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The Core Personality

(as described by the four nested fractals of Layer Seven)



core personality as decsribed by emergence personality theory

Core Personality Basics

Layer Seven represents the core personality, the person as viewed sans any wounds. This can be true because wounds do not exist until Layer Six. Thus anything inside Layer Six cannot be wounded, only blocked.

The structure of the core personality is defined by four nested fractals; [1] character type, [2] social priorities, [3] decision trees, and [4] gender type. Moreover, because experiencing stress causes shifts in the priorities of the core personality, there are our basic variations present in all people; [1] normal, [2] stressed, [3] inverted, and [4] righting.

There are, of course, many finite variations possible within each of these four basic variations. Thus, while the four basics are a starting point, the possible variations are, like any fractal, infinite.

As far as the weighting of the individual fractals present, like the ripples in a pond when a stone is tossed into it, the closer to the impact, the greater the ripple. Thus in the case of personality, the impact is the experience of the birth separation moment,and the closer to this impact, the stronger the influence in personality.

Now let's look briefly at the four fractals present, starting with the greatest influence, character type.

Character Types

Character Types are the first differentiation to occur in human personality. Thus all human experiences are rooted in this similarity and difference.

They are also the first of the four nested sub layers of Layer Seven, the layer of need. The essence of these character types is that they describe people's urges to give or get, with "me" urges (I need you to give to me) being urges to get, and "you" urges (I need to give to you) being urges to give.

Within this sub layer then, there are four possible types. The four possible types are; [1] One's (first year of life people), also called "Me's," [2] Two's (second year of life people), also called, "You's," [3] Three's (third year of life people), also called "Me then You's," and [4] Four's (fourth year of life people), also called "You then Me's."

Finally, all normal family type relationships occur between people whose character types begin in opposite places, while all normal friend type relationships occur between people whose character types start in the same place. Here, the test for whether you start in the same place as someone else is, do you feel an age difference between you, or does it feel like there is no age difference (the feeling of agelessness)?

Social Priorities

The second of four sub layers within Layer Seven (need) are the Social Priorities. Here, there are four basic possible priorities; [1] Comfort (sensation itself), [2] Neatness (sensing the things in our world), [3] Understanding (assigning meanings to the things we sense), and [4] Freedom (becoming free from having to sense). In addition, unlike character type wherein people have only one type, all people have all four priorities.

These then get divided into an upper pair and a lower pair. The upper pair in top to bottom order are what most influence people's urges to give and or receive when in normal states, while the lower pair in inverted order are what most influence people's urges to give and or receive when in abnormal states.

Decision Trees

Decision Trees are the third of four nested sub levels of Layer Seven, the layer of need. They describe the process by which people decide how to act on their urges to give or get their social priorities.

Over all, there are four core decision tree processes, [1] bluntness, [2] correction, [3] precision, and [4] digression. Moreover, with bluntness and precision, people feel their decisions are being made from within themselves, while with correction and digression, people feel their decisions are being made from some external source.

In addition, while there are mathematically 24 possible sequences, these four processes usually occur in only four basic patterns, [1] the Autism Pattern (bluntness, precision, correction, digression), [2] the OCD Pattern (correction, digression, bluntness, precision), the Asperger's Pattern (precision, correction, digression, bluntness), and the ADD Pattern (digression, bluntness, precision, correction. Moreover, while these names all describe conditions considered to be abnormal, they are named as such because we all have qualities resembling one of these four conditions, and differ only in degree.

Gender Identity

Gender Identity is the fourth of four nested sub levels of Layer Seven, the layer of need. It describes the degree of force, and style of delivery, with which people ask for and meet their needs and the needs of others. Over all, there are four gender identity qualities, [1] physical gender, [2] social gender, [3] psychological gender, and [4] sexual gender. In addition, each quality is evaluated in two life settings, within family style relationships and within friend style relationships. Here family style relations occur between people whose character type begins in the opposite place, whereas friend style relationships occur between people whose character types begin in the same place.

Each gender quality gets evaluated in both the family and friend style. Moreover, while significant differences between pairs of gender qualities are not uncommon, significant differences within pairs of gender qualities indicate blocks. See the individual gender quality listings for more detail.

The Formula for the 4 Basic Core Personality Fractals


Compositing all four fractals together results in the four basic qualities of a person's core personality. Here the formula is: "I feel" [inversion] "to" [2nd Social Priority] [Character Type] [Decision Tree] [Gender Identity] [1st Social Priority]. For example, below you'll find my core personality fractals, based on that I am a character type 2, my social priorities are U, F, N, C, my decision tree is P, C, D, B, and my Gender Identity is Psy, Phy, Soc, Sex.


an example of a core personality per Emergence Personality Theory

As for some examples for possible words choices used, begin by noticing that there are six qualities used in the formula, each with four possibilities.

Degree of Inversion
As mentioned in the introduction, stress can cause each of Layer Seven's sub layers to invert. Moreover these four inversions correspond to clockwise degrees of rotation. Here [1] normal corresponds to 0 degrees of inverting, [2] stressed corresponds to 90 degrees of inverting, [3] inverted corresponds to 180 degrees of inverting, and [4] righting corresponds to 270 degrees of inverting.

Given you know this position, there are then four words or phrases which get used in the Degree of Inverting position. For normal, the word "urges" gets used, for stressed, the phrase "strong urges" gets used, for inverted, the phrase "strongly compelled" gets used, and for righting the phrase "compelled" gets used.

As used in our example then, there are four possible opening phrases:

  • I feel urges (normal)
  • I feel strong urges (stressed)
  • I feel strongly compelled (inverted)
  • I feel compelled (righting)

2nd Social Priority
The second Social Priority is the one at the 3 o'clock position. In the example above, this social priority is freedom. The possible words to be placed in the formula are [1] comfortably, [2] neatly, [3] understandably, and [4] freely. Thus the four phrases would now be:

  • I feel urges to freely (normal)
  • I feel strong urges to comfortably (stressed)
  • I feel strongly compelled to neatly (inverted)
  • I feel compelled to understandably (righting)

Character Type
The formula substitutes for character type are simply the words which most reflect the nature of the type. The four possibilities are [1] Get (character type One), Give You (character type Two), Get then Give You (character type Three), and Give You then Get (character type Four). Thus the four phrases to be drawn from our example would now read:

  • I feel urges to freely give you (normal)
  • I feel strong urges to comfortably give you (stressed)
  • I feel strongly compelled to neatly give you (inverted)
  • I feel compelled to understandably give you (righting)

Decision Tree
Here, we simply use words which represent the four decision tree processes; [1] blunt, [2] correct, [3] precise, and [4] comprehensive (digression). Thus the four phrase would now read:

Gender Identity
Words used here also closely reflect the actual words used. Thus the four possibilities are [1] Physical, [2] Social, [3] Psychological, and [4] Sexual. The four phrase would now read:

  • I feel urges to freely give you precise psychological (normal)
  • I feel strong urges to comfortably give you correct physical (stressed)
  • I feel strongly compelled to neatly give you blunt social (inverted)
  • I feel compelled to understandably give you comprehensive sexual (righting)

1st Social Priority
Finally the last substitution requires you use a bit of judgment. Thus, while the four literal words are [1] comfort, [2] neatness, [3] understanding, and [4] freedom, the actual best word or phrase used may require a bit of humanizing. In our example then, the first three phrases use the literal words. But in the four phrase the word "relationships" has been substituted for the word "neatness," as saying "sexual neatness" would be too obscure, "sexual organization" a bit too dry, and "sexual relationships" just right. Here I've used the word "relationships" as it typifies the way organization occurs in sexual situations.

The four phrases now read:

  • I feel urges to freely give you precise psychological understanding (normal)
  • I feel strong urges to comfortably give you correct physical comfort (stressed)
  • I feel strongly compelled to neatly give you blunt social comfort (inverted)
  • I feel compelled to understandably give you comprehensive sexual relationships (righting)

Admittedly these words and phrases take a bit of getting used to. They do, after all, represent quite a lot of possibilities. Given you keep to the spirit of the original words used, I'm sure you'll be able to find many substitute words and phrases.





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