12 Core Concepts

[based on The Narrative Method]

Cult of Culture  Like a cult, cultural influences dictate how we should think and feel. When we deconstruct these false beliefs we discover what is true for ourselves.

Software Upgrade  Think of your brain as a computer running on old software. Rebooting old assumptions allows us to break negative patterns.

Rocket Ship  When a rocket ship changes its trajectory by just one degree it ends up somewhere else entirely. When we’re feeling overwhelmed it’s easy to forget that small adjustments can lead to profound change.

Kaleidoscope  The kaleidoscope is a wondrous lens that opens up new perspectives and helps us see beauty in the ordinary.

Give Way  When we put ourselves aside to listen to someone’s story with humility, we are truly there for them. And we are also liberated from our own worries.

2-Way Street  We communicate through words, tone, body language and facial expressions, but a deeper understanding requires awareness, wonder and empathy.    

Flowers & Tears  A sincere apology takes the courage to imagine how the other person felt. Apologies initiate a process that brings people closer together.

Lantern In The Cave  We need to shine a light on the darkness of our rigid beliefs and prejudice. That light can come from within us or be inspired by others.

Seeing You Seeing Me  The mutuality of seeing and being seen, hearing and feeling heard, is at the core of human relationships. Without meaningful connection we remain unknown and isolated.

Wonderland  The act of dreaming is a creative process that has its own rewards. No matter what you may lose, your imagination is your sanctuary.

Look Up! Acknowledging the close calls we survive helps us to remember we’re lucky to be alive. Doing something unexpected for another is a great way to honor our good fortune.

DIY Citizen As part of the long procession of the human race, we share the responsibility—and great privilege—to care for all of humanity.



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©2020 DIY Human is a project of The Narrative Method, an award-winning non-profit offering programs that increase empathy and expand perspectives for many underserved communities, including veterans, youth and homeless. TNM also works in healthcare, higher education and K-12 teachers’ continuing education.