Thema: Control of task, Performance, Leader
Has achieved what they wanted to/reached the top of their carrier and won.
Balance is their strong point but their success may become their downfall (haughtiness).
All hard and unyielding. Carbon [Adam (= Diamant) and Graph. are the hardest elements on earth]. Plat. difficult to bend.
Malvaceae Estranged versus independent
Herr und Meister: am Ziel/Gipfel der Karriere/Macht, in Balance/Harmonie; alles unter Kontrolle haben; Polarität zu starr versus zu labil;
Ich habe das Ziel erreicht, habe was ich will, bin mit mir zufrieden, brauche um nichts mehr kämpfen, da ich der Boss o. am Gipfel der Karriere o. dem Ziel meiner Wünsche bin;
konzentriert auf sein zentrales Thema erledigt er selbstbewusst, selbstständig, ohne Zweifel seine Aufgabe; sind dominant, den anderen überlegen, immer im Recht, wenn übertrieben
wird überheblich; dieses Stadium der Balance bedroht vom Abstieg, und von neuen Herausforderungen, die zu neuer Gipfelanstrengung führen; Störung/Bedrohungen der Balance/
Harmonie führen zur Krankheit; evtl. kann Starrheit (Sturheit) die Anpassung an neue Umstände erschweren und die Balance/Harmonie bedrohen
Erfolg - Versagen; Wertschätzung,
Struktur nun optimal; Erfolg im Bereich der der Serie entspricht Graph. + Sil. in linearer Entwicklung;
Ni Hang für andere zu kämpfen, diese zu beschützen (gegen Unrecht, gegen antisoziales.
Pd erfolgreiche und wertgeschätzte eigene Darbietung (legt großen Wert auf Meinung der anderen).
Pt erfolgreiche Führer
Thesis - impermanence: Is it desirable to define a set of static personality traits? Where to start?
1. considering Evolutionary Stable Strategies such as Hawks and Doves (Richard Dawkins), which are derived from our genes,
2. 12 archetypes derived from the unconscious mind (Jung)?
3. Some psychologists: Type A individuals as being impatient, hurried, competitive and insecure about their status or self-esteem,
Type B are courteous and easy-going.
4. The enneagram, Big Five and the M.B.T.I. convincingly describe several other possibly static personality types.
All these personality types may simply be the product of Nature vs. Nurture. Since we are subject to new experience every moment it is actually very difficult to imagine 'personality'
as fixed. On the other hand it looks like we can soon get traumatised and then stuck into fixed responses and energy patterns ...
On safer ground perhaps: emotional intelligence (E.Q.). is certainly adaptive and dynamic. E.Q. measures intrapersonal parameters (Ken Wilbers "I" quadrant) such as self-awareness,
assertiveness, independence and self-regard. It also measure interpersonal parameters in the realm of empathy and relationships (the "We" quadrant). These dynamic skills have the
potential to mature and evolve. E.Q. is just one way to measure some of the myriad aspects of our nature, as shown in this adaptation of Ken Wilber's Four Quadrants diagram ...
I - Individual
IT - Empirical
WE - Situational
ITS - Collective
Dawkins described a Meme as an evolutionary stage in the spread of cultural ideas and phenomena. Clare Graves elaborated the concept and described several levels (Memes), tying in with
Jean Gebser's concept of phase transitions, or mutations, in the development of conciousness, from archaic and superstitious structures to excessively rational structures, and ultimately towards
a spiral-like integral structure which encompasses all the previous structures (Holons). The provenance may possibly hark back to Michel Foucault's notion of epistemes, which has some similarities
to the concept of "Varna" described in Rig Veda ... the Purusha (Self) manifests as four main types:
the intellectual, the warier, the acquisitor and the labourer ... hence the Caste System. Ref: Jean Gebser.
The Spiral, from Homeopathy and the Elements.
Amazing work with the mineral remedies shows a developmental spiral starting with Hydrogen that progresses through the whole of the periodic table.
In Ken Wilber's view each new stage of biological evolution, and spiritual development from Homeo Erectus to Homo Sapiens involves transitions which force the abandonment of our identification with our existing view of self, and the irrational beliefs that support that view. Complete transition entails developing and subsequently identifying with, a new view of self based on more carefully considered beliefs (compare this with the Baldwin Effect and Positive Disintegration).
These are the stage of separation, a liminal stage, and a stage of reaggregation (Turner)*
Typically, after this transition we look down upon our previous self as immature (and in the school playground we cruelly identify other people who are still in that prior stage as immature).
He suggests that trauma during transition can result in fragmented, Jungian, shadow-selves, that remain unresolved as we move on through life, and suggests specific therapies for each level,
e.g. Gestalt Therapy for transition blocked at level 2 - Purple to Red.
Transpersonal psychologists (Assagioli 1957) see the spiritual "Self" as a separate development line from that of the ego structures that form the sense of "I".
Ken Wilber also describes development along relatively independent lines or streams, such as morals, affect, cognition, and spirituality. They evolve at different times and with different dynamics ... we can produce many examples of highly intelligent criminals, and also stories of simple but virtuous monks realising emptiness - these are the two extremes of the lines of congnitive and moral development.
Kohlbergs division of stages of moral development into pre and post conventional corresponds quite well to Dr. Scholtens view of lines of development across the rows (or round the spiral) of the Periodic Table.
Level 1 (Pre-Conventional)
1. Obedience and punishment orientation (How can I avoid punishment?)
2. Self-interest orientation (What's in it for me?)
Level 2 (Conventional)
3. Interpersonal accord and conformity (The good boy/good girl attitude)
4. Authority and social-order maintaining orientation (Law and order morality)
Level 3 (Post-Conventional)
5. Social contract orientation
6. Universal ethical principles (Principled conscience)
Kohlbergs levels express development in both "I" and "We" quadrants, but these can be separated by a change of emphasis or perspective.
Scholtens model: a progression down the columns, the Series, which corresponds to new lines of development into higher and higher waves or Memes.
The Series primarily plots the individuals expression of ideology, responsibility and purpose in the "We" quadrant.
The first two rows (Series) of the Periodic Table relate to birth and to the babies survival, in row 3 there is emotional and conceptual development within the family and home. In row 4 the child takes on some responsibility for fending for itself and in row 5 imagination and creativity are being explored. At row 6 we are getting ready to assert our powers of leadership and in row 7 we are becoming autonomous and wise. In this model the earlier streams of development emotional appear to evolve sequentially from childhood to maturity, that is, Emotional > Conceptual > Functional. The sense of Will Power and Spirituality may be more variable, as Ken suggests.
Placing Jan Scholtens Series within the broader spectrum of Psychological thinking, esp. Spiral Dynamics.
There can be a progression (or regression!) nested within the Series - the "Stages" in Dr. Scholtens model. The Stages describe a developmental series of inner attainments within each "Memetic" Period, or wave, such as observing, preparing, persevering, success, and holding on, through to collapse and letting go. (C.f. Karen Horney's Towards, Against, and Away From strategis. Ref: Pt1Ch1.)
The Stages primarily plot an individuals individuation and growth in the "I" quadrant, although this is by nature inseperable to development in the "We" quadrant as our state of being always has some repercussion in the outside world. Even a worm creates Karma!
The horizontal developmental process peaks at Stage 10 and gradually starts degenerating. Stage 11, for example, starts to fear that their power and success will not last. The elements of Stage 10: Carbon, Sil., Nicc-met., Pall-met., Plat-met. and Gd. (Carb. and Sil. share some fundamental similarities with this stage). They all share the theme of Value and Worth (this is Ken's self-identity line). This makes Stage 10 the most significant line in our lives. I visualise it as the mandala of self-perfection.
Carbon: Discovering Self esteem and Self worth.
Silica: Developing and expressing the value of Self through Self image.
Niccolum: Asserting the value of Self through ethics and work ideals.
Palladium: Asserting the value of Self through ideas and creativity.
Platinum: Demonstrating the value of Self through power.
Gandolinium: Enjoying the Self through a sense of harmony.
Carbon is about discovering self-worth, in the masculine sphere as Graphites, and in the feminine sphere as Adamas.
Silica is about worth in the family and consequently image.
Niccolum works hard to be on top and to be respected. The situation reminds me of John Cleese in "Clockwise", the film captures the desperation of a schoolmaster trying to win a bit of respect for his down-beat secondary school.
In the next row, the realm of creativity and artistry, we find Palladium. Success brings appreciation, which brings Palladium to life (she has a delusion of being neglected). Palladium has an association with glamour, but glamour without spirituality can result in mere bafoonery (Saturday night at the Palladium)! Platinum radiates self confidence and natural authority. As in Palladium respect is important. She has such a sense of power that she can become egocentric and regard ordinary mortals as being beneath her contempt. Gandolinum has such a sense of harmony that he feels he has accomplished his quest for spiritual autonomy.
Stage 10 is the Central Pillar of life. However in every case, as in all mineral states there is a sense of something lacking. The sense of self-worth is imperfect - and where there is imperfection there is susceptibility. The remedies can restore this sense of value at each level and bring completion to the mandala.
Sometimes life gives us a gentle push and we topple over into Stage 11 for a while, but life can be cruel and send us crashing into any of the collapsing stages. A sudden death in the family,
especially if it's the wage earner (Rubrics: Death of loved ones + Avarice) can cause an Arsenicum state, and that's Stage 15. A very deep state of decline, which if untreated might never resolve
(an actual case). In this instance I referred to just two rubrics, those mentioned above, to locate the pathology. The client rebounded back to Stage 10 overnight.
The remedy can theoretically be derived by matching the Series with the pathology. If the prior level of life was Plat-met. the Rx would be Plat-Ars, etc, etc. More cases are being worked this way, especially with the relatively undocumented remedies, ... and with surprising results.
Simple model of rows and stages offers an attractive classification of the mineral kingdom, but there remains the problem of the remedies from Plant and Animal kingdoms. The pre-conventional level (above) may well correspond to several remedies from the animal kingdom, e.g. the well known impulsiveness and jumpiness of children who benfit fromTarantuala. A further example is of the remedies of the Solanaceae family where children are haunted by fears of the spirit realm.
The conventional (Level 2) seems to have more focus on structural relationships - the realm of social psychology. This may manifest as a mineral remedy in the Ferrum Series, but Level 2 and Level 3 (post-conventional) difficulties can appear in the collapsing stages of any of the mineral rows and in virtually any number of plant families, e.g. the Apiales where withdrawal is a strong theme (cicuta, conium), or the Rosales esp. the Sapindales where hatred is seen (Anac. Rhus-g. Rhus-t.).