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The Formal Theory's Four Relational Modalities
  Submissive Dominant
Cooperative
Submissive-
Cooperative

Dominant-
Cooperative

Antagonistic
Submissive-
Antagonistic
Dominant-
Antagonistic

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     The Conflict Resolution Process is manifested clinically as a syndrome that is a sequence of interrelated emotions and behaviors.

      We may classify these syndromes according to how an individual resolves conflict along the two formal relational operations. These transform passivity to activity, and antagonism to cooperation, and yield the following four alternative relational modalities.

     These relational distinctions are personality types. They manifest in normal behavior, they predict how a person responds to stress.

     The Bible has detected these modalities, as shown in the four children of the Passover service; the Haggadah. The children are identified as the Wise and Wicked, the Silent and the Simple. The Jewish tradition recognized the importance of the innate attitudes in the formative cultural journey of the Exodus, preparing the travelers for their journeys through life.

  Submissive Dominant
Cooperative
Simple

Wise

Antagonistic
Silent
Wicked

     These four universal distinctions are re-discovered in the four exhibits of the Museum of the Creative Process; i.e., the Gorski paintings, the Sculptural Trail, the Murals, and the Oz Panels, as displayed on this page.

     These diagnostic categories are remarkably useful in helping the public understand behavior and themselves. Baum recognized it in his modern epic of encountering the wizard in The Wizard of Oz. Gorski detected it in his self-transformative journey through a series of conflict resolutions.

     These examples validate the Formal Theory's Relational Modalities as diagnostic categories, and entail the need for a program of emotional education explicitly clarifying the nature of relational modalities and provide methods of self-assessment.


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The jacket of the book of the Formal Theory presents the four relational modalities as role states leading from a conflict to a resolution.

Being Loved
Loving
Being Oppressed
Oppressing

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Mural 6 illustrates the four relational modalities as four cultural ways of dealing with temptation.

Indian
Judaic
Aztec
Greek

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In the Sculptural Trail, several stations reflect the evolution of interpersonal attitudes and values. The above images reflect the antagonistic qualities of the Moon-Sun sister-brother relationship in the Aztec culture (bottom), and the the wife-husband relationship in the Japanese culture (top).

Geisha
Dragon

Moon
Sister

Sun
Brother

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In the story of The Wizard of Oz by Frank Baum, the four personality types are manifested in the characters walking the Yellow Brick Road.

Scarecrow
Dorothy
Tinman
Cowardly
Lion

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Graphic Representation of the Formal Process' Relational Modalities

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