Philosophers and scientists have long debated about the nature of the human mind. In juxtaposition to Freud’s drives model, and neuro-psychological models, the Formal Theory of Behavior defines the unconscious as a conflict resolving homeostatic mechanism driven by the need to reduce psychic tension by conforming to norms. Motivation is reduction of psychic and social conflict or tension. The conflict resolution order is a scientific mechanism following the laws of two natural science phenomena: the equilibrial scale and the pendulum oscillation.
About the Scale model
There are three ways of restoring balance to an equilibrial scale: three formal operations when a weight is placed on one tray of the scale:
- Reciprocity: This formal operation places a weight on the scale’s other tray, corresponding to the reciprocal behavior, using activity to offset a passivity state.
- Negation: This formal operation removes the initial weight from the weighted down tray, corresponding to pursuing the opposite behavior, turning antagonism to cooperation.
- Correlation: This operation shifts the weight on the fulcrum of the scale to establish balance; it corresponds to changing attitude from feeling alienated to experiencing mutual respect, feeling respected but also expanding one’s thinking, being respectful and reconciled with adversity, the given broader reality.
About the mental oscillation
The second phenomenon is the Simple Harmonic Motion based on the principle of conservation of energy through its transformation to higher order energy, negative entropy. We conceive conflict as a shift away from the state of rest, the normative or acceptable position. The deviation, a move away from one’s equilibrial or rest position represents an emotional energetic charge. E=S.R, energy is equal to the product of a deviation times the distance from the center, radius. Mind, awareness oscillates in one’s mind back and forth three times until the conflict is resolved, until the emotional charge is transformed from conflict to resolution or negative entropy. The unconscious is like the chlorophyll of plants: it captures energy of conflict and transforms it into personal emotional growth.
The process to conflict resolution and personal growth consists of three emotional oscillations. They are identified with six role states as stress and response, anxiety and defense, reversal and compromise. The normative deviation, the Stress state, a passivity state generates an opposite emotional force, acceleration, leading to an activity proportional and opposite to the initial deviation, driving one to overshoot the rest state. This is the Response. The response generates an opposite force called Anxiety that is experienced as passivity and that leads to a new activity, the Defense role, which then leads to one’s Reversal, another passivity state countered by making inner concessions, attitude change or growth leading to the rest state resolving the conflict with a Compromise.
This mental oscillations process transforms conflict energy to resolution as the happy ending of stories. The three pendulum oscillations restore the mental balance. We identify the three oscillations the six interrelated states of passivity and activity as an emotional chain reaction whose task is transforming a conflict from a state of passivity, antagonism and alienation to a resolution as a state of mastery, cooperation and mutual respect. The chain reaction of the six events is identified clinically as a relational modality syndrome.
|The unconscious is a conflict resolution or moral order mechanism.||Identifying the unit of the creative process as the circumscribed entity of a story whose plot is unfolding as a conflict resolution mechanism, with a beginning middle and a moral end as the six role state process|
|The unconscious is a natural science phenomenon identified with two equilibrial natural science phenomena abiding by their constructs and formulas.||1. The equlibrial scale as the Kleinian system of four formal operations inverse offset by three different paths to resolution, I=NRC
Klein’s Inverse operation offset by the product of Negation,Reciprocity
2. The Simple Harmonic Motion (SHM) as the oscillation of the individual in a normative field from a conflict as the deviation to resolution as its correction occurring in three cycles of formally interrelated emotions.
|The unconscious is a clinical diagnosis: four wellness diagnostic categories, the relational modalities as four alternative ways of resolving conflicts.||According to two formal operations Reciprocity and Negation, there are four relational modalities: dominance and subordinate cooperative and antagonistic types qualified by degrees of resolution along a third operation identifying wellness and pathology.|
|The unconscious is measurable through the Conflict Analysis Battery, a self-assessment that is educational, diagnostic and therapeutic.||1. An introductory essay makes the assessment experience educational.
2. A personality inventory identifies the relational modality diagnosis.
3. A set of metaphor tests integrates fragments into the pattern representing a therapeutic experience.
|The unconscious is a spiritual harmonic pertaining to morality and demystifying religions as partial and complementary discoveries of science.||Identifying religions as normative institutions representing alternative types of conflict resolution differing in the principles of conflict resolution as their formal operations as their preferred moral values.|
Most personality scales are based on evaluating illness. The Conflict Analysis Battery changes this emphasis, shifting towards an understanding of mental wellness as opposed to mental illness.