I’m the Map!

the map

If there’s a place you gotta get…
I’m the map.

-The Map


i-m-the-map-oMaps are useful – they can help us making sense of our world and for navigating our way round.

A  map is not the territory it represents.
A word is never the thing it names.
When we forget that our map and our words become meaningless.

A useful map can never be static.
– because no territory represented by any map ever is static.

A useful map is never finished.
The moment we pretend we know everything our map is out of date
–  all it reveals how little we really learned.

A good map show us more than one way to get to where we’re going.

islington subway ios6 mapSome maps help us find our way.

Some maps only help us get lost and stuck.

Some maps just suck.

Some maps have faulty data – this image is from early versions of Apple’s IOS6 Map- anyone who’s been to Islington subway in Toronto knows it’s nothing like that hilly.

The DSM is a map too – as is any diagnosis within it.
You could take the view that its useful to you, or about as useful as a chocolate teapot.

It is though a map that is, pretty much, forced on us all: an imposed map of imposed beliefs and imposed language that we’re all supposed to adopt to demonstrate how we have found “insight”.

If it helps you find your way to your big pinata, good for you.

Maybe you trusted those who gave you that map only to find what was labelled the “big pinata” was simply the pinata of suck in house of big pharma.

If the map you’re using only keeps you stuck in Suckville, then maybe its time to start exploring and making new maps of your own.




A map is not the territory it represents, but, if correct, it has a similar structure to the territory, which accounts for its usefulness.

— Alfred Korzybski, Science and Sanity (1933, p. 58)[3]


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