MENTAL SPACE PSYCHOLOGY (MSP)
Mental Space Psychology is not a new school of psychology, but rather a paradigm shift within psychology. Drawing from Clean Language and Clean Space (Lawley and Tompkins) and NLP, Lucas Derks developed what he called Social Panorama as an investigation into relationships and space (proximity). At the heart of MSP is the tenant that space is the primary organising principle in the mind.
When we are conceived and find a home in the mother's womb, the developmental processes in the brain is orientated and stimulated by space (in the womb). Once we are born we enter a new space, the space of the world (our environment). In the developmental phase, space is a major component in how we relate to others and to ourselves. We call this interest in psychology, spatial cognition. In short how we place 'things' in space is a good clue as to how we perceive things in our mental space. The astute therapist will pick up on the metaphors of movement related to space, patterns of direction and proximity, assisting the client to rearrange their outside world, so that internal changes can also take place. In summary what takes place in our brain is located outside the brain in our personal space.
Using Mental Space Psychology can assist clients to:
Find clarity and establish goals
Make belief changes