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I recently co-presented a paper with Angelina Van Dyke at the Canadian national TESOL conference. TESOL is an interesting field because students are pursuing a multi-year project of learning another language, which often involves leaving one's culture and becoming immersed in a foreign culture. Since mental symmetry examines emotional issues from a cognitive perspective and focuses upon personal and mental transformation, the concepts of mental symmetry apply very well to the field of TESOL. It is possible to give the essence of this information as a two-hour presentation. When packaged this way, mental symmetry acts as a meta-theory that ties together many of the theories that are used by the TESOL field.

I am also available for longer seminars. Because the theory of mental symmetry ties together so many different areas of thought, two hours is the bare minimum for teaching the essential principles. Instead, I strongly suggest a weekend seminar of five to ten hours. Most of the material can be covered in five hours, while ten hours is all that a person can handle in a single weekend. Because material given later on in the seminar builds upon information presented earlier, it is important for a person to be present for the entire seminar.

Many people have told me that they find the concepts of mental symmetry easier to understand when presented personally rather than in a book or on a video. That is because a personal presentation can be adjusted to fit the needs of the audience and specific questions can be answered, while a book or video can only address some generic audience.

A typical seminar deal with four main topics:

  • Who am I? What are the traits of each of the seven types of people. How can I recognize who I am? How can I improve my interaction with other individuals?
  • How can I understand myself? I have spent a lot of time recently examining the research of others from the viewpoint of mental symmetry. The theory of mental symmetry can be used to make sense of numerous finding from psychology, religion, history, mental illness, neurology, science, and philosophy.
  • How can I experience personal transformation? How do I get all of the parts of my mind to work together in order to reach mental wholeness? What are the roadblocks that prevent me from reaching mental integration?
  • Is Christianity valid? Theologically speaking, if one understands how the mind works, then I suggest that it is possible to make sense of Christian doctrine. Personally speaking, if one wishes to pursue the path to mental wholeness, then I suggest that it is necessary to follow the path of Christian salvation.
A seminar can be adjusted to focus upon personality traits, cognitive development, or Christian doctrine. However, because everything is so interrelated, one ends up presenting the same core concepts using different vocabulary. This material can also act as an advanced seminar for those who have taken Don and Katie Fortune's seminar on motivational gifts.

Saying this another way, it is possible to present either a 'religious' version or a 'secular' version of mental symmetry. But I put these terms in quotes because I have become convinced that they describe an artificial distinction. In order to become mentally whole, one must apply rational thought to personal identity. Secular thought focuses upon developing rational thought but finds it difficult to apply this thinking to personal identity, while religious thought applies principles to personal identity but finds it difficult to think rationally about these principles.

Because this material covers both heart and head, it is also possible to tailor the presentation for both the average person or a more academic audience. However, the presentation is designed to make a person think rationally about personal issues, and that is difficult to do, regardless of one's cultural or educational background.

Here is a simple double sided brochure that would be appropriate for a church seminar. (Please download the pdf to make sure that the fonts display correctly.)

Please contact me by email for further details.