The context makes all the difference

In this blog Fe reflects on the context-specific nature of meaning, and how we can use this to our advantage

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As the summer holiday progress, I’ve been noticing how different my experience of being at home with my family most of the time is to that of the early days of lockdown. So much is the same, we still have little social contact, we still visit very few places, and we have an intensity of time together. And yet, it is really different too. There is a defined end-date, the school term begins in September and it seems highly likely that children will indeed be attending classes in person.
As I ponder this I notice the importance of context, it is what gives experience meaning. We humans are meaning making machines, we continually make connections and interpret events. Without a context, it is hard to do this, and when the context changes, the meaning changes too. What had the makings of an ordeal suddenly feels like a summer holiday, despite the significant overlaps and similarities.
Why does this matter? It matters because the way you frame things for yourself has a profound influence on what you think and feel about them, and the qualities of your bodymind experience. If the way you are perceiving something is causing you pain, perhaps it is wise to come up with a range of other ways to see it. Change the context, change the meaning.
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Fe Robinson, Psychotherapist

Hi. I'm Fe, and I'm here to help you thrive, whatever life brings. I believe every client is unique, I work with you to help you explore, discover and grow in whatever ways are right for you. I work with a wide range of clients, both long and short term. I offer Psychotherapy, EMDR therapy and Couples Counselling to UK clients online and in Gainford, Co.Durham in North-East England. I am UKCP Accredited and an EMDR Europe Practitioner, and offer Clinical Supervision to counsellors and psychotherapists online and in person. Following a career in Organisation Development I became a therapist because it's my heart work. Before having my family and starting my private practice I worked in the NHS and mental health charities.