Framing is a mental structure that is built upon the beliefs you have about yourself, your roles, your circumstances, and about other people. It is a structure you use to ascribe meaning to given circumstances. In other words, the meaning you ascribe to any event is dependent upon how you frame it in your mind. As such, your frames shape how you see the world, how you see yourself, how you view others, and how you interpret your life.
Frames can be of a positive or of a negative nature; they can also be within your control or out of your control. As such, they are either helpful within the context you are using them, or they are unhelpful. They either expand your opportunities and the possibilities of the situation, or they limit your options moving forward. They are therefore appropriate or inappropriate, good or bad depending on the objectives you have in mind.
You will for instance use frames to handle feedback and criticism; to solve problems; to get a better understanding of the long-term consequences of your decisions and actions; to connect unrelated events and circumstances; and to make more sense of the world you live in. These frames allow you to gather unique understandings about your life experiences. And it is these understandings that shape what you will do and how you will do things moving forward.
- Read more: Framing and Reframing