Philosophers and scientists have long debated about the nature of the human mind. Some tell us that we are just neurons firing, while others tell us we are driven by sex and violence. In juxtaposition to these theoretical models, this program based on Conflict Analysis, the Formal Theory of Behavior, rests on the idea that the unconscious is an innate conflict resolving homeostatic mechanism driven by the need to conform to norms, hence it is driven by moral rules, and it is a scientific mechanism following the laws of two natural science phenomena.

The first phenomenon is the equilibrial scale. There are three formal operations to restore the balance of the trays given the situation where a weight is placed on one tray of the scale:

  1. Reciprocity: This formal operation places a weight on the scale’s other tray, corresponding to the reciprocal behavior, using activity to offset a passivity state.
  2. Negation: This formal operation removes the initial weight from the weighted down tray, corresponding to pursuing the opposite behavior, turning antagonism to cooperation.
  3. Correlation: This operation shifts the weight on the fulcrum of the scale to establish balance; it corresponds to changing attitude from feeling alienated to experiencing mutual respect, feeling respected but also expanding one's thinking, being respectful and reconciled with adversity, the given broader reality.

The second phenomenon is the Simple Harmonic Motion based on the principle of conservation of energy and its transformation from dynamic to kinetic and then to higher order energy, negative entropy; we conceive of conflict as a shift away from the state of rest as the normative position. The deviation, a move away from one’s equilibrial or rest position represents an emotional energetic charge that oscillates in one's mind back and forth until the conflict is resolved, until the emotional charge is transformed from conflict to resolution or negative entropy. The unconscious is like the chlorophyll of plants: it captures energy of conflict and transforms it into personal emotional growth. 

The process to conflict resolution and personal growth consists of three emotional oscillations. They are identified with six role states as stress and response, anxiety and defense, reversal and compromise. The normative deviation, the Stress state, a passivity state generates an opposite emotional force, acceleration, leading to an activity proportional and opposite to the initial deviation, driving one to overshoot the rest state. This is the Response. The response generates an opposite force called Anxiety that is experienced as passivity and that leads to a new activity, the Defense role, which then leads to one's Reversal, another passivity state countered by making inner concessions, attitude change or growth leading to the rest state resolving the conflict with a Compromise.

This mental oscillations process transforms conflict energy to resolution as the happy ending of stories. The three pendulum oscillations restore the mental balance. We identify the three oscillations the six interrelated states of passivity and activity as an emotional chain reaction whose task is transforming a conflict from a state of passivity, antagonism and alienation to a resolution as a state of mastery, cooperation and mutual respect. The chain reaction of the six events is identified clinically as a relational modality syndrome.

The unconscious is a conflict resolution or moral order mechanism


Identifying the unit of the creative process as the circumscribed entity of a story whose plot is unfolding as a conflict resolution mechanism, with a beginning middle and a moral end as the six role state process

The unconscious is a natural science phenomenon identified with two equilibrial natural science phenomena and abiding by their constructs and formulas

Klein’s Inverse operation offset by the product of Negation.

1. The equlibrial scale as the Kleinian system of four formal operations inverse offset by three different paths to resolution, I=NRC

2. Simple Harmonic Motion (SHM) as the oscillation of the individual in a normative field from a conflict as the deviation to resolution as its correction occurring in three cycles of formally interrelated emotions

The unconscious is a clinical diagnosis: four wellness diagnostic categories, the relational modalities as four alternative ways of resolving conflicts


According to two formal operations Reciprocity and Negation, there are four relational modalities: dominance and subordinacy cooperative and antagonistic types qualified by degrees of resolution along a third operation identifying wellness and pathology

The unconscious is measurable through the Conflict Analysis Battery, a self-assessment that is educational, diagnostic and therapeutic

1. An introductory essay makes the assessment experience educational

2. A personality inventory identifies the relational modality diagnosis

3. A set of metaphor tests integrates fragments into the pattern representing a therapeutic experience

The unconscious is a spiritual harmonic pertaining to morality and demystifying religions as partial and complementary discoveries of science

Identifying religions as normative institutions representing alternative types of conflict resolution differing in the principles of conflict resolution as their formal operations as their preferred moral values