Four Wellness Syndromal Diagnostic Categories

The Conflict Resolution Process is manifested syndromally, psychodynamically as a sequence of interrelated emotions and behaviors that lead to alternative types of conflict resolution along the formal relational operations. The formal alternatives of passivity to activity, and antagonism to cooperation, yield four alternative relational modalities: Dominance and subordinacy, qualified as cooperative and antagonistic alternatives. The four relational distinctions are wellness personality types manifesting in all population.  These diagnostic categories are remarkably useful in helping the public understand psychology and oneself. These four personality types have been identified by traditional philosophies and by psychologists but they are not featured in the diagnostic statistical manual of the psychiatric association.

The Four Sons of the Haggadah reflect the four relational modalities. 

The Four Sons of the Haggadah reflect the four relational modalities. 

The Bible has detected these modalities, as shown in the four children of the Passover service, the Haggadah. The children are identified as the Wise and Wicked, the Silent and the Simple. The Jewish tradition recognized the importance of the innate attitudes in the formative cultural journey of the Exodus, preparing the travelers for the journey through the desert. Dominant Cooperative: Wise; Dominant Antagonistic: Wicked; Submissive Cooperative: Simple; Submissive Antagonistic: Silent. 


The Wizard of Oz characters reflect four different relational patterns. 

The Wizard of Oz characters reflect four different relational patterns. 

These four universal distinctions are re-discovered in the Oz Story.

Dominant Cooperative: Dorothy; Dominant Antagonistic: Cowardly Lion; Submissive Cooperative: Scare Crow; Submissive Antagonistic: Tin Man. 

 

 


Gorski's Paintings illustrate the four relational patterns. 

Gorski's Paintings illustrate the four relational patterns. 

Henry Gorski detected it in his self-transformative images of emotions as illustrated on the jacket of the Formal Theory textbook.

Dominant Cooperative: Crucifix; Dominant Antagonistic: Screaming Mouths; Submissive Cooperative: Mouth of God Kissing Adam; Submissive Antagonistic: Adam's Mouth Submerged. 

 


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Ancient Greek Personality typology marks similar distinctions between four relational modalities. Dominant Cooperative: Sanguine; Dominant Antagonistic: Choleric; Submissive Cooperative: Phlegmatic; Submissive Antagonistic: Melancholic. 

 


These examples validate the Formal Theory's Relational Modalities as diagnostic categories and entail the need for programs of emotional education clarifying the nature of the unconscious and of its alternative ways of resolving conflict., the relational modalities