Welcome to the Society for Mental Space Psychology.

What defines MSP?

  1. It is a view on the psyche, in which the 3-D space in and around the body is regarded as the primary area where the subjective side of mental events is happening: Space is the primary organizing principle in the mind. It forms in a way an umbrella that holds clinical work and research under its cover.
  2. The basic skill of orientation in the environment, which all moving creatures share, is seen as the foundation of all manner of cognition, from knowing where you are, where you want to go in the actual situation to all memory tasks and the most generalized and abstract reasoning.
  3. The acquisition of knowledge in MSP is just as much based on laboratory experiments as derived from psychotherapeutic work.
  4. The main focus in MSP is the structure of mental space in general. This means the study of where people tend to locate certain categories of mental content.
    From that study follow considerations about the consequences of putting particular mental objects on specific locations. Then, mental space psychology builds theories about spatial cognition in relation to behaviour, psychopathology and psychotherapeutic interventions.
  5. Information from neuroscience is also interpreted in the frame of subjective experience in the space around the brain.

What defines spatial psychotherapies?

Psychotherapy that makes use of spatial interventions. Spatial interventions are seen in two forms:

  1. The critical (problem and solution related) concepts are located and relocated in order to facilitate the creative processes in the client to resolve their issues.
  2. The client is guided through physical space (floor, room, table, computer screen, sand box) to examine critical concepts, their locations and meanings, and to reposition her/himself in relation to these, in order to facilitate the creative processes that help to resolve issues. 

What is the Social Panorama?

The social panorama is the 3-D subjective map of the social world that is the foundation of social life. In this map people establish their relationships to and the position they have among the others: the social self. On the basis of this knowledge a method was developed to improve the social model of the world in regard to who is who, and what is the relationship to these people. In other words:

  1. The social world is represented as a 3-D landscape of images of people. The experience of self is located in its centre.
  2. Relationships are constructed within this landscape by locating the images of people at a certain distance, a certain direction and at a certain level (of the eyes).
  3. The method makes use of the direct relocation of social images. Often it takes other techniques, like belief changes or trauma treatment, to make the relocation of social images last, so it can serve the clients’ development and wellbeing.