THEORY INTRODUCTION

INTEGRATING EPISTEMOLOGY, DIAGNOSIS, ASSESSMENT AND MORALITY INTO THE MORAL SCIENCE.  

EPISTEMOLOGY

One of the most basic concepts in physics is the pendulum. When displaced from its position of equilibrium, the weight swings back and forth proportionally until it eventually settles back to the position of equilibrium. The pendulum’s displacement is very much like our experience of conflict. Our unconscious responds proportionately to the degree to which we feel emotional displacement. While everyone has an inherent need to resolve conflict, differences about the way of resolving conflict are one of the primary differences between people. The principles of balance help identify the unique ways that transformation is achieved.

There are three ways of responding when an initial weight is placed on a scale to restore balance. The first is reciprocity – adding an equal weight on the other tray, the second is negation – removing the weight, and the third is correlation – shifting the weight on the fulcrum. Placing a weight on the scale’s other tray corresponds to doing the reciprocal behavior of what caused the initial disturbance, using activity to offset passivity. Removing the initial weight from the weighted down tray corresponds to the opposite behavior, turning antagonism to cooperation. Shifting the weight on the fulcrum of the scale corresponds to changing one’s attitude from feeling alienated to experiencing mutual respect, being respectful and reconciled with adversity. Click here to read more about the Museum's theoretical foundations. 

The unconscious is a scientific phenomenon based on the analysis of the creative process as abiding by the laws of the Simple Harmonic Motion and the formal operations of the equilibrial scale. The energetic and formal unconscious reconciles the descriptive psychoanalytic theoretical models. This entity is graphically portrayable as a six-role state sine curve and as a system of concentric circles with vectors pointing to four alternative relational choices.

Conflict is presented as the deviation of the pendulum from its position of rest conveyed by the formula of the product of displacement times the dependency needs of the person: E= F x m. This energy is conserved and as the mental pendulum swings back and forth it is transformed from emotions to behaviors and finally to a resolution, insights. The unconscious completes the transformation of conflict energy to the stable state of resolution in six steps. The six-role pattern is a psychodynamic process we identify as a syndrome: the Conflict Resolution Process. It consists of six role-states: stress, response, anxiety, defense, reversal, and compromise. Energetic stability is established along one of four alternative equilibrial modalities defined by three equilibrial relational dichotomies: the principles of balance of the trays of a scale identified by the formula: Identity= Reciprocity x Negation x Correlation.  

Accordingly when a weight is placed on a tray of the scale there are three ways to restore the balance: The first is reciprocity – adding an equal weight on the other tray, the second is negation – removing the weight, and the third is correlation – shifting the weight on the fulcrum. Placing a weight on the scale’s other tray corresponds to doing the reciprocal behavior of what caused the initial disturbance, using activity to offset passivity. Removing the initial weight from the weighted down tray corresponds to the opposite behavior, turning antagonism to cooperation. Shifting the weight on the fulcrum of the scale corresponds to changing one’s attitude from feeling alienated to experiencing mutual respect that is by reconciling two opposite states. The two relational variables: dominance/submissiveness and cooperation/antagonism qualify the relational modalities, as four wellness diagnoses. These are modified by the dichotomy of alienation to mutual respect in terms of reduced conflict as wellness and unresolved conflict as illness. 

DIAGNOSIS

The syndromal six-role state sequence resolves conflict along four relational modalities. The alternatives represent a wellness personality typology. The role states progress along the three formal operations of the equilibrial scale: Stress, a passivity state generates an opposite emotional force, leading to a Response, an activity state proportional and opposite to the initial deviation. The Response generates Anxiety as anticipations of role reversal, based on the sense that what one has done will happen to the doer. Anxieties lead to the Defense activity as one attempts to avert one's fears with responsive action. Defensiveness elicits the Reversal state as the fulfillment of one's anticipations or prophecies, another passivity state. This is countered by the Compromise activity role-state, during which one makes concessions. One's attitude changes from antagonism to cooperation, and from alienation to mutual respect, which lead to the resolution of the inner and social conflict. These wellness syndromal and formal relational diagnoses revamp DSM 5’s atheoretical and descriptive illness diagnoses.

THERAPEUTIC SELF-ASSESSMENT

The harmonic is measurable with the Conflict Analysis Battery: The Battery combines a personality inventory with a set of creativity tasks. The inventory identifies the relational modalities and the creativity tasks reconstruct the six-role process identifying the syndromal unfolding of the relational modality. While the inventory clarifies one’s relational modality diagnosis, a personality type, the creativity tasks identify how one’s pattern unfolds psychodynamically like a chain reaction along the six-role conflict resolution process. The Conflict Analysis Battery may be delivered online generating automatically a detailed report with seven tables documenting the learning experience based upon one’s own responses, writings, and reflections. The report makes a person conscious of one's unconscious, providing the critical insight about how to optimize one's way of resolving conflicts.  

The alternative relational patterns have strengths and weakness that can be improved through becoming conscious of the unconscious and by modifying one's relating by managing one's power. The syndromal sequence allows modification. Someone that is too dominant will experience anxiety, while someone that is too submissive may suffer from depression, and hostility. The battery delivers insights and also guidance to making changes. It is educational, diagnostic and therapeutic. The theory-based battery is contrasted to atheoretical instruments. Power Management delivers a personalized emotional education targeting learning about the Moral Science, about oneself and about moral values. By completing this program one learns about the science, identifies one's wellness diagnosis, and how to improve one's ability to resolve conflicts.

MORALITY

Morality has been identified by religions as normative institutions of alternative ways of resolving conflicts. In great contrast to religions the Moral Science identifies morality as the optimal way of resolving conflicts strictly by following the equilibrial formal operations as moderation, cooperation and mutual respect. This research has broad cultural implications. As cultures collide and religious wars rage on, we can understand the common structure of religions providing guidance to resolve faith-based conflicts. Politics may benefit from a shift of moral paradigms from metaphysics to physics, from trusting stories, as metaphors of conflict resolution, to interpreting them identifying their dimensions. Science-based analysis of norms can facilitate identifying problems and their resolution.

Moral Monopoly is an educational game of story-telling cards arranged as the deck of cards. Four suits of this game correspond to the four relational modalities illustrated by four cultures' ways of resolving conflicts. The game integrates the religions' cultural solutions as interrelated alternative relational modalities that have evolved improving the family institution, reducing its conflicts. The game also shows the unresolved conflicts of the Abrahamic-family-inspired religions. Players analyze the stories as a continuum of complementary modalities advancing in abstraction while optimizing the family system. They recognize them as complementary solutions but also with deficiencies in resolving conflicts. Religions are thus integrated meaningfully into the Moral Science, which completes their mission for peace through the science-based moral consensus. 

TABLE SHOWING THE UNCONSCIOUS AS THE UNIT OF THE SOCIAL SCIENCES, INTEGRATING EPISTEMOLOGY, DIAGNOSIS, ASSESSMENT AND MORALITY

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The Unconscious

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Diagonsis

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Morality

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Assessment