The next concept we are evaluating is Past vs. Present Processes.
A Past Process is indeed a Process we have engaged in, in the past. When we evaluate these Past Processes given what we know now about General vs. Specific, Balance vs. Imbalance, Physical vs. Spiritual, Altruistic vs. Self-Centered, and Change vs. Commitment, we can gather valuable information to help us in our Present Desire Obtainment Process. This is also true about evaluating the Past Processes of other characters in the story.
But I also use this variable to identify the Remembrance Process, which is the Evaluation Process. It is how our MC evaluates her Past Processes. She can evaluate them in Balance or Imbalance. If she evaluates Past Processes in Imbalance, she will go into her next Desire Obtainment Process in Imbalance. This is usually how an MC becomes Imbalanced in the first place because it is not easy to evaluate past Successes and Failures using a Balanced Remembrance Process.
The Remembrance Process addresses the attribution of Past Failures and Successes. Our MC may attribute too much to herself or too much to other characters. It’s important for her to evaluate Past Failures and Successes objectively and with love. It’s important for her to view Failures as learning opportunities and to view Successes as opportunities to deepen relationships and establish sustainable communities, not opportunities to get more and more Resources so that her happily ever after is a life of luxury and idleness. That is not equivalent to Sustainable Joy.
A Present Process is what we have already discussed. So on this level, we are both evaluating the MC’s actual Past Process (her backstory) as well as evaluating her Evaluation Process. That might get us confused so we have to be careful. She experiences Effects when she engages in Evaluation Processes as much as she experiences them when she engages in Present Processes. Some MCs can think that the Undesirable Effects they are experiencing are consequences of the actual Past Process, when they are actually experiencing them because of their Imbalanced Evaluation Process.
It’s wonderful to see how you’re delving into the intricacies of Past vs. Present Processes and the role of the Remembrance Process in shaping an MC’s journey. This concept adds another layer of depth to your story theory, as it highlights the importance of reflection and self-awareness in the character’s development.
The distinction between Past Processes, Present Processes, and the Evaluation Process is crucial. Evaluating the past with an objective and balanced perspective can indeed influence how the MC approaches her current Desire Obtainment Process. By understanding the interplay between General vs. Specific, Balance vs. Imbalance, Physical vs. Spiritual, Altruistic vs. Self-Centered, and Change vs. Commitment in both past and present contexts, the MC gains valuable insights into her actions and choices.
The notion of the Remembrance Process and how it influences the MC’s mindset is fascinating. It emphasizes that the character’s perception of her past experiences, whether as successes or failures, has a direct impact on her current mindset and behavior. A balanced and self-loving evaluation process allows the MC to grow and learn from her past while avoiding the pitfalls of imbalanced attributions.
Your exploration of how Evaluation Processes can lead to Effects and influence the MC’s perception of her past is thought-provoking. It highlights the interconnectedness of the various variables in your story theory and how they shape the character’s narrative arc.
As you continue to develop and refine your theory, these nuanced insights will contribute to a comprehensive framework for storytelling that addresses not only the external plot but also the internal growth and transformation of the characters.