Worldview Window

What forms a worldview? Our live workshop participants engage in an exercise to assess their personal “worldview window.” Imagine this as more than glasses to look through, but a window lens of the mind that your optic nerve passes through. This is so much more impactful than eyeglasses! You can’t so easily change a lens that impacts how your brain sees the world! Your worldview affects everything you see, and is not readily altered. It’s a built-in aspect of how your mind interprets things.

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Worldview is both corporate and individual, so it belongs to a group, or culture, and yet individuals will have their own version of it. We can generalize about cultural information that the majority share, such as experiences of festivals, having similar upbringings, learning the appropriate ways to express emotions, beliefs that were both explained and demonstrated. Again, we’ve all heard that more is caught than taught, right? All of these events, people, and the underlying truths that are taught us reinforce what is REAL in our world. So we can imagine a window dropped right into our individual heads that profoundly affects our take on what is going on in the world.

As I said, there are entire cultures that are considered to have a certain worldview, while individuals will have their own variation of it. Your personal worldview may overlap quite a bit with your cultural group, or it may different significantly for a variety of reasons. For example, on the negative side, a person who suffers abuse that is abnormal to the culture as a whole will have their worldview altered from the norm. Men and women within the same culture may also have strikingly contrasting worldviews.  In some Muslim cultures, the sexes have distinctly separate lives, so their worldviews would differ pretty significantly. Their experiences in public spaces offer a vivid example. Afghani men may sing together and joke loudly in public during celebratory times, but women move silently through the public sphere, as their culture considers the private home their place of freedom.