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My Mind Over Me

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“Firstly, I have been involved in counseling of one sort or another for over 30 years,” said the NLP trainer matter-of-factly. “Second, I have worked hard to acquire the neutrality needed when dealing with people. This is simple, good professionalism. And, I removed the conscious/unconscious kinaesthetics around each of the values levels and destroyed all strategies for running any negative emotions relating […]

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What is the relationship of our Spiral Dynamics approach with the “integral” movement?

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Integral and the Spiral Many people come to our Spiral Dynamics® programs from introductions linked to integral perspectives and philosopher Ken Wilber’s writings. Usually, they are ready for more depth in SD training and want a solid foundation in Gravesian theory.  Sometimes the ideas have resonated but they have been put off by various aspects of other approaches to it. […]

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The right to be

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If we accomplish nothing else, we want to help people recognize that there is elegance in all of the levels, and that constructive change first occurs within levels, then between them. Sometimes the move from less functional to more functional behavior at a level is a huge growth step – from a destructive, subtractive form to a more positive, additive […]

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Getting stuck in traits

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Sometimes color-based generalizations go too far and turn into simplistic stereotypes and glib labels for dividing elites from lesser persons. This is one reason why we focus our students’ attention on Graves’s two-part letter-pair designations more than the Spiral colors. Although confusing at first to novices, the terminology is far more powerful than a color code, no matter how stretched […]

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Levels

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In the Gravesian perspective, there are a few relatively distinct levels (with entering and exiting phases where they combine to form a wave-like continuum), but an infinity of forms of expressing each of these. Thus, the themes are identifiable as basic frameworks, while the forms of expression they take are varied. Beware of presentations which offer traits and symptoms as […]

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Interaction on the double-helix

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The interplay of existential problems in the milieu with the neurology of a human brain is the core of the theory, as well as one of its most practically useful aspects. (Graves used the double-helix as a metaphor.) An understanding of this dynamic is what gives this approach such power for explaining why people do as they do, and anticipating […]

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The Spiral: Much more than a color code

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Over the past few weeks we have encountered some disturbing situations. A woman was in tears of frustration because she just couldn’t be “second tier” enough. A young man was experiencing incredible personal trauma seeking to confirm his “turquoise-ness,” lest he be second class being by finding himself mostly in “first tier”. Meanwhile, another, sensing a failing struggle, wondered just […]

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What about emotions and temperament factors?

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While there are relationships between emotional and temperament factors at the various levels of psychological existence, the theory does not offer an easy catalog. Moreover, many of these characteristics seem to ebb and flow through the levels. Some track with the inner-outer cyclical nature of the model. Others rise or fall with movement in the hierarchy. Some of the findings […]

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How does intelligence relate to this theory?

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Intelligence doesn’t relate very well at all. It’s very hard even to define intelligence in a meaningful way. Howard Gardner’s work probably best explains the concept as it describes and legitimizes at least nine ‘intelligences’ that include physical, emotional, and intellectual pursuits. The old notion of I.Q. isn’t inclusive enough, and even in Graves’ day he found poor correlations between […]

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Did Dr. Graves come up with the name, “Spiral Dynamics?”

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No. The term was coined several years after Dr. Graves’ death in 1986. Before we began using “Spiral Dynamics,” we called it Value Systems Theory and Coping Systems. The trademark was registered in 1999. The motivation for the name change was both the need for a title for the book, and a recognition that the earlier labels did not resonate […]

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Is the Spiral a kind of typology?

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Dr. Graves’ theory describes an emergent process, not a set of categories or boxes for people or a series of essential developmental stages locked into chronology. These are systems within the person or group, not types of persons or groups. They’re ways of thinking about a thing, not labels for thinkers. One of our ongoing problems is that many people […]

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Seven out of Ten NLP Trainers Don’t Listen

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No doubt you believe you do “rapport” very well. You believe that you’re a great listener – one of the three out of ten who can listen well. So perhaps you’re reading this because you are curious to find out about your colleagues and competitors. Here’s a quick self-analysis to check. Do you:   Talk over others without being aware of […]

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Chunking & Sequencing With the CSI

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Preparing a training for a new group of participants? Figuring out how to chunk and sequence your content? The Spiral Dynamics Change State Indicator (CSI) can be your best friend helping you to prepare. It is the Trainer’s secret weapon when it comes to knowing your audience and matching your approach to their needs, where they are.  Have you ever been presenting […]

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