What is TIAMAT?

The Integrative Approach and Methodology of Active Transformation a.k.a. TIAMAT is an ecology of practices for wisdom cultivation currently undergoing active research through practice. It draws from performance practice, Eastern applied philosophy and contemporary research in the fields to neuroscience, cognitive science and post-Jungian psychoanalysis. By focusing on four key cognitive mechanics, it aims to evolve into a dynamic system which facilitates an individual's capacity for self-transformation.

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Interpretation of event as bad or wrong. 

We interpret events in order to start a process which better fits us to the environment.

Emotional Probability Assessment

To help us anticipate the probability of experiencing an event that results in a similar emotional response, we use mental shortcuts called heuristics.

Representative and Availability Heuristics

Shortcut that assesses probability based on how much it stands out to us (representative), and how easy it is to recall (availability).

Encoding Specificity

We retrieve information not just about the fact, but also the state we were in at the time. The state of sadness makes it easier to recall what made you sad.

Confirmation Bias

We tend to look for information that confirms an existing belief because creating a new one or adjusting an old one is too complex and difficult.

Presumed Likelihood of Similar Events

Probability of a similar event occurring seems more likely.

Anxiety

Heightened state of arousal from which we assess what options are available.

Frame Narrowing and Loss of Cognitive Flexibility

We prioritize elements in our immediate environment that are seemingly most relevant. Available options lessen and the probability of mistakes or failure goes up. 

Reciprocal Narrowing

Making mistakes or failing creates a sense of being a bad problem-solver. We feel unable to affect the environment to change our circumstances or alter events for the better. When internalized, becomes a sense of inability to avoid or alter negative events at all. 

Cognitive Domicide,
Frustration and Futility


No place feels safe to navigate and attempts to enact on the world feel increasingly absurd to pursue and ultimately meaningless. 

Fatalism

Because enacting one's agency is ineffectual, there comes a resignation to chance events having absolute dominion over one's life.

Paranoia

Any or all elements in the environment hold the potential to affect us negatively. This prevents us enacting on the environment to attempt to change it. More events occur which can be interpreted as bad/wrong.