Here is your intro to Pme, Qme, Authenticity, and TLA
Let’s learn about Pme and Qme and the spectrum of authenticity! So, you need to understand how I define Pme, Qme, Authenticity, and Transformative Language Arts. My Masters concentrated on Transformative Language Arts (TLA), which I define as using spoken, written, sung, or embodied word/art to facilitate personal, and thereby social change.

I define Pme as the public persona, the hegemonic presenter of information and feeling that is a relatively shallow and self-conscious summation of what is known to the individual. Conversely, I define Qme as the self-conscious ‘meta’-self (Qme is the one holding the data of experience and knowing that is inconceivably complicated and deep in relation to Pme). Authenticity is the experience and engagement of an internal relationship that is confidently trusted while still subjected to repeated internal checks and balances.


Copyright 2009 Tiffany V

Dual-expression is what I have used and continue to use and share with others to be able to exist on my own personal spectrum, as well as help others to engage this very useful tool as a means of engaging one’s own internal authenticity. Dual-expression can help someone to become their own spark of inspiration.

When someone (especially a woman) begins to hear and trust her own voice, well, all this becomes that much more worth it.

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In the meantime, I hope you are intrigued, inspired, and even entertained. Feel free to check out my annotated readings list and add to that list with your own.

A BRIEF intro to Dual-expression

Dual-expression – a method of creatively responding to a prompt.

The first response is spoken.
The second response is written or typed.and derived from something in the recording – a phrase, a sound, a feeling evoked, or even the silence within the recording which serves as an inspiration for the written portion.
There’s a bit more to it than that, but I found that the women who were a part of the formulation and research of the dual-expression method seemed to have nothing but good things to say.

…the transition from being unaware of the concept of Dual-expression to fully and deliberately embracing the concept has provided a deeper understanding of why and how I express myself the way I do… Several months have passed since the conclusion of the workshop and I find that the long lasting results include better relationships with the people in my life.

The woman who wrote the above quote (in a letter to me) was part of the first workshop for dual-expression that I facilitated; a workshop that helped her to enjoy certain situations more, moving things around at her home to prepare for new things coming. She in turn inspired me to keep going, telling me how excited she was for each workshop get-together with a brilliant smile waiting for me whenever I saw her. That smile came from her authentically and without reservation.

I want to help as many women as I can. I think I can use dual-expression to change the world, starting with me. TLA was and is part of that work.

The debate for authenticity rages on… and on… and on…

In the spectrum of authenticity, there are points at which the “correct” response of an individual is both present and presenting authentically. But I wonder if this statement makes the subtle argument that there are no absolutes.

There are ABSOLUTELY absolutes.

Dual-expression asks the question of you, “is that what you think or is that what they told you to think?”

The best moment of your life and the worst moment of your life are just moments.
Keep going.