Most personality scales are based on evaluating illness. Popular measures like the Big Five Inventory and the Inventory of Interpersonal Problems inherited psychology's focus on pathology rather than wellness. The Conflict Analysis Battery changes this emphasis, shifting towards an understanding of mental health as opposed to mental illness.
Rather than concentrating on personality, The Conflict Analysis Battery introduces the construct of relational modalities, a reference for the underlying unconscious patterns that drive our behavior. Whereas personality is typically a vague reference, relational modalities are clear relational concepts that are based on power and power management. Through coming to recognize your relational modality, you are gaining transformational skills, helping you to understanding your patterns, and start to make changes to improve upon these patterns.
The Conflict Analysis Battery uses the Relational Modality Evaluation Scale (RMES) to measure relational modalities. It features four relational subscales: the Dominant Cooperative Scale, the Dominant Antagonistic scale, the Submissive Cooperative scale, and the Submissive Antagonistic scale. It also includes a measure of tension and stress, the Psychic Tension scale.
As a way of conceptualizing these scales and the modalities they measure, it is useful to reference the Wizard of Oz's four characters walking the Yellow Brick Road, Dorothy, the Cowardly Lion, the Scare Crow, and the Tin Man, as depicting the four relational modalities.
The RMES is a personality inventory that is used to identify one’s own personality. Though the Wizard of Oz characters are presented as problematic, needing the magical intervention of a wizard, we recognize them as referencing wellness psychological diagnoses. Their features are constellations of emotions and behaviors. They are different from the current diagnostic categories that are based on illness as opposed to wellness. The four relational modalities vary along the axes of power/ powerlessness and cooperation / antagonism. It is important to know them because they may decompensate and manifest with different symptom patterns. The Oz heroes’ characteristic strengths and weaknesses help to chart the path to first, understand oneself, and secondly, to modify the emotional sequence by either lessening power, the state of activity or increasing it, reversing antagonism to cooperation and finding healthy stance of mutual respect versus alienation.
The core concept is understanding the unconscious as a mental heartbeat and developing a stethoscope for the person to listen to her heart; measuring one's emotional sequence allows us to recognize our alternative patterns of resolution and thereby gain insight about a person's style of power management.
The relational modality diagnoses depart from the traditional clinical-symptom-oriented focus of the DSM by identifying instead the psychodynamic RELATIONAL and SYNDROMAL nature of the unconscious. This approach examines the formal organization of emotions and behaviors and entails a completely different approach to diagnosis and related psychotherapeutic interventions.
The relational wellness diagnoses entail understanding clinical symptoms as generated by behaviors that are corrigible by making the appropriate psychodynamic relational changes. Several conditions in the following pages have been addressed successfully with relational insights and power management patient-identified interventions. The diagnoses of wellness, dominance and submissiveness, and the assessment instruments help the patients to identify their problems as relational modality generated symptoms and to address them with power management interventions. In the case of submissiveness the intervention is assertiveness improving the communication of feelings. In the cases of dominance the intervention is the opposite, self-restraint, admission of vulnerabilities and the reduction of dominant aggressive cover up behaviors.
The significance of the relational diagnoses is in providing the client/patient with insights that s/he identifies through the completion of the self-assessment guiding the test taker to the needed therapeutic power management relational changes. The test taker with the help of the assessment recognizes one’s relational modality and its syndromal repercussions as a pattern organizing one’s life experiences and intuitively suggesting the needed changes.
Within the online intervention, the profile displays the computed averages for each relational modality and for the 6 characteristics of each modality. The weighted average numerical values are displayed for each relational modality and for the psychic tension and for each trait characteristic of each of the four relational modalities; the test taker identifies here his/her diagnosis as the one or two modalities with the highest score.
The diagnostic categories are nicknamed along the familiar characters of the Wizard of Oz assisting the person to grasp the significance of power relational choices on one’s diagnosis.