the Fourth Scale: Empirical Evidence
(what kind of evidence is there for the layer)
The fourth Layers of Aloneness personality scale is represented by a horizontal dashed-blue line which divides theories on personality into two categories. Above this line are the parts of these theories which are empirically based (the parts based on facts), and below this line are the parts of these theories which are non-empirically based (the parts based on personal metaphors.
What makes this so important? The idea that many theorists base their theories on metaphor rather than on fact. For instance, most people now speak as if there actually were a personal metaphor called the “unconscious.”
Not really. In fact, if you were to substitute the metaphor which preceded it, the “devil,” for the “unconscious,” you’d be surprised at how many times these two made up “characters” sound alike.
What is different here?
The idea that nine out of the ten layers are empirically based, meaning, they are based on observable facts. For instance, the Layers of Aloneness states that Layer 6, “Blocks,” is the source of all injury.
What is empirical?
“Blocks” are reliable and observable information. Thus, regardless of what the symptoms and or painful events, people will always experience a selective inability to picture of the screens of their minds.
Likewise Layer 8, “aloneness.” Thus, all people will experience an observable “still point” when approaching and leaving Layers 9 and 10 (“connections.”) And all people who experience the sequence of Layer 9 then 8 will experience a character based “need” (Layer 7).