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Month: March 2011

Risk vs. Threat

Successfully getting off the ledge, to the edge, and then doing effective edgework depends on the absence of a looming threat, be it real or perceived. All three ideas I offered (1, 2, and 3) have in common one thing: they all aim at reducing threat. But, don’t confuse threat and risk. Working at the edge is a risk. But then again, so is walking out your front door. A risk simply means a chance at failure. There’s a lot to be learned from failure and risk can be something… Read more Risk vs. Threat

Or, You Could Always Use Maps

In my last post I talked about lifting the fog to get off of the ledge. I made two summarizing statements: The fog of reason is the fog of working from bad information. The way out of this fog is critical rationalism. The fog of faith is the fog of working from maladaptive beliefs. The way out of this fog is through evangelism. These equate to “talking someone down from the ledge.” But there’s another option. You could just give them a map. I mean this both metaphorically and literally.… Read more Or, You Could Always Use Maps

Lifting the Fog

Yesterday, I spoke of the fog. If one is in unfamiliar territory and blinded by fog it may feel as if the edge is an inch away in any or all directions. This does not feel like an edge. It feels like a ledge and it is crippling. People fall off of ledges unless they are rescued, after all. Either way, ledges rob one of feeling in control. It’s a helpless feeling. Of course I’m using the fog metaphorically here. So, in reality, what makes up this fog? What is… Read more Lifting the Fog

When the Edge Feels Like a Ledge

Yesterday I wrote of the body’s edge of protection. I need to spell out an exception. As I mentioned, edges are often blocked from view by fog. If one is in unfamiliar territory and blinded by fog it may feel as if the edge is an inch away in any or all directions. This doesn’t feel like an edge. It feels like a ledge and it is crippling. People fall off of ledges unless they are rescued, after all. Either way, ledges rob one of feeling in control. It’s a… Read more When the Edge Feels Like a Ledge

The Edge

Edges are productive. When confronted with an edge one must alter the approach to continue. For this reason, at the edge is where creativity exists. At the edge is where most potential for change exists. The body’s protective responses are an edge. Sometimes it’s tough to know where an edge begins because some are a gradual transition. Some are hidden by fog. How will you notice an edge if you can’t see it? Pain itself is not the only characteristic of the protective edge. There are many changes in behavior… Read more The Edge