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The process of using a prior interpretation to construe a new or a revised interpretation of the meaning of one’s experience in order to guide future action.
Habits of Mind
Points of View
…these operate below our level of awareness…
…there is more awareness for these…
A set of assumptions – broad, generalized, orienting dispositions that act as a filter for interpreting meaning.
Immediate specific beliefs
Critical assessment of Assumptions
Recognizing that others have gone through a similar process
Exploring options for formulating a new plan of action
Acquiring knowledge and skill
Trying out new roles
Reintegration back into one’s life based on the new, transformed perspective
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