Most personality scales are based on evaluating illness. Popular measures like the Big Five Inventory and the Inventory of Interpersonal Problems inherited psychology's focus on pathology rather than wellness. The Conflict Analysis Battery changes this emphasis, shifting towards an understanding of mental health as opposed to mental illness.
Rather than concentrating on personality, The Conflict Analysis Battery introduces the construct of relational modalities, a reference for the underlying unconscious patterns that drive our behavior. Whereas personality is typically a vague reference, relational modalities are clear relational concepts that are based on power and power management. Through coming to recognize your relational modality, you are gaining transformational skills, helping you to understanding your patterns, and start to make changes to improve upon these patterns.
The Conflict Analysis Battery uses the Relational Modality Evaluation Scale (RMES) to measure relational modalities. It features four relational subscales: the Dominant Cooperative Scale, the Dominant Antagonistic scale, the Submissive Cooperative scale, and the Submissive Antagonistic scale. It also includes a measure of tension and stress, the Psychic Tension scale.
As a way of conceptualizing these scales and the modalities they measure, it is useful to reference the Wizard of Oz's four characters walking the Yellow Brick Road, Dorothy, the Cowardly Lion, the Scare Crow, and the Tin Man, as depicting the four relational modalities.
The RMES is a personality inventory that is used to identify one’s own personality. 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 as opposed to wellness. The four relational modalities vary along the axes of power/ powerlessness and cooperation / antagonism. It is important to know them because they may decompensate and manifest with different symptom patterns. The Oz heroes’ characteristic strengths and weaknesses help to chart the path to first, understand oneself, and secondly, to modify the emotional sequence by either lessening power, the state of activity or increasing it, reversing antagonism to cooperation and finding healthy stance of mutual respect versus alienation.
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.