chapter  Chapter Five
Secured and modified frames
WithRobert Langs
Pages 19

The world experienced by the conscious mind is received through conscious perception, and its purview is wide and varied. Concerned with past, present, and future, the system explores and organizes the world along many different dimensions—danger, care, food, relatedness, sexuality, finances, illness and health, creativity, and travel. Deep unconscious perception is concentrated intensely on a single dimension of human experience: that related to frames and framing activities—the realm of rules, laws, and boundaries. In most psychotherapy situations, the conscious mind can make a fair assessment of the status of the frame and decide whether it is secured or deviant. The secured- and deviant-frame domains each have a set of distinctive, universal properties that set them apart. The distinction between secured and deviant frames leads to the demarcation of two fundamental forms of psychotherapy—secured-frame therapy and deviant-frame therapy. The potential frame break was experienced as both seductive and murderous: it aroused strong predatory death anxieties in the patient.