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Seeing Behavior Through The Lens Of Energy
“Know Yourself”

Centuries ago Socrates, a great thinker and teacher, said that the key to living is knowledge. The key to living well is to know thyself. From the beginning of thought, man has been deeply concerned about the explanation of those fundamental activities which are the mainspring of human conduct. (What makes people tick?)

People have been seeking practical knowledge which they can apply to the personal problems and decisions intheir everyday lives. These question arise:

  • Can you possibly observe yourself objectively?

  • Can you observe the way you behave?

  • What are the circumstances which evidently caused you to behave in that way?

  • Do the same circumstances always cause you to act in the same way?

  • Do you always act thus and so when confronted with such and such influences?

  • Is it really possible to “know thyself”

William M. Marston, a psychologist at Columbia University in the 1920's, described human behavior in terms of consistent patterns of reactions to environments He states that an environment or a single situation in which one finds himself/herself could be seen as one of two major types:

ANTAGONISTIC
(unfavorable)
ALLIED
(favorable)

STIMULUS

PERCEIVES
Sees
Touches
Hears
Smells
Tastes
Senses


REACTION

ANTAGONISTIC
Unfavorable
Not allied
or
ALLIED
Favorable


RESPONSE

ACTIVE
Instant pursuit
or
PASSIVE
Paced response
Cautious

   

An antagonistic environment or situation can be defined as one in which the individual PERCEIVES (sees, feels, or senses) obstacles and difficulties confronting him. Uncertainty, risk calculation, problem solving, overcoming objections, are typical and normal living conditions.

Whereas, in the favorable environment or situation, the perception is normally one of friendliness, opportunity, security, or predictability, and these predominant conditions are accompanied by little or no necessity for overcoming obstacles at the expense of disturbing the status quo or feeling of alliance.

Marston and other psychologists established two principles of behavior to explain why we behave the way we do;

  1. Behavior is the result of a reaction to a stimulus. Once the stimulus is perceived, some of the reactions that follow are instinctive ... some are learned.

  2. Behavior is seen in our response which follows the reaction. This behavioral response to challenges and opportunities becomes a habit and predictable.

 

Your
Predominant Behavior
is
Consistent Behavior.

 

Develop a Clear Picture of Yourself...

As we grow and develop, we gradually discover our own characteristic mode of behavior (behavior pattern) and develop and maintain a picture of how we see ourselves. We will seek out roles, situations, and jobs that are in keeping with this picture of ourselves. Our desire to preserve a picture of ourselves accounts for the consistency in our individual behavior and enables us to predict other people's actions and reactions in given situations. When we build on strengths and yield to our motivations we can build and strengthen our picture of ourselves.

Adapt and be Flexible...

Adaptation or flexibility implies:

  1. Adjusting to or conforming to one's environment.
  2. Changing one's environment.

Your environment could consist of: the physical environment, other people, a job environment, or a combination of all three. Whether you tend to conform or actively promote change depends on your personal behavioral style. You can create time between your reaction and your response when you can consciously control your responses in order to adapt and be flexible.

 

The concept of predictability
or consistency does not mean
that people never change
or are Incapable of adapting
to new situations.

 

The Concept of Predictability or Consistency Does Not Mean that People Never change or are Incapable of Adapting to New situations.

Dr. Marston sought to describe the behavior response in terms of the amount and type of activity people exert in normal situations. He viewed behavior as essentially being active or passive in response to an environment that could be seen as either favorable or antagonistic Dr. Marston identified four types or changes:

  1. The stimulus caused reaction may be either
    Allied (favorable)    Antagonistic (unfavorable)
  2. The self activities in response may
    Increase (be active)

    Decrease (be inactive)


He then identified four major parts or dimensions in our behavior patters that are present in all people, but in different degrees:

 
   DOMINANCE energy directed to accomplish in spite of opposition or antagonistic circumstances.
Objective to overcome or to resist.
Drive to be in control and to achieve results.
Intent to overcome, to alleviate antagonism.
 
   INFLUENCE energy directed toward persuading people to act positively.
Objective persuade and motivate
Drive to influence, express, be heard
Intent to persuade, create and shape alliances, enhance a favorable environment
 
   STEADINESS energy directed toward performing work, to produce consistently in a positive and predictable manner.
Objective support, maintain stability “status quo”
Drive stable and consistent, paced
Intent to support alliance and stay favorable (team, company, family)
 
   COMPLIANCE energy directed to comply with highest standards (the best job possible) to avoid error, trouble, danger (unfavorable circumstances).
Objective avoid risk with rightness, correctness
Drive to be right, sure, safe
Intent avoid trouble, to alleviate antagonism

Thechallenge for organizations is linking and aligning these individual energies.

There is considerable research basis for measuring behavior along the two axis (four dimensions) described by Marston. The C.H.l.P.S / D.l.S.C. by PsychoGraphics Corporation is a tool that measures whether an individual sees himself as characteristically seeking out and/or reacting to situations that are challenging or friendly, and whether the response pattern is one of activity or passivity.

The C.H.I.P.S. questionnaire is designed to produce profiles (patterns) of one's behavioral style and to assist in planning changes toward increased effectiveness. With the results of the questionnaire, three pictures or patterns are drawn, each focusing on behavior:

 

 

(A)   Expected by others ... projected by you how you adapt.
(P)    Response under pressure ... whether it is positive or negative.
(S)   Self-perception: how you see yourself most of the time... a composite

 

When you examine your three pictures or patterns, you can see how they vary. Do they change? Are they the same? The C.H.I.P.S. system is designed to:
  1. Identify one's style of behavior when getting things done.
  2. Identify one's strengths
  3. Explore how to create a motivational environment conducive — to success.
  4. To increase acceptance of others' behaviors
  5. To identify and minimize possible conflicts
    a. with others
    b. with the jobs we do... to increase productiveness

The C.H.I.P.S. system focuses on behavior which is observable, rather than attitudes, feelings, or values which drive or guide behavior and are not observable.

 

 

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