking the future perspective and then bringing our insights back. This will thereby prevent a lot of exclamations on the order of, 'If I had only known that it would have lead to that!"

(C) 'Your being late means you don't care about me."

"When I think about the effect of that statement, it seems to undermine your feelings of being loved by me and to call into question the validity of my love. And I wonderwhat will happen eventually if you feel less and less loved and I feel my love more and more invalidated? It doesn't seem to really build anything solid between us, does it?'

(D) "Stress causes me to eat chocolate."

"So you say that stress causes you to eat chocolate, so over time as you eat more and more chocolate, that will create even more stress since you will gain unwanted weight, and then you'll eat even more until ... what?

(E) "I can't really make a difference because management doesn't walk their talk."

"Consider whether the real issue truly focuses around whether or not management walks their talk, or whether you want to live with the outcome of thinking that way, and using that as an excuse for not acting with responsibility, or walking your talk, and will then lead you to act and behave as irresponsibly as the management you complain about. Do you want to live with that outcome of the first outcome?" (F) "I can't buy your product because it costs too much." "The price certainly seems to costs too much now, but I wonder if by putting off the purchase now, and the price goes up next year, and the year after, and then it may get so high that you'll never have the opportunity that you now have. I wonder how you feel about the missed opportunities your fear of price caused?"

To elicit this Conversational Reframing Pattern use the elicitation question:

"What outcome may arise after this first outcome that, when you shift your thinking to it, creates a whole new frame-of-reference?"

"The issue may seem to be this internal state at this point in time, but what will the issue become later, and what will that turn into after that?"

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