The Conflict Analysis Battery (CAB): Measuring the Unconscious with

A Didactic, Diagnostic and Therapeutic Self-Assessment 

ABSTRACT

The Conflict Analysis Battery introduces a radical innovation in psychological assessment, offering individuals the key tools to self-understanding and mental health professionals an integrated humanistic diagnostic tool.

The Conflict Analysis Battery is a theory-based self-assessment. It taps creativity for self-discovery guided to follow the natural path to self-healing. The testing is valid and reliable, combining a personality inventory and a set of projectives cross-validating each other and yielding an illustrated clinical record emotionally and intellectually meaningful to the test taker. The projectives utilize creativity to identify the personal way of resolving conflict by integrating sample metaphors into the conflict resolution template.

The Conflict Analysis Battery is a diagnostic tool that identifies personality type as a relational diagnosis. The assessment process is therapeutic integrating multiple psychotherapies: art therapy, psychodynamic, cognitive behavioral, and narrative leading to insights about one’s pattern and on how to modify it to decrease the experience of conflict. The battery is therapeutic in that it may be used to enhance all therapy programs. The experience is also factual and educational and works well as a measure of emotional education in the classroom.

Introduction

The Conflict Analysis Battery, is a theory-based self-assessment; it measures objectively the unconscious process with two complementary instruments: an inventory and a set of projectives leading to the identification of a test taker’s relational modality and its unfolding along the six role state syndromal process.

·      The battery’s personality inventory measures the formal relational dimensions of the modalities and the psychic tension of the process.

·      The battery’s projectives, the metaphor creation tests, identify the syndromal unfolding of the process as six formally interrelated emotions, the mental oscillation, predictably evolving from a conflict, the stress state, to its resolution, as the compromise one.

·      Insights are generated in the testing process, which elicit corrective consequences spelled out by the test-taker. The test taker can measure this unconscious utilizing the self-assessment and can identify the changes required to alleviate symptoms and related suffering.

·      Interpretations by therapists are certainly welcome and useful for further understanding one’s testing and the study of one’s mental process. The assessment simply helps the person through the analysis of samples of creativity to become conscious of the unconscious and to assume responsibility in rectifying the unconscious automatism by resolving conflicts deliberately following the three rational principles of conflict resolution: mastery, cooperation and mutual respect, the innate moral values.

Contrasting Conflict Analysis Battery with Traditional Assessments

 ·      In great contrast to widely used instruments, it is a theory based self-assessment that helps the test taker to identify both her/his relational modality and its syndromal unfolding manifested as the orderly six-role states bound into a dramatic continuum.

·      Current psychological diagnostic instruments identify traits, which do not explain psychodynamically the pathogenetic origin of symptoms or serve a therapeutic function for the test taker. The CAB identifies patterns and also generates insights and directives for changes.

·      The focus on unrelated traits is exemplified with the statistical analysis of all assessments identifying five factors of personality held together not relationally but simply with acronyms; one of them is Ocean for the five factors of statistical analysis of all assessments. The letters correspond to Openness to Experience, Conscientiousness, Extraversion, Agreeableness, and Neuroticism.

·      Formal Theory’s Conflict Analysis Battery identifies patterns whereas traditional psychological assessments identify traits.The Battery’s diagnostic entities, the relational modalities and the psychic tension, are equivalent to the OCEAN five factors of unrelated clusters of traits. The difference is that four of the factors correspond to the four interrelated relational modalities, while the fifth factor identifies neuroticism corresponding to the psychic tension scale.

·      Openness corresponds to the dominant cooperative relational modality

·      Conscientiousness to the submissive antagonistic relational modality

·      Extraversion to the dominant antagonistic modality

·      Agreeableness to the submissive cooperative relational modality

·      Neuroticism corresponds to the psychic tension scale.

The Conflict Analysis Battery identifies patterns as relational modalities examining the inventory responses along the three formal dichotomies and also along the six role-states process of their syndromal unfolding as alternative conflict resolution processes. The three formal dichotomies are the measurable dimensions of the unconscious process. These are the  dichotomies of passivity/activity, antagonism/cooperation and alienation versus mutual respect. These identify four formally interrelated conflict resolution alternatives: the relational modalities, diagnostic categories of wellness, and the psychic tension corresponding to intensity of conflicts identifying psychopathology as qualification of wellness.

·      The inventory is diagnostic. The observer or test taker can at a glance identify one’s relational modality diagnosis. The inventory also measures psychic tension identifying the degree of illness or alienation.

·      The projective metaphor construction protocols are therapeutic and validate the six-role state unfolding of the process from a conflict to its resolution.

·      The completion of the battery tests is shown to be both diagnostic and therapeutic for the test taker. The metaphor tests elicit cathartic emotional responses. The diagnostic relational alternatives illustrated in the inventory and the metaphors elicit behavioral changes.

·      The combination of cognitive information, self-discovery, and observation of relational differences compound the educational and therapeutic value of the assessment.

·      The assessment is self-diagnostic and self-healing; it is both an emotional experience and a cognitive intellectual one. The assessment validates the theory and demonstrates the personal relevance of the abstract concepts as test takers understand the theoretical material and benefit emotionally and intellectually from the assessment. Test-takers upon completion of the assessment feel emotionally gratified by the insights generated by the experience.

·      The outcome of the testing is a therapeutic emotional experience diminishing the need for a therapist. It shifts the burden of delivering this moral education from doctors and clergy to the skills of educators. 

 

 Innovations in Assessment: characteristics making CAB different from traditional assessment instruments

The Conflict Analysis Battery represents a radical breakthrough in psychological assessment technology. It has the following differentiating characteristics:

1.     The assessment is theory based; it measures the dimensions of the unconscious as a natural science conflict resolving entity with physical and formal dimensions. The findings validate the premise of the Formal Theoretical assumption that the unconscious resolves conflicts along a six-role sequence guided by three formal operations.

2.     It is a battery. It combines a personality inventory with a set of projectives. The two tests are complementary in evaluating two different dimensions of the same entity. The personality inventory measures the three formal operations; the projective techniques identify the six roles of the dialectic process as syndromally interrelated emotions.

3.     These two types of testing cross validate each other as the relational variables are identified by two types of testing instruments. The relational operations identified by the inventory are illustrated by the projective tests. The tests identify the test taker’s relational modality abstractly and then concretely.

4.     The battery is a self-assessment; the testee constructs metaphors and interprets them following a structured questionnaire; s/he integrates them on a template to identify the personal conflict resolution process, one’s relational modality and how to modify one’s adjustment.

5.     The battery is educational confirming the scientific and moral organization of the unconscious. It uses the constructs and formulas of the physics of the SHM by organizing the syndromal dialectic of emotions as a six emotions sequence: stress, response, anxiety, defense, reversal and compromise. The battery measures the physical dimensions of the unconscious conflict resolution process, the three formal or relational variables, and their physical dimensions, while it illustrates them in the symbolic language of the person.

6.     The relational modality instrument is diagnostic. It uses the Kleinian group of four formal transformations and not isolated formal distinctions. These measure relational distinctions, which identify modalities as reciprocal to each other, subordinacy versus dominance, and as opposite to each other as antagonism versus cooperation, and as correlative to each other corresponding to alienation versus mutual respect, low versus high psychic tension.

7.     The projective segment of the self-assessment is therapeutic as it represents an emotional experience. It leads the person to create a conflict resolution and then to personalize the pattern, to see it as a metaphor of personal conflictual experiences, and to start rethinking how one deals with such responses. One draws insights about oneself and arrives at conclusions about how to make changes.

8.     The information is delivered directly to the test taker to readily identify her relational modality. The clinical record is meaningful to the test taker without professional services; trained assistants’ knowledge can reinforce and clarify the personal impressions. The self-assessment being meaningful to the creator the test bypasses the need for an interpreter. The interpretation of the testing is very simple. A template integrates the artwork of the testing providing the personal pattern as an illustrated drama. We examine the power differential in every metaphor by pacing the heroes of stories on the concentric circles of a sociogram and identifying the cooperative versus antagonistic interactions with appropriate vectors within the circles.

9.     The assessment is cost-effective. The interpretation of personality inventories can be complex as well with many traits considered independently from each other. The interpretation of projectives like Rorschach and TAT is a very elaborate technical procedure. The interpretation of the CAB is relatively easy and simple. It is a self-assessment; the test taker generates the art and its interpretation leading to insights and changes without requiring professional services.

10.  The assessment generates a valuable clinical record useful for the testee and any observers, be that teachers or clinicians/therapists. The assessment represents a standardized valid and reliable clinical record that reflects the intellectual and emotional state of the testee, and her/his sociometric realities. The assessment is useful to the testee, the therapist, the educator in the classroom, the coach in an organizational setting.

11.  The tests are valid and reliable. Its statistical profile scores surpass by far existing tests’ validity and reliability ratings. 

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