Power Management Using Creativity for Self-Discovery
Power Management is an emotional education program that can be utilized as a brief, manual-driven psychodynamic psychotherapy. As such it is useful for the education of the general public but also for the evaluation and treatment of patients.
It is deliverable either by completing a battery in a training or therapeutic setting or alternatively by completing it online for an unmonitored process of self-discovery.
The assessment is diagnostic and therapeutic in that it represents an intellectual as well as an emotional experience leading to self-discovery and personal growth. It generates insights about oneself and provides directives in how to deliberately make changes to optimize one’s adjustment and one’s relational effectiveness, thus decreasing pathology and psychic discomfort.
The assessment is based on understanding the unconscious as a conflict resolution mechanism consisting of six roles: stress, response, anxiety, defense, role reversal, and compromise. The unconscious is guided by three formal operations to evolve a conflict to its resolution.
The intervention identifies one’s transferential pattern as a relational modality utilizing two assessment approaches:
First, a personality inventory test, the Relational Modality Evaluation Scale, RMES. The inventory identifies one’s relational modality as the variables of passivity versus activity, antagonism versus cooperation, and alienation versus mutual respect.
Second, by utilizing a set of creative exercises generating metaphors followed by a self-analytical questionnaire. The sequence of these projective tests is organized along the six-role process as conflict resolution, identifying one’s relational modality diagnosis metaphorically.
Each test corresponds to a stage in the six-role process. Conflictual Memories identify the Stress experience. The Mask Test portrays the choice of Responses. What is hidden behind the mask identifies one’s Anxiety. The Animal Metaphor reveals one’s Defensive behaviors. The Dream Metaphor identifies the state of Role Reversal. The Short Story Metaphor reveals one’s choice of Compromise or Resolution.
The components of the assessment identify a person’s diagnosis as a relational modality. The diagnosis explains any clinical symptoms or patterns psychodynamically as activities and passivities leading to reversals and it entails their correction by modifying the behaviors, managing one’s power. Improved power management eliminates symptoms. This is effective by allowing the test taker to identify the cause effect connection between behaviors and emotions by generating insights on their patterns. The impact of the self-assessment thus combines educational, diagnostic and therapeutic interventions.
Therapeutic Impact of the Testing
Transcripts of the assessment shows the testing experience integrates several therapeutic modalities including psychodynamic, cognitive and behavioral therapies.
The Cognitive Behavioral segment consists in the workbook assignment leading to the analysis of the tests as a sequence of formally interrelated emotions yielding a relational modality diagnosis. The test taker recognizes the six role process of the syndrome as a universal pattern connecting the tests leading to one’s diagnosis of a relational modality as a particular compliance to societal norms.
The Psychodynamic therapy occurs as the test taker recognizes that in the organization of the metaphor tests the cause-effect relation between behaviors and emotions becomes evident. The modality establishes continuity between behaviors and emotions along the syndromal connection of experiences as states of passivity and activity, cooperation versus antagonism, and alienation versus mutual respect. The relational preferences determine one’s relational condition, which may cause clinical symptoms.
Completing the tests evoke emotional catharsis but also generates insights in the process and awareness of the needed power management changes to optimize conflict resolution.