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Reversal of Oscillation in Change-PH3

The development of the 3rd Primary Hierarchy is in its infancy. There is still doubt about the formal name (e.g. it seems too much like the name for its 2nd level). Is the hierarchy about "identity" or "existence" or "situational state" or "system-environment interaction".

A hierarchy related to change was identified initially through discovery of a Principal Typology. However, it seems that the natural ordering there was misleading. Formulations of the levels (indicated but not explained below) are being actively developed during this project, and so this page has had more changes than usual.

As a result, the oscillation here is uncertain. It seems to be about interaction with the environment or possibly continuity. Does the element enable or stimulate evolutionary development? Or does it preserve and protect what exists during such change? Does it address and lead to the new or value and protect the old?

This polarization is captured here as:
evolutionary (ODD) v preservative (EVEN).


Variation-L1 is naturally evolutionary because small adjustments and minor deviations, none of which are necessarily viewed as permanent or significant, all add up over time. Minor differences in one part of a system can lead via obscure and unexpected interactions to changes elsewhere, ultimately affecting the whole.

HoweverVariations preserve the status quo when they are applied spontaneously as a response to minor buffeting. Spontaneous adjustments in dynamic situations maintain equilibrium and ensure you stay on course.


ConversionVariations that are preservative express spontaneity-L7 and operate in the realm of Action-PH1.


Formation-L2 is naturally preservative because specific changes of this sort always occur within a given stable situation and ensure adherence to current values. The conservative and protective quality at this level permits such changes to happen without excessive opposition.

However:  Formation may be deliberately used in a subtle strategic way to enable evolutionary development in a situation that is experienced as natural. Considerable imagination is required to produce such an outcome


Conversion: Using formation to evolve positively is an expression of imagination-L7, which lies in the realm of Experience-PH4.


Improvement-L3 (or reform as it was formally named) is naturally evolutionary because it is directly about operating on the forms-L2 in the current situation. It focuses on a coherent part of the given stable state so as to make it better.

However: When deeply important values are at stake, improvement may be activated to sustain and preserve the existing system against dynamic forces, both internal and external.


ConversionImprovement that is actively preservative is presented as an expression of ultimate values-L7 which are found within the realm of Purpose-PH6.


Stabilization-L4 is naturally preservative because it is the basis for continuity and identity, and the reference point for all changes, large and small. It becomes a crucial feature

However:  A persistent major disruption, like a social force in society, cannot be resisted. It is soon recognized that "to remain as we are, many things will have to change." Such stabilization entails an evolutionary movement to a new state without the usual reference. This demands a willingness to trust that this will work out somehow and that the essence of the initial identity will not be lost.


ConversionStabilization that generates evolution is an expression of trust-L7 in the realm of Willingness-PH7.


Management-L5 is naturally evolutionary in that every psychosocial system is itself dynamic and sustains itself within a dynamic environment. Because nothing stands still, new internal requirements and environmental challenges continually emerge and require managing. Management produces new solutions to meet new needs and so the whole system evolves.

HoweverManagement may be used to preserve the status quo and resist necessary change, but that is puzzling. It leads us to wonder about what is actually going on and provokes investigation.


ConversionManagement that is preservative leads to wonder-L7 which is within the realm of Inquiry-PH2.


Representation-L6 is naturally preservative because it is about providing an account of both actual and potential states. The act of representation allows distance from current and future events and sustains order.

However:  If the representations are themselves part of the process of change and antagonistic to the current order, then they entail a re-thinking or re-modelling that is transformative.


ConversionRepresentations that are intrinsically evolutionary remain in the realm of Change-PH3, but they are expressions of transformation-L7.


Transformation-L7 is naturally evolutionary because it builds on the best of what exists in order to create something that is utterly new.

However:  Something can going seriously wrong within a system, and transformative change is then needed to preserve the system. (This is the opposite of handling stabilization given overwhelming impersonal forces.) In such a case, openness is required to enable discussion that touches on highly sensitive issues and respects entrenched views.


ConversionTransformation that is preservative is an expression of openness-L7 in the realm of Communication-PH5.

Summary of the Results of Forcing a Reversal

L Name Natural
Conversion on Forcible Reversal
New Element Primary Hierarchy
7 Transformation Evolutionary openness-L7 in PH5-Communication
6 Representation Preservative transformation-L7 in PH3-Change
5 Management Evolutionary wonder-L7 in PH2-Inquiry
4 Stabilization Preservative trust-L7 in PH7-Willingness
3 Improvement Evolutionary ultimate value-L7 in PH6-Purpose
2 Formation Preservative imagination-L7 in PH4-Experience
1 Variation Evolutionary spontaneity-L7 in PH1-Action

Last Amended:  11-October-2013; 15-Apr-2015.

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