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The Four Scales of Personality

Connecting Human Nature & Aloneness

This article describes the four personality scales used in Emergence Personality Theory; aloneness, urges, insight, and evidence. These scales also show how the Layers connect aloneness to human nature.

What follows is a brief explanation of four personality scales used in the Layers of Aloneness drawings. Each scale is a way to see how aloneness affects a part of human nature.

What parts of human nature do these four scales describe? For each layer, these four personality scales describe:

  • Aloneness: how alone people feel,
  • Urges: the Inner Self vs. the Outer Self,
  • Insight: Insight vs. Outsight and
  • Evidence: What kind of evidence there is for the existence of each layer, whether empirically observable or not.

The Layers of Aloneness-  1st Scale - Aloneness - Connectedness

The Second Scale of Personality

the First Scale: Aloneness / Connectedness

(how alone people feel)

The first Layers of Aloneness scale is made up of two opposing, vertical, orange-to-red arrows. These two arrows represent the degree to which people are aware of their aloneness.

Why do these two arrows point in opposite directions?

The upper arrow represents the direction human nature ordinarily takes us in as we try to deal with our aloneness; we de-personalize our lives in order to avoid feeling it.

In other words, it is simply in our natures to talk about our aloneness in more and more vague and generalized terms so as to feel it less and less. In fact, taken to its limit, we end up totally detached from our experiences of aloneness and so, feel no aloneness at all.

And the lower arrow?

The lower arrow represents the direction human nature takes us when we connect to someone else. When we do, we tend to move inward towards feeling more and more “connected,” at first, to each other, and ultimately, to what is divine.

Finally, notice how these two arrows point with regard to the oval layers themselves.

The outward pointing arrow points toward the outer layers of our personalities, where we ultimately feel no aloneness because we become totally detached from it. The inward pointing arrow then, points toward the deepest parts of ourselves; in essence, toward the beginnings or our lives. Here too, taken to its limit, we feel no aloneness. However, here, we feel no aloneness because we are not alone. We are consciously connected to another or to the divine.

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