Interaction on the double-helix
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 where they will go next. That is because why and what we do are logically consistent with the world we experience. People put first things first and behave in ways that they believe are adjustive and adaptive to the realities at hand, using the equipment available to them in their brains. The impacts of experiential and genetic aspects are intertwined.
One’s sensation of the ‘real’ world activates a corresponding neuronal system that permits thinking which is consistent with living in such a world. The mature personality is congruent with the realities at hand. Behavior fits because the bio-psycho-social system is thereby stabilized. This is a balance theory with these four aspects blending at each level to form a package. When either the existential problems or the neuronal system changes, then that instability triggers disturbance and the possibility of a shift to a different level of existence. When problems surge in the priority stack, then look for a neurological shift to a way of thinking that is more aligned with the now-pressing existence problems.
This means, for example, that thinking in exclusively Yellow ways in an overwhelmingly Orange world is less adaptive in the short term than shifting toward an ER which is more congruent. The fluent Orange will have a tactical advantage because intelligent and open full-bore ER is the better fit, though its best is inadequate to address the A’ problems to which Yellow is attuned. In the long term, the more elaborated system recognizes a broader and more complex set of problems, thus has offers overall advantage.