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Thinking Fast and Slow: Matrix Style

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This Matrix is based on Daniel Kahneman’s book,  Thinking Fast and Slow. The Fast (System 1) “Experiencing Self is twice as likely to respond “Away” than “Toward.” Fast System 1 responding is automatic and out of awareness. System 2 is more deliberate and mostly conscious. System 2 is who we talk (respond) to (self or others). The response we give is a combination of the output from Experiencing Self/System 1 and Remembering Self/System 2. System 1 and 2 are heuristic, and the combination even more. So, from this Kahneman point of view, we most often come up with workable responses, but there is also quite a bit of inherit “unworkable” and novel responding.


There are inherent biases (not to mention dogma) in both systems. I’m figuring that a discussion of these biases can be made part of the matrix process.


More to come….

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13 Steps to Training the Matrix

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Several people have asked me, “How do I teach others about the matrix?” Below is the response I give now. I’ve included a “13-Step Matrix diagram.”

If you want to hear me run through these 13 steps, join me for a webinar Wednesday, June 11, 2014. Click Here for more information.

Basic Matrix Training: 13 Steps

I’m assuming you already have The ACT Matrix book. That’s a wealth of information. Have you watched the ACT 101 video series from my website? Go to www.drkevinpolk.com and look to the lower right and you will see “Dr. Polk’s Video Courses.” The ACT 101 series is free.

The way I teach the matrix these days is through 13 Steps

Preamble: “Hello, I’m ________ and I work from the Psychological Flexibility Point of View. Is it okay if I show you that point of view? Great!

1. Sensory Experiencing,

2. Mental Experiencing,

3. Noticing the Difference,

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Checkout-Line Verbal Aikido: Spinning the Tyranny of the Magazine Covers

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Do you ever feel the tyranny while in the checkout line at the grocery store? Those fabulous looking people on the magazine covers? Then the diet ads promising to make you look like the beautiful people? And then the dessert magazines so you can put on a few pounds to lose?

Top that off with a healthy dose of gossip about the beautiful people and the picture is complete.

We all know that the magazines covers are there to sell the magazines. However, selling them by triggering our insecurities and then selling us stuff to move away from the insecurity in the form of diets, exercise plans, comfort food and gossip is just mean. However, nothing we say is going to change the magazine covers.

So it’s time for a little Verbal Aikido in the checkout line. Verbal Aikido is taking words (and pictures) meant to make you less flexible (I need to buy a diet, exercise plan, dessert recipe or gossip mag!) and spinning that inflexibility into a more flexible response.

It starts at the top of the matrix diagram and the five senses.
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Reviewing the Disney movie “Frozen” with TAMMS

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We’ve all seen those movie rating systems with stars, thumbs up, and even rotten tomatoes.

The TAMMS (The ACT Matrix Move Scale) is a new twist on that old theme. Regardless of the number of stars, thumbs or rotten tomatoes a movie receives elsewhere, I thought it might be useful to rate movies according to TAMMS.

The new movie “Frozen” seems a good one to start with. Let me explain…

“A Beautiful Mind” is considered the top “ACT Consistent” movie as the main character first struggles with a very troubled (labeled schizophrenia) mind and ultimately learns how to have that mind and move toward meaningful living.

The matrix diagram for the main character would look something like the diagram above.
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