The online and workbook versions of the Conflict Analysis Battery rely on two different graphic representation models. Within the online version, there is an automatically populated template that organizes images and writings along a six step dialectic, while in the workbook there is a psycho-sociogram that maps patterns of resolving conflict.

The Template

The Conflict Analysis Battery conceptualizes the process of resolving conflict as a six role dialectic. As the client completes the battery, results from the program automatically populate a template organized around this dialectic.

The testing images reflect at a glance the syndromal sequences beginning with conflicts and ending with resolutions. Numbers on the top part indicate the scores of two successive inventory assessments

The Psych0-Sociogram

The Psycho-sociogram consists of concentric circles representing the social normative system allowing us to indicate the individual’s range of deviations and related emotional motivational equilibrial forces. The psycho-sociogram is a graph positioning of the individual as a pendulum ball suspended in the normative field illustrated by a system of concentric circles. This graph utilizes a system of concentric circles and ellipses to illustrate the personality scores and the psychic tension scores as interrelated graphically.  The psycho-sociogram allows presenting how the individual fits into the social power map. The two sets of concentric ellipses, placed on diametrically opposite positions on a set of concentric circles represent the individual states. The size of the circle is determined by the intensity of the weighted averages of the four relational modalities. The size of the ellipse is determined by the psychic tension score, the fifth weighted average of the grid. Both vary from 1-6.

This portrayal reveals at a glance the testee’s relational modality as well as the psychic tension experienced. The graph of the social system clarifies the power/powerlessness intensity through the concentric circles. The individual extreme emotions are portrayed peripherally as two concentric ellipses in reciprocal positions. Vectors in the ellipses reflect the psychic forces, emotions. Vectors in the circles reflect behaviors. The diagram may be completed through information contributed by the inventory and corroborated by the metaphor tests. There is correspondence and complementarity between the relational inventory and the metaphor relational choices. The inventory provides clarity, when the pattern described in the metaphors is ambiguous.

The placement of the individual on the power side and the powerless side is determined by the scores of the relational modalities. The direction of vectors departing from the ellipses indicates the alternatives of cooperation, clockwise, versus antagonism, counterclockwise.

The scores of relational modalities determine the length of vectors attached to the individual’s ellipse/s. The psychic tension of the individual determines the polarization level of the ellipses. The numbers of the four relational scales indicate the relational modalities corresponding to the individual. They determine where the individual is placed on the concentric circles and if his attitude is cooperative or antagonistic.

Concentric Circle Graph
Concentric Circle Graph

This graph conveys diagnostic information; it identifies the test taker’s relational profile. It portrays the individual as dominant or submissive, cooperative or antagonistic, alternatively all the above. The graph simply presents the distribution of modalities visually.

The concentricity reflects the reciprocity between positions of power on the right and of the reciprocal positions of powerlessness on the left. The relational intensity is reflected in the polarization between the opposite states, as increasingly distant placement on the three concentric circles.

Four vectors within the circles qualify the person’s attitude. Cooperative modalities are identified with clockwise vectors, antagonistic modalities with counterclockwise vectors attached on the ellipses and going along the perimeters of the concentric circles; at the end of the vectors we point the intensity of each corresponding modality; thus submissive cooperative relating would have a vector scored with the corresponding number along the clockwise direction, while the submissive antagonistic modality would be a vector departing from the ellipse going counterclockwise with a number reflecting the intensity of this submissive antagonistic modality.

There are three parameters to evaluate in the graphic portrayal of the power field. Its concentric structure indicates degrees of polarization. This diagram is used in scoring every test by placing a circle system next to the art-work analyzed and within it identifying three dichotomies:

  1. Passivity/activity polar opposite and reciprocal locations to place the individuals. These are indicated with ellipses positioned on the reciprocal posts on one of the social system’s circumferences.
  2. Cooperation with clockwise vectors and antagonism with counterclockwise vectors within the social system’s concentric circles and similarly in the psychic system’s ellipses.
  3. Social and emotional interaction vectors and psychic tension placed within the social system may be used to reflect the dichotomy of alienation versus mutual respect.