Diagnostic Categories of Wellness & Personality Typology
Most personality scales are based on evaluating unrelated traits and clusters of symptoms. Popular measures like the Big Five Inventory and the Inventory of Interpersonal Problems inherited psychology’s focus on arbitrary distinctions and pathology rather than relational distinctions and wellness. The Conflict Analysis Battery shifts focus towards relational dichotomies and mental health.
The Conflict Analysis Battery introduces the construct of four relational modalities, a reference for the underlying relational dichotomies of reciprocal states: dominance submissiveness and opposite states: cooperation and antagonism, correlative distinctions as alienation versus mutual respect in identifying four personality types and the degree of conflict resolution. The relational modalities are wellness diagnostic concepts based on power, attitude and psychic tension level. By recognizing your relational modality, and understanding its psychodynamic unfolding as a six-role process as your diagnosis, you recognize where to start to make changes to improve the resolution of your conflicts.
The Conflict Analysis Battery uses the Relational Modality Evaluation Scale (RMES) to measure the relational modalities as a spectrum of choices . The four relational diagnoses correspond to the scales as five factors: the Dominant Cooperative, the Dominant Antagonistic, the Submissive Cooperative and the Submissive Antagonistic also including the measure of tension, the Psychic Tension scale.
As a way of conceptualizing the relational modalities it is useful to reference them as portrayed by the four Wizard of Oz characters walking the Yellow Brick Road: Dorothy is the dominant cooperative, the Cowardly Lion the dominant antagonistic, the Scare Crow the submissive cooperative and the Tin Man, the submissive antagonistic personality type.
The Relational Modality Evaluation Scales, RMES, is a personality inventory that is used to identify one’s wellness personality diagnosis. Though the Wizard of Oz characters are presented as problematic, needing the magical intervention of a wizard, we recognize them as referencing wellness psychological diagnoses. Their features are constellations of emotions and behaviors. They are different from the current diagnostic categories that are based on illness, clusters of symptoms, as opposed to wellness personality types. The four relational modalities vary along the axes of power/ powerlessness and cooperation / antagonism.
It is important to know them because they determine our behaviors and emotions as different software or syndromes. These may decompensate and manifest with symptom patterns. The Oz heroes’ characteristic illustrate the differences in personality types. Each modality has strengths and weaknesses. The distinctions help to understand ourselves, and to also modify the emotional sequence by either lessening power, the state of activity or increasing it, reversing antagonism to cooperation and reversing alienation to mutual respect. The modalities are genetically determined but they are also socially developmentally affected.
The Conflict Analysis Battery recognizes conflict resolution is a physiological function, a mechanism that is a natural science periodic phenomenon. The structure of the creative process reflects the spontaneous unconscious adjustment to the normative environment.