The “I” from a systemic perspective.

Systemic Perspective Pic

I have had the good fortune to attend a course on The Systemic Perspective Approach in Case Conceptualization.  In the course, I learned about what the Systemic Perspective was all about.  The Systemic Perspective was a theory created by Dr. Chris Fong, it was his PhD dissertation. In his theory, he says that each one of us have our own Values, Beliefs, Norms, and Culture (or VBNC).  Over that are 8 more layers which he names them as Globalisation, Mindset, Affect, Physical, Social, Philosophy, Ethnicity, and Political/Economics; each of these will have its own set of VBNC.  His whole theory can be summarized into the picture included above.

When I first saw the picture, it just hit me that it looks so much like the layers of an onion.  Delving further, it started to look like the “ego” defined.  A crisis happens when any of those layers, that was just described, falls apart (as in, something that does not fit into your expectations happens).  At this point, I have started to formulate the idea that at some point in our life, we start constructing this structure using the aforementioned layers.  As our life progress, we make small adjustments to our mental creation of how our world should work, thus giving birth to our personalities, and behaviours.  In so doing, we have created this artificial facade of ourselves that we present to the world to interact with the world.

Unfortunately, as time progresses, we have forgotten that THAT is not our real self, but an artificial construct created by ourselves to facilitate our interaction with the world around us.  As a result of that, we have adopted the facade as the actual “I”.  Along with that comes with all the unpleasant things that we perceive to happen when one of the layers starts to break down.

Take a moment to think about the following; how much truth is reflected in the picture above describing each one of us?  How did I allow them to take over my life?  Where is the real “I”?


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