Relational Modalities

Meaningful personality classification

People respond to challenges in different way. Some people are more comfortable as leaders, some are more comfortable being supportive. Relational modalities are a classification system for conceptualizing how we relate interpersonally, but also how process information internally.


The four characters walking the Yellow Brick Road: Dorothy, the Cowardly Lion, the Scare Crow, and the Tin Man depict the four relational modalities, the wellness personality diagnoses.

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 conceptualizes the process of resolving conflict as a six role dialectic. As the client completes the battery, results from the program automatically populate a template organized around this dialectic.