Monday, November 14, 2022

Learning to zoom in and zoom out is critical for better emotional literacy and processing

In counseling work, when patients realize that they can zoom in(fusion) and zoom out(defusion) from a thought/feeling/narrative, they can change that thought/feeling/narrative without changing the actual thought/feeling/narrative.

So “zoom out” or defuse from self critical, it becomes self reflective

Avoidance becomes acceptance

Fixed becomes flexible

Aggressiveness becomes assertiveness

Compromise becomes consensus

“No choice” becomes “There is a choice”

Stuck becomes unstuck

Closed/judging becomes opened/curious

Conflict becomes understanding

Seeing the trees becomes seeing the forrest

And so …..

The point is, learning to “zoom in” and “zoom out” is a critical skill in emotional literacy and processing.

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