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Using Fractals to Define Personality

Personality's Second Fractal: The Four Social Priorities

the 4 Social Priorities of Emergence Personaity Theory

The First Prism: Character Type The Fouth Prism: The Four Decision Trees

The Four Social Priorities

Next we have the second of these four nested prisms, the one which creates our Social Priorities. Know that like all of the four prisms in Layer 7, this one divides the pre birth light of connection into four colors. This time though, because this prism affects light only after in emerges from the Character Type prism, it divides light which has already been divided and is varying in intensity.

The Four Social Priorities are:

  • The need to get or give Comfort
  • The need to get or give Organization
  • The need to get or give Understanding
  • The need to get or give Freedom

Know that we each have all four of these "raw" priorities within us. Thus we each have one of 24 possible Social Priority patterns (the permutation of 4 things taken 4 at a time). However because each raw priority varies in intensity between and within each person, what actually emerges from this second of the four Layer 7 prisms is a more complex fractal pattern than that which emerges from the first prism. Thus including both the unconscious and conscious patterns, there are 48 possible patterns which vary within an infinite range of possible intensities.

Interestingly enough, the math minded among you may be wondering why there are not 32 conscious possible Social Priorities and 64 total possibilities. This occurs because we need to subtract the "identity permutations," the patterns which represent the possibility that the eight basic patterns (the 4 raw priority states times the 2 possible states of consciousness) can change to the same starting positions, from the total possibilities. Thus when you subtract the duplicate possibilities from the total possibilities, 32 possibilities becomes 24 and 64 possibilities becomes 48.

Why do the four priorities not emerge in equal intensities? To picture this, consider that like all things in the natural world, the four prisms of Layer 7 are less than perfect. Thus the intensities which emerge from each of these four prisms are never equal, neither between each other nor within each other.

As far as what the Social Priority prism does then, it divides our urges to give or get into a prioritized set of the four primary things we give or get; comfort, organization, understanding, and freedom. Moreover, like the afore mentioned tri-part set of pairs of opposites in Carl Jung's original personality typology, all people's four Social Priorities are divided into a conscious pair and an unconscious pair, the conscious pair being what we normally feel and the unconscious pair coming into play mainly during times of great stress.

For example, say we are talking about my personal pattern of Social Priorities; Understanding, Freedom, Organization, Freedom. Since Understanding is my highest Social Priority (and since I am a Character Type 2), my conscious pattern is to feel the potential need to Give Understanding. Add to this that my second conscious priority is Freedom and you have my basic personality; I feel the potential need to Give Understanding Freely.

My unconscious pattern then is the inversion of this pair of pairs of opposites. Thus during times of stress, I feel the imperative need to Give Comfort Neatly, to force Comfort on someone in a "rigidly organized" way. For instance if I'm having an argument with someone and it reaches extremes, I feel an imperative need to Comfort the other person in a rigidly Organized (perfectly clear and concise) way.

I feel the need to force on someone Perfectly Clear Understanding during an argument. Can you imagine what a burden this is?

Not so good for the person on the other end either.