Transforming Reality Through Reframing

Everything anyone ever says lies within some frame-of-reference. And usually, it lies within multiple layers of frames. These represent the presuppositions and paradigms of our lives. At a larger logical level than internal representations of specific visual, auditory, and kinesthetic components we have over-arching frames which drive those representations.

The reframing process entails several things. First we identify the frames we use to process information that create our reality and the experience that follows. Then we flexibly shift frames in order to generate more enhancing meanings. Here, in reframing we cognitively restructure our perspective (i.e., points of view, perceptual positions) to generate new meanings that transform life.

Wheneverwe put a piece of behavior or perspective in a different frame, we transform the meanings it holds for us. Because reframing changes the frame-of-reference from which we perceive, it changes meanings. And when meaning changes—so do responses and behaviors. We use reframing primarily to bring about changed responses by changing the response-driving frame. This becomes especially useful in transforming behaviors, habits, emotions, and even physical symptoms that we don't like.

Another factor underscores the importance of frame. Namely, whoever sets the frame, runs the show (or governs the subsequent experience). Because frames and paradigms run our perceptions, understandings, values, emotions, behaviors, etc. whoever sets a frame assumes psychological control of a situation or set of relations. (The Meta-States Model more fully describes this.)

Since "meaning" does not exist in the world, but only in human minds, it inevitably arises from a person's thinking, evaluating, explaining, attributing, believing, interpreting, etc. What exists in the world at large? Stimuli, actions, events. What frame-of-reference we put around a stimulus determines the meaning it has for us. Reframing attaches new meaning to the same sensory stimuli. In reframing then, we do not change the world, we change the meanings we attribute to the world.

When should we reframe our perspective? When we want to change our response to the world. Sure we could (and sometimes should) change the world. Yet frequently we cannot. However, we can always change one thing—our attitude or our frame-of-reference. Human history has long demonstrated that we can attribute a great number of meanings (some enhancing, some disempowering) to any given stimuli of actions or events. And whatever meaning we attach to the event will become "real" to us—on our insides, in our nervous system.

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