Simply put, mind maps organise any type of content into a web of interconnected bubbles. As we explore the content of our mind, we pen our thoughts, memories, emotions, and energies into bubbles and use lines to depict how the system works through various linkages, loops and causal relationships. Once the map is laid down, the patterns of organisation start to emerge.
Maps are useful when we are trying to use clean language to get the root cause of a problem and potential solutions. Through the use of metaphors and archetypes, maps can help bring to light the unconscious nature of our perceptions by invoking rich visual and felt sense of the experiences. This psychescape modelling helps uncover our true feelings about a situation and bring to the fore our instinctual drives as well as functional and dysfunctional patterns of thought and behaviour.
Depicted below is an example of a mind map that explains different ways of processing a negative experience. As you recall the disappointment and subsequent anxiety of a recent setback, reflect on how process the experience. Do you give your self the space and time to simply be with the setback in a way that you acknowledge the loss, allow the emotions to run their course and once the intensity of the raw feelings starts to ease, give yourself time to reflect on your learnings/way forward from the experience. If you do, then you belong in the healthy processing category. If you do not, you can rejoice in the knowing you are not alone. Most of us struggle with processing negative experiences. Often we block the feelings through outright denial. At other times, we get overwhelmed by them and the learning they offer. Over time we develop implicit patterns of behaviour around setbacks which play out on the automatic. If these patterns are unhealthy, we can see ourselves in a stuck place of poor outcomes, anxiety, depression and anger. What is worse is that these loops are self maintaining over time.
When there is a desire for freedom, we wake up from our trance and proceed to reengineer our mind process. Mind maps are a crucial tool in that journey.