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in his book The Road Less Traveled,
famed author and therapist M. Scott Peck wrote, 

 "In the course of psychotherapy, most therapists will come to recognize
how a patient views the world...It is essential that therapists arrive at this knowledge,
for the worldview of patients is always an essential part of their problems,
and a correction in their worldview is necessary for their cure."

Project Worldview can help you do this. After you understand our framework for characterizing worldviews in terms of 104 worldview themes paired to form 52 choices, and have used our resources to explore your own worldview, we recommend you do the following: 

#1 After acquainting your patients with what is meant by the term worldview, give them a copy of the Choices We Make booklet, or at least direct them to the smart phone scrolling version of it.
Ask them to spend some time reading it and picking out choices
that most strongly speak to them.  


#2 Devote at least one session to discussing these choices with your patient, and perhaps additional ones with choices your patient faces that pose particular challenges. And you may decide to spend additional time probing for what you suspect, but what the patient is not telling you. 


#3 When appropriate, ask your patient to use worldview analysis programs, and reflect on the results and indicated contradictions . 

If careful attention is given to input, the one person program can provide a good % estimate
of how his or her  worldview correlates with 12 different generic worldviews
Click here for the program. 

A second program can be used to estimate the extent to which the patient's worldview correlates
with that of another person's worldview--perhaps their therapist's (your own!)
Click here for the program. 

#4 As appropriate, spend some time with your patient discussing particular worldview themes as they relate to challenges they face. The web pages for these themes are wonderful resources to use in this regard! Examples: 

#17B Gratitude & Forgiveness

#28B Healthy Orientation

#33B  Addiction 

#41   Struggling With A Basic Need: Self Esteem  

#52   Physically Challenged ==>Independent Living  

#201B  Positive Expectations* (see below)


*The  last theme above has some value. In exploring it, you may want to look over the
descriptions on "Related Words, Beliefs, Background for Choice #1 of the following terms:
adopting healthy beliefs     magical thinking    useful fiction     wishful thinking 

Having said that, we believe that often the most important thing a therapist can do for patients
whose traumatic state doesn't require their escape from reality to escape from pain, 
is to help that person avoid wishful thinking and be firmly grounded in reality.
That is, to encourage your patient to value the other theme in choice #1 more highly:
#201A Evidence-Based    

Accordingly, we end with what famed psychologist and human potential researcher
Abraham Maslow concluded about self-actualized individuals.
To paraphrase him, he felt such people

“see life more clearly than others due to a better understanding of themselves.”
And that self-actualized individuals have the “ability to see life clearly,
to see it as it is, not as they wish it to be.”