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Looking at the image above, what are your thoughts?
– “Omg! He is so violent.”
– “How can he hit the kid so forcefully.”
– “It is not right to be using force or violent.”
– “What kind of father is he, how can he do that?”
It is normal to have these thoughts, because that is how the image is being framed. This is just 1 of the perspective that is true (given this content and context).

What if… the image is being framed this way, what are your thoughts now?
– “He is feeling angry with the kid for being naughty.”
– “Maybe he is punishing the kid for damaging the laptop.”
– “Oh, he is disciplining and teaching the kid a lesson.”
– “He is a strict father who show tough love.”

What if… the image is being framed this way, what are your thoughts now?
– “Wow! He is so brave to fight the snake.”
– “Hitting the stick can help scare the snake away.”
– “Will he be able to keep himself safe from the snake?”
– “He can be a good zoo keeper or pest control officer.”

This is the power of framing and reframing. The meaning of any event or situation is influenced by how we frame it. From a negative frame, it can be reframed into something positive to provide more choices or resourcefulness.

Frame provides a context or focus for thoughts and actions. Like putting on a picture frame, it limits or set a boundaries on what can be seen in a picture and it changes the way the picture is perceived.
Reframing involves some creativity to change the frame of reference. The difference in perspective helps to shift the experience and get a different response. Like changing the picture frame, it changes the perception and interpretation of the picture.

The 2 basic forms of reframes are: Content and Context reframes

Content Reframe
The presupposition is that “Every behavior has a positive intention”.
Find a more appropriate meaning for the behavior previously perceived negatively.
Possible questions to ask:
– What is the positive value in this behavior?
– What else could this behavior mean?
– What is the positive purpose of this behavior?

Context Reframe
The presupposition is that “Almost all behaviors are useful or appropriate in some context”.
Associate a negative behavior to an appropriate context and find an appropriate behavior for the previously negative perspective.
Possible questions to ask:
– Where would this behavior be useful or viewed as a resource?
– In what situation can this behavior have value?
– Who else would find this behavior positive?


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