Frames of Thinking



Thinking and memory problems, also known as cognitive problems, are common in our busy modern lives. Issues include memory, attention span, planning, decision making, understanding or concentration.

Problems with thinking and memory affect around half of all people in our lifetimes. Cognition is the medical term for thinking, and problems with thought and memory are known as cognitive problems. Strategies to compensate for cognitive problems and exercises to train your brain can all help.

You might have already experienced issues with your memory, attention span, planning, decision making, understanding or concentration. Many people talk about ‘brain fog’ or ‘cog-fog’ to refer to a sense that their thinking processes are sometimes not as organised or reliable as they used to be before they had a life challenge or emotional anxiety. Cognitive problems are often caused directly by experiences although they may also be the side effect of medication. Other symptoms such as fatigue, anxiety, or depression can make your cognitive issues worse.

One wonderful technique to help people when facing perceived problems and to help them think more effectively is called FRAMING. This is the way you look at a problem, that is the frame you give it, can make it easier or harder to solve. Successful consultants and building contractors set the scope or frame of a project so that all involved know what is included and excluded. In a similar way, we use frames in NLP to provide a context, focus or guidance for our thoughts and actions. Now, certain NLP frames are useful for providing a focus for our activities, for ensuring we are congruent, for providing a context in which we can assess our progress, for exploring other possibilities or for ensuring a common understanding.

The concept of framing is developing the ability to step out of an experience, take a second position so that you can understand the different perspectives, and learn to cope with them. You need to learn the length and degree of changing frames in order to gain the maximum flexibility of consciousness.

When we shift to another frame, we reframe our perspective and consequently our meaning. This change in meaning brings about a change in Neuro- linguistic and Neuro semantic reality. We begin to see normal things differently, feel different types of emotions, and begin to speak and act in a different manner.

Try these frames when faced with a challenging situation…