Reframing Human Connection

 

 

 

Reframing Human Connection

 

At Connection Lab reframing refers to experimenting with looking at the same thing through a different lens. Artists do this all the time – different ways to test perspective. 

 

The challenge in visual artist is how to achieve three-dimension on a two-dimensional surface. What do you do when far away large objects look small and smaller nearby objects look large? Cezanne painted dozens of landscapes of the mountain Sainte Victoire in his home town in France. The paintings lend themselves to abstraction because they are not in the classical linear perspective so the size of the mountain is misleading – but for Cezanne variations in the mountain’s perspective and arrangements of planes varied in each piece to compensate for the panorama that he sought to evoke.

 
With optical Illusions use of color, light and patterns to create images can be deceptive or misleading to our brains. The information gathered by the eye is processed by the brain, creating a perception that in reality, does not match the true image. Perception refers to the interpretation of what we take in through our eyes. Optical illusions occur because our brain is trying to interpret what we see and make sense of the world around us. Optical illusions simply trick our brains into seeing things which may or may not be real.
 

In communication the same principles apply — personal perspectives are colored and tricked by our predispositions or mindsets. We are not always conscious of what causes our behavior. One time I was on the subway in NYC going to school with a friend. Apparently I had given her a dirty look and then she gave me a dirty look in return and before we knew it by the time we got to school we were furious at each other.

 
In Connection Lab we experiment with reframing these moments through observation without judgement to see if we can create better self-awareness. A popular tool we use for this Gervase R. Bushe’s the Experience Cube. In his video he succinctly sums up that much of our problems and conflict in the workplace are mostly made up—we just need to clear out of the “mush”. 
 
 
The fight I had with my friend on the subway was a product of our own personal fiction. We were looking through the wrong end of the telescope and got mush rather than reality. By the end of the day we made the adjustment necessary when I asked her and found out why she was mad at me. Our fight was no different than an optical illusion- another type of line and color to trick our minds.
 
Once aware that our minds may be decoding images and, in this case a singular second on a subway, differently, chances get better that we may be aware that we are missing critical information. A second look may produce an entirely different result.
 
Reframe the situation – look again in a different way.

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