Using Pictures to Decipher the Mind

We're told a picture is worth a thousand words. And when it comes to most things in the mind, this is true. But when it comes to understanding the mind itself, no amount of words is enough. To understand the mind, you need a way to picture it. In June 2008, I discovered just such a picture, a way to visually map the underlying structure of the mind. Know this picture is no mere metaphor. Rather it's a map which reveals how we organize our thoughts and feelings. Indeed, this map is so potent that it reveals the nature of IQ. It's also led to the discovery of a new scientific method, a method wherein discoveries are guaranteed. As opposed to the present scientific method wherein discoveries result from brute force efforts.

What does this map tell us about the mind? For one thing, that fractal patterns are the mind's atoms. Moreover, regardless of topic, if you use this map to visually arrange your logic, the result is a map where the essence of every topic is visually revealed. For example, in this site's section on autism, you'll find a map of the autism spectrum. This map is so succinct that it makes differential diagnosis (telling the difference between similar sets of symptoms) a no brainer. And in the section on science, you'll find a map of the four arithmetic functions. This map reveals why kids tend to get stuck at multiplication and flounder at division. Then in the section on weight and fitness, you'll find a map which reveals the obesity epidemic—why the efforts we've been making to manage our weight are making us fatter and fatter. And in the section on personality, you'll find a map which explains the essence of romantic attraction—at least the part where you're romantically attracted to some people but others can only be friends.

The goal of this part of the site then is to visually explain the mind. Know that most of what you'll find here was written before I discovered the map of the mind. Even so, because these articles are the precursors to this map, reading them may help you to bridge the gap between traditional views of the mind and the map of the mind.

All modern descriptions of consciousness derive from Herbart's idea of a "limen." In essence, a limen is a line between what you perceive and what you do not. Today this idea survives in our word "subliminal." However, unlike most models of consciousness—wherein a single limen separates what we’re conscious of from the rest—in truth, our minds contain two limens. The first delineates what we're conscious of from what is too big to take in fully; God, nature, life and death, most painful sensations. The second delineates what we're conscious of from what is too small to take in fully; molecules, germs, atoms, and most insignificant sensations.

In between these two limens lies what I call "the middle road," the place in our minds wherein we perceive change in a more or less continuous manner. Conversely, outside of these two limens lies what I call "the outer road," the place in our minds wherein we perceive change as intermittently intruding, over or under-reactions.

The Logical Geometry of Thoughts and Impressions (the Map of the Mind) 2013 (coming soon)

What makes something pop into your mind? Are these things already in your mind but normally inaccessible? This series of drawings offers visual answers for these questions. In it, you'll find visual references to the ideas of Freud, Janet, Jung, Herbart, and William James. Moreover, while these drawings are not rooted in logical geometry, they do reference some of the most brilliant and beautiful metaphors for the workings of the mind ever posited.

The Mind: A Visual Topography (how thoughts come into being)

the Unconscious Mind (the mind's library)

the Subconscious Mind (the mind's work table)

the Conscious Mind (the mind's eye)

the Blocked Mind (the mind's black eye)

Conscious Mind to Conscious Mind (seeing "eye to eye" creates the desire to connect)

Conscious Mind to Unconscious Mind (seeing "eye to black eye" creates the desire to help)

Unconscious Mind to Unconscious Mind (seeing "black eye to black eye" creates the desire to fight)

These articles look to visually represent traditional views of the structure of the mind. Here pictures truly are worth thousands of words, especially in the first article. And while this article is literally a book chapter long, if you go slow and read one subsection at a time, it can literally provoke ahas in you about human nature.

The Conscious, Subconscious, and Unconscious (a new look at an old metaphor) (2013 edition)


How the Mind Develops ~ Why Therapy Helps (the fish tank metaphor)

The Three Levels of the Mind as a Mental Lagoon (the unconscious, subconscious, and conscious mind)

Zooming (understanding why human consciousness has limits)

The Emergence of Mid-Point Time Consciousness (time as two tipping-point based experiences)

The One-Minute Time Consciousness Test (do you live more like a child or like an adult?)

The Index of the Mind: Threads of Similarity (how the mind organizes what it learns)

What is the Self? A Mind Body Answer (a quik list) 2008

More on the Nature of the Mind Body Connection (a few thoughts on how it happens)

On Temporary Happiness (is permanence a test for being spiritual?) 2005

How Consciousness Develops (the development, wounding, and healing of the mind)

How Injury Affects Consciousness (Information gets blocked)

Using Visual Material to Heal (what-first emergences)

Using an Awareness of Time to Heal (when-first emergences)

Consciousness and Personality (how personality and consciousness relate)

How Much Blankness is Normal? (how personality's ten layers affect human consciousness)

Personal Consciousness and the Four Visual Intensity Patterns (OW, W, RW, E)

Introducing the Four Prototypical Live Events (the four basic fractal patterns in human nature)

~ Getting Overwhelmed (slow onset blankness)

~ Getting Wounded (rapid onset blankness~a painful surprise)

~ Reliving a Wound (bracing for pain followed by rapid onset blankness)

~ Emerging from a Wound (bracing for pain followed by a pleasant surprise)

Life event diagrams chart the patterns of change which occur on the screen of the mind, specifically, changes in the visual intensity of this content.

Emergence Life Event Diagrams (an introduction)

Dissecting Life Event Diagrams (the elements of the diagrams)

Charting Human Experiences (how life event diagrams can predict behavior)

Scripted Life Event Diagrams for Five Healing Stories (introduction)

~ A is For Apple

~ I Can't Face Men

~ Her Father's Mouth

~ No Decaf

~ Parroting

From 1996 up to about 2004, most of this site focused on the nature of injury, in effect, how being startled permanently impairs people's abilities to heal, learn, grow, and love. Then in 2004, when this focus shifted to personality in general. Despite this change, understanding shock is still a major part of understanding personality, especially the parts wherein we fail to do what we know is right. Only startles explain this failure.

Recognizing Shock: the Experience of Aloneness (a quik list) 2002

Blocks and Keys - the Nature of Injury (a quik list) 2002

How Healing Wounds Changes Consciousness (how we change after healing) 2002

Are Emergence "Keys" the Same as Psychological "Triggers?" (on the evils of sum-ism) 2000

On Emergence "Keys" as the Key to Healing (more on the wound is what you cannot see) 2003

When I wrote this series of articles in 2004, I was just beginning to explore the idea that the experiential intensity of what is on the screen of the mind varies fractally, moreover, that these fractal patterns reveal the essence of human nature. Today these patterns remain one of the strongest proofs for the validity of emergence personality theory, as within these patterns lie the visual essence of everything from specific emotions and mental conditions to the very nature of wounds, healing, learning, and love.

Introduction (an experiential proof for emergence personality theory)

The Information Continuum (the "X" axis of consciousness)

The Information Line - part 2: (the scope of the mind's view - "zooming")

The Information Line - part 3: (the Ocean Metaphor)

The Information Line - part 4: (what is "Information?)

The Information Line - part 5: (points of interest on the line)

The Information Line - part 6: (how too much Information wounds)

The Meaning Continuum (the "Y" axis of consciousness)

Mapping a Single Moment in Time (combining the X and Y axes)

Various Life Events Plotted on the Grid (typical X-Y grid points)

Charting Individual Moments (the vertical view)

Charting a Whole Event (the horizontal view)

The Time Continuum (the "Z" axis of consciousness)

Everything on this site is based on constellated science. In part this means that in order to be seen as true, a thing must exhibit parallel results in more than one area of science. This algebra parallels all the expressions of personality on this site.

Using Algebra to Define Consciousness ("introducing" the consciousness formulas)

"Meaning" as a Variable in Human Consciousness ("meaning" as a variable)

The Meaning Formula ("meaning" defined)

The Information Formula ("information" defined, the second variable)

The Woundedness Test ("wounds" defined)

How Minds Empty (blank minds)

Where Do Symptoms Come From? (symptoms)

What is Energy? (energy)