Contrived solutions

In its simplest form, an ex machina is a plot device that allows for the sudden and unexpected resolution of a story. The term comes from the Latin phrase deus ex machina, which literally means “god from the machine.” This refers to the ancient Greek practice of using a crane (or machine) to lower actors playing gods onto the stage … Read More

Frame of reference

What is the difference between a positive and a negative frame of reference? A positive frame of reference is when an individual perceives an event or experience in a way that is favorable or helpful. In contrast, a negative frame of reference occurs when an individual interprets an event or experience in a way that is unfavorable or unhelpful. For … Read More

The end game

The end game is the final stage of a game or competition in which the winner is determined. It can be a dramatic and exciting moment, or it can be anti-climactic. In either case, the end game can be the most important part of the game. There are many different ways to end a game. Some games are decided by … Read More