graphic: MetaSelf Logo


If I can't picture something,
I can't understand it.

— Albert Einstein

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graphic: MetaSelf: The Big Picture
A tool for self-assessment and personal change
Familiar body-centered metaphors are assembled into
a full picture of our mental, psychological, social,
ethical, and spiritual selves;
Using simple pictures and an everyday spatial vocabulary;
Drawing on cutting edge research from Cognitive Science.

Learn How Your Body Structures Your Mind and Your Life

graphic: Front/Back Axis, slice 09: Right figure facing Left Figure
The Front/Back Axis of the Self, showing the 8 Spaces
(click or tap any of the 8 Spaces to view a description of it.)

Many familiar English phrases — "the back of my mind", "putting up a good front", etc., etc. — are metaphorical uses of space, based on the physical structure of our bodies in gravity. We all share four bodily, spatial contrasts: front/back, up/down, left/right (or center/side), and inside/outside.

These bodily contrasts are the spatial framework and the key vocabulary in MetaSelf's basic picture: two upright figures facing each other in a room, holding masks, offering gifts. This simple sketch helps us understand ourselves and embodies the principles of Conceptual Metaphor Theory. (For the theory in general, see a 67 min. video with George Lakoff. For some brilliant, specific work on the preverbal spatial foundations of our whole conceptual system, see Jean Mandler’s recent articles.)

A Handy Tool for Three Overlapping Groups:

For Individuals,
MetaSelf can help you —
  • Imagine a loving "I" attending to your evolving parts.
  • Re-ground your abstract values in your body's structure.
  • Use balance as a detailed metaphor for self-regulation.
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For Educators & Healers,
MetaSelf can —
  • Help somatic healers and "heady" clients communicate.
  • Enlarge spatial thinking to include figurative space.
  • Integrate verbal skills with visual/spatial skills.
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For Researchers & Theorists,
MetaSelf can —
  • Promote cognitive science using ordinary language and pictures.
  • Offer conceptual metaphor as a self-transformation tool.
  • Ground the idea of "self" in the body's structure in gravity (Lakoff & Johnson).
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