Reframing

There are a lot of phrases we use that have subtle psychological effects on how we approach ourselves, others, and the world generally.

This page is a stub, created on 2020-04-07. Its contents are notes on the issues and angles I want to address about this topic.


There are a lot of phrases we use that have subtle psychological effects on how we approach ourselves, others, and the world generally.

I've been thinking a lot about certain kinds of reframings that have been very helpful for me:

  1. "[X] makes me feel [Y]" → "I feel [Y] because [X] holds [Z] meaning for me"
  2. "endure" → "choose"
  3. "let go" → "sit with" or "let be"
  4. "let myself [X]" → "direct myself [X]" or just "I [X]"
  5. "get past" → "work through"
  6. "fix" → "heal"
  7. "change" → "grow"
  8. "you [X] → "I'm imagining you [X]" or "the story I'm telling myself is you [X]"
  9. "balance" → "integrate"
  10. "negative emotions" → "unpleasant emotions"