This Week's Questions
[posed by Steven P.]
Do you know?
[Question 1] In Emergence Personality Theory, there are ten nested fractal layers of personality, from Layer one on the outside to Layer 10 at the center. Layer Seven is called the Layer of Needs. How is the word "need" defined?
As defined in Layer Seven, the word "need" refers to the urges babies feel from birth onward whenever they feel needy. Moreover, all these urges fall into just four fractal patterns of nested subsets;  the Four Character Types,  the Four Social Priorities,  the Four Decision Trees, and  the Four Gender Identities.
The inner most Need subset then, Character Type, defines a person's default sense of whether to give or receive or both. The next Need subset, a person's Social Priorities, defines the basic sense of what a person feels urges to give or receive. The third Need subset, a person's Decision Tree Order, determines the basic way in which peoples' minds process these urges to give or receive their Social Priorities. And the outer most Need subset, a person's Gender Identity, determines the degree of force with which this person feels urges to express this giving or receiving.
Expressed as a single sentence then with all four possible needs stated, we all need to give (or get), comfort (or neatness, or understanding, or freedom), precisely (or correctly, or comprehensively, or bluntly), with great (or little) physical force (and / or psychological force, and / or social force, and / or sexual force).
This means, when only one person feels needy, the other may give regardless of their Character Type. And when two people are connected, there Character Types cease to exist as they do not feel needy.
This said, there are four basic Character Types and two ways in which to refer to each of these four basic types;  by the number year of life in which this pattern naturally occurs ( as in, year One, Two, Three, and Four), and  by the direction in which people feel urges to meet these needs, in other words, to whom they feel urges to give to (to "Me," to "You," to "Me then You," and to "You then Me.")
Know too that people experience their normal Character Type only when they are in normal state of conscious. Thus when they are in shock, peoples' Character Type "inverts." This means there are also four "Inverted" Character Types, and people feel these four states more forcefully, as in they feel these urges to give or get under duress.
How does this affect the four normal Character Types? Normally a Character Type "One"; a "Me," feels it right and certain that people should give to them. They simply expect others to defer to them. However, when life throws them a curve and their Character Type inverts, they feel urges to demand they be given to and will sometimes do things to force others to give to them.
Conversely, when a Character Type "Two"; a "You," feels normal neediness, they feel gentle urges to give to others. Imagine? When they feel needy, they feel urges to give to others. However, when they experience the inverted "You" state, they feel compelled to give to others and will force these gifts on people. Not too comfortable for the other person.
Threes and Fours then feel similar things, only the order in which they feel urges to give or get reverses. Thus a normal Character Type "Three"; a "Me then You," when inverted, feels compelled to first give to others followed by demanding that others reciprocate, while an inverted Character Type "four"; a "You then Me"; feels urges to demand others meet their needs followed by urges to force others to receive from them.
Finally, here are the basic points to know and remember about Character Types:
[Question 3] How do a person's Social Priorities come into being?
All babies go through these four developmental stages. Moreover, over the course of life, these four developmental stages get prioritized into peoples' four primary need focuses; Comfort (sensual needs), Neatness (material needs), Understanding (intellectual needs), and Freedom (the need to be an individual). These are the four Social Priorities.
[Question 4] Why are the Four Decision Trees named after mental health conditions?
To begin with, there are four possible Decision Trees, each derived from the same four Primary Mental Processing Styles; Precision, Correction, Digression, and Bluntness. In other words, all four Decision Trees use these same four mental processes but in a difference order.
As named then, the Four Decision Trees are  the Asperger's Decision Tree,  the ADD Decision Tree,  the Kanner's Autism Decision Tree, and  the OCD Decision Tree. And in each case, the Decision Tree uses the same four Primary Mental Processing Styles but in a different order.
In the case of the Asperger's Tree, the order is Precision, Correction, Digression, and Bluntness. In the case of the ADD tree, this order is Digression, Bluntness, Precision, and Correction. In the case of the Autism Decision Tree, the order is Bluntness, Precision, Correction, and Digression. And in the case of the OCD Decision Tree, the order is Correction, Digression, Bluntness, and Precision.
Starting with the Asperger's Decision Tree then, these names refer to the default order in which people with these conditions think. Thus people who fall into the Asperger's Decision Tree quadrant focus on finding a precise way to express their needs, and constantly try to correct and refine this precision. Conversely, people who fall into the ADD Decision Tree quadrant focus on not missing out on something they need, by digressing into every possibility and then, but bluntly leaving the process.
This means that the Asperger's Decision Tree and the ADD Decision Tree are a pair of opposites.
The Autism and OCD Decision Trees are similar in that they too are a pair of opposites. Thus people who fall into the Autism Decision Tree quadrant first focus on bluntly expressing their needs and then on precisely refining how exactly they bluntly state these needs, while the people who fall into the OCD Decision Tree quadrant focus on correctly stating their needs, all the while digressing outward in order to make sure these needs are indeed correctly stated.
In a sense then, these four Decision Trees are the four ways in which we mentally process our needs, including how we think about them and express them to others. Moreover, when they occur in people in the more extreme form, these four Decision Trees define the condition.
Thus, with Asperger's, the quality which defines the condition is that people focus on precisely stating their needs at the expense of their social relationships. In other words, they focus on stating their needs in fussy language and get distracted by needs stated in fuzzy language. This causes them to constantly feel urges to correct everyone around them in order to get across exactly what they or others need, all the while unaware that correcting people is socially unacceptable.
With ADD then, the quality which defines the condition is that people focus on mentally processing all the possible ways their needs can be met at the expense of their social relationships. In other words, these folks focus on instantly stating all their needs, which makes their requests extremely fussy. This extreme fussiness then causes them to exceed their capacity to mentally process their needs and in pain, they bluntly burst away from the process unaware of how this bursting way is affecting those around them.
In the case of Autism, the quality which defines the condition is that people focus on bluntly stating their needs at the expense of their social relationships. Here, people blurt out whatever it is they desire in that moment and refine these requests by expressing them in language that is more and more precise. In other words, they make exacting demands in extremely fussy language and remain largely unaware of how these bluntly stated demands affect those around them.
Finally, in the case of OCD, the quality which defines the condition is that people focus on organizing their needs in increasingly comprehensive patterns at the expense of their social relationships. This causes them to very rapidly get lost in the infinite maze of mental possibilities all the while unaware of how this separates them from others.
All people fall into one of these four quadrants. Thus like all mental health conditions, what makes us define these things as mental conditions is the degree to which the person engages in the particular behavior. In other words, we all have these qualities, but only in extreme case, can we see this as having one of these four mental conditions.
[Question 5] Why does Emergence Personality Theory posit four types of Gender Identity rather than just the usual two; male and female?
In addition, using these two terms; male and female, to define gender carries with it the weight of centuries of prejudices and distortions. This means no matter how much effort we make to try to sort all this out, the result can never come across as non judgmental. Male and female are just too tainted. And vague. And filled with judgments.
So how does Emergence Personality Theory work around these judgments? To begin with, the idea of "gender" is defined similarly to the other three aspects of Layer Seven; as a quadriplicity. In other words, each of the four main needs of Layer Seven; the Four Character Types, the Four Social Priorities, the Four Decision Trees, and the Four Gender Identities, center on the four primary qualities within this need.
In the case of Gender Types then, this quadriplicity exists as four primary continuums; the continuum of Physical Gender, the continuum of Psychological Gender, the continuum of Social Gender, and the continuum of Sexual Gender. Moreover, each of these continuums uses the same two poles to define the full range; from completely receptive to completely assertive. Or from fully Yin to fully Yang if you prefer to voice these continuums in the more traditionally Eastern philosophical sense of gender.
Finally, each of these four continuums is actually made up of two parallel sub continuums: a continuum for how this quality plays out in friendships and a continuum for how this plays out in romantic relationships. And while these two terms may at first appear in and of themselves vague in nature, in reality, these terms are simply yet another continuum: from a non sexual relationship to sexual relationship.
Ultimately, the purpose of all this is to help people to refine their sense of Gender Identity, as well as to locate problem areas. This in fact is why these four continuums are sub divided into two secondary continuums; sexual and non sexual relationships. And while differences are normal, having two very different values within the same quality; for instance, Psychological Gender, means the person is in some way suffering from a blocked ability to be him or herself.
Thus, if in friendships, your Psychological Gender is more toward the assertive end of the continuum but in romantic relationships, you fall more toward the receptive end of the continuum, you are not being yourself in at least one of these two continuums.