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Introduction and Instructions

This test helps you to identify both your relational modality, that is, your way of relating or communicating with others and the degree of psychic tension or intensity of conflict you currently experience. There are four major alternative categories of relating.  These are the following:
  • Submissive Cooperative
  • Submissive Antagonistic
  • Dominant Cooperative
  • Dominant Antagonistic
    Each relational modality has advantages and shortcomings. The psychic tension scores indicate areas and degree of conflict experienced. Elevations in these scales indicate that a person may need to seek help or counseling.
    The significance of relational modalities is that they determine the organization of personal and social reality for a person. The mechanism underlying this organization is that relational modalities are structurally distinct conflict generation and conflict resolution patterns.
    Clinically, we recognize organized and interconnected behavioral phenomena as syndromes. Syndromes are conflict resolution patterns, three cycles of interrelated emotions and behaviors determined by an individual's relational propensities and by how a person manages power. Syndromes vary, depending on how a person resolves conflict along two parameters of the Conflict Resolution Process: the Dominant vs. the Submissive and the Cooperative vs. the Antagonistic relational modalities.
    One's relational syndromal modality can result in particular repetitions of experiences in terms of circular, self-fulfilling prophecy patterns. For example, a dominant individual will opt for social power positions, fear powerlessness, relate defensively, be reduced to powerlessness and finally reach a compromise.

    The inventory identifies the relational pattern in a numerical fashion along the four relational modalities as well as the degree of psychic tension being experienced by the individual. The Metaphor testing identifies the pattern in an impressionistic manner. It also helps the individual to understand himself and make changes.

    Score the items by selecting the number reflecting your degree or agreement or disagreement:

Strongly Agree +3
Moderately Agree +2
Mildly Agree +1
Mildly Disagree -1
Moderately Disagree -2
Strongly Disagree -3

For the link to the test, please contact Dr. Levis.