Frames are like boxes. We put things in a box and label it, and this is a generalization. Recall our brain filters our perceptions through deletions, distortions, personalzations and generalizations. When we shift our frame, we shift our perception. Then, the whole world changes.
People have problems and those problems are usually of two kinds. The first type of problem is when people aren’t getting what they want. The second type of problem is when people don’t know how to get what they want.
All of our problems are emotional by nature. You FEEL like you have a problem. Fear, anxiety, hurt, depression, insecurity, low-confidence, sadness, stress, relationship issues, etc. can all be helped with frameshifting. In frameshifting we look at a problem and put it into a new context.
Focus is what we look at perspective is where we look from. Frameshifting helps move you out of your own negative perspective.
If you were to demonstrated physically you would take a small frame and put it inside a larger frame. When you have a problem you, can focus on the good things that you’re missing. Frameshifting is when you choose to bring attention to the negative things you are also losing, This makes the situation more manageable.
Say you’re going through a breakup. It sucks. Maybe your partner was cheating you. Still, you miss the little things, you miss out on connection and the intimacy of being with another person. However, you’d also be missing out on someone unfaithful, disloyal, dishonest and untrustworthy
By reframing the situation you make it more manageable.
What exactly is frameshifting?
Frameshifting is taking a specific problem and putting it in a new context. When you focus on a problem it’s all you see, so you can benefit when you shift your perspective. See the problem from a new angle. More perspectives lead to more opportunities for change and resolution.
Identify, challenge and confirm the problem. Get clarity. Challenging the problem is important because one problem often disguises another. You might think your problem is feeling pressured or overwhelmed, but maybe the real problem is that you’re afraid of letting others down and you feel like you have to put on a good face.
Then, put that problem in a new context. Look at it from a different angle. Remember, empowerment comes through responsibility.
One small action builds momentum, confidence and other resourceful states. So, pick one action that you can take.
Imagine taking that action in the future. What does it look like. How does it feel. How do you act.
Now check in with yourself. How do you feel Is it okay with you, this action you want to take.