Project Part 2: Breaking down reality with perspective

Creating an alternate ending can be challenging, especially when our memories are skewed.  There’s an old saying: “There are three sides to every story.  What you think happened, what I think happened, and what actually happened.” This saying outlines our next component in the project, and DSRP helps us in delving into what “really” happened.

Take your situation, and draw a perspective box with your name in. Perspective boxes are just squares with your name in the middle and lines drawn through the middle. (The Image for this post is a good example!)

Next, begin listing out Distinctions.  If you are familiar with DSRP charting, you can use that system to do this.  If you are not familiar, a regular list with the word “Distinctions” next to it will do.

Distinctions are things that are sensory: what did you see? Hear? Taste? Smell? Feel?

Next, repeat that step with Systems.  A system includes parts and a whole.  For instance, if your dilemma involved your school lunch period, you may list the parts of the lunch experience (food, friends, monitors, table, etc.) and then the whole would be that experience or situation.

Chances are, there are several systems at play in your scenario from your perspective.  Emotions are a system. Experiences as a whole are a system. The location can be a system. This can go on and on.  Try breaking it down as much as is useful.  Maybe the lunchroom as a whole should be broken down, but you don’t need every individual piece of the table.  Maybe you do because it is imperative to the situation.  Only you can  decide what’s valuable here. There is no right answer.

Follow up your systems review with Relationships.  Again, break this into what relationship were involved, impacted or relevant to the situation you are creating an alternate ending for.  Sometimes, these relationships involve things or people that are not there at the time of the event.  Sometimes it’s all inanimate objects.  Using your perspective, identify what relationships created or impacted the ending that happened.

Realistically, identifying the situation using DSRP will help you to identify what you think happened.  In the next step, we’ll begin identifying other perspectives and what else could have happened using DSRP to get closer to what “actually” happened.

Good luck and contact me at with any questions.  I’m here to help!




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