Identifying the unconscious has been traditional psychodynamic therapies’ diagnostic and therapeutic objective. Classically psychoanalysis aspired to make the client conscious of the unconscious by free expression or by identifying the transference relationship between the client and the therapist. While these methods may be worthwhile, the amount of time and cost necessary to achieve results presents an insurmountable obstacle.
In contrast, the Conflict Analysis Battery directly identifies the unconscious, bypassing the complexities and subjectivity of therapists’ interpretations. The Conflict Analysis Battery's network of diagnostic tasks helps the user to recognize unconscious patterns of dealing with conflict. Upon conclusion of the battery, the feedback report organizes components of these different tasks, piecing together a composite dialectic that pinpoints the client's unique personal and interpersonal patterns. The Conflict Analysis Battery's diagnostic inventory, the Relational Modality Evaluation Scale, findings are cross-validated with the creativity based tasks, demonstrating behavioral patterns as qualifiable and quantifiable phenomenon.
The Conflict Analysis Battery shifts the context of the therepeutic encounter towards wellness education. The client is empowered to learn about herself, taking action to grow. While the therapeutic relationship is useful, and in certain circumstances, the therapist will need to take more specific leadership, the Conflict Analysis Battery clarifies the role of the therapist, helping detect areas of focus and tools for improvement.
As an educator the therapist delivers information on the role of the person in managing power appropriately. The therapist educates the person to understand the consequences of too much or too little power in the syndromal unfolding of interactions.
The theoretical foundations of the Conflict Analysis Battery are grounded on a humanistic conception of science. Inspired by Aristotelean logic, psychodynamic methods, psychometric rigor, and critical theory’s sensitivities, the Conflict Analysis Battery is a tool to represent the whole person.