chapter  10
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Trial interventions and feedback

The mental activity that goes into our model making and mapping loosely resembles the mental process that goes into the scienti c method. One similarity is that we start with observations of phenomena. We notice patterns. We form impressions about when those patterns recur. From there, we rely on theory, logic, and creativity to construct a model about why those patterns recur when they do and to understand the different clusters of patterns in meaningful relationship with each other. This is our working model. Then, ideally, we test the validity and predictive power of our working model to develop a map. We choose interventions with consideration and notice the effects of our interventions. We share our observations with our patient and invite his re ections. From this information, we learn more about how accurate are our ideas about why and when patterns occur. When our hypotheses have missed the mark, we tweak our model accordingly. Thus, we observe, develop hypotheses, and gather data to refute, con rm, or re ne those hypotheses.