Comparison of the Critical Moment Dialogue and the DIE Framework

Comparison of Critical Moment Dialogues and the DIE Framework

The critical moment dialogues are a holistic framework that surrounds the traditional DIE (Discernment, Interpretation, Evaluation) model, as shown in the chart below.

DIE and Critical Moment Dialogues

Open DIE and Critical Moment Dialogues

Where the PL model is a special take on DIE in the following ways:

    1. PL splits out Physical Sensation, Emotion, Ambiguity, and 'Judgement' from the informational context of DIE,

    2. PL focuses on the "negative/positive emotion" aspect of Judgment,

    3. PL adds Stillness as a meta-competency that enhances all three stages of DIE.

    4. Adds an independently developed 'Vision' to the informational context

    5. PL adds Discerning Right Action as a part of evaluation and a meta-competency in its own right.


In the CMD, the six areas can be looked at whatever order is most useful.

The areas are involved in different parts of the Discernment -> Interpretation -> Evaluation model as follows:

Judgement - Interpretation or Evaluation

The 'judgement' that PL talks about is primarily positive and negative judgements about oneself, another person, or a situation. Analysis of this would take place in the "interpretation", or, possibly, the "evaluation" section of DIE. If placed in interpretation, these judgements would be simultaneously cognized and sorted out. If placed in evaluation, the judgements would come in interpretation and have to be weeded out in evaluation. The reason this would not be placed in 'discernment' is that the focus of DIE in discernment is "Just the facts!"

Emotion - Description

- Interpretation

This would be placed in Discernment and interpretation because ones emotions will effect which facts one notices, and then the analysis of that comes out in ones interpretation of the situation at hand and evaluation of what you should do about it.

Physical Sensation - Description

This is a valuable addition to DIE, in terms of having the person focus on physical sensations as part of the "facts" of the situation that they take note of in the discernment phase of DIE.

Ambiguity - Evaluation

This is a highly valuable addition to the DIE model, because analysis of the ambiguity involved in the situation is a healthy part of the evaluation that follows and reanalyzes ones interpretation in the DIE model.

Aligning with Vision - Evaluation

This is an addition to the DIE Evaluation stage that takes into account prior information prepared in the PL model. Your personal vision statement will be one of the preconceived values that you match your evaluation to.

Discerning Right Action - Evaluation & Metacompetency

I doubt that "evaluation" can be separated from "Discerning right action", because every evaluation of a situation must be madefor something. Therefore, Discerning Right Action is a good addition to the Evaluation stage of DIE.

Discerning Right Action also constitutes a meta-competency that surrounds the DIE method.

Stillness - Metacompetency

Stillness is something that benefits all three sections of DIE - stillness before and during the Discernment phase can help us improve what we take notice of, and periods of stillness in the interpretation and evaluation phase can help us A) Recalibrate our cognitive faculties so as not to be unduly influenced by what we have processed before and B) help us take into account more information (and thereby process more rigorously) by slowing down our processing speed.