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Comparing the Mentalities

Using a Typology-Essences Table

The TET permits us to look simultaneously at all seven approaches to ethical choice in an arrangement that reflects the basic mechanics of choice.

Step 1: Determine the TET Axes

In relation to the Interacting-for-Benefit framework:

X-Axis: The social outcome is about contribution to society:
e.g.Closed How much does the mentality generate benefit in the social setting? How far are societal needs deliberately considered? Are social values important? Is there likely to be social growth or social development as a result?

Y-Axis: The psychological requirement relates to self-development.
e.g.Closed Does the inner world of self-awareness need attention to use the mentality? How far is personal growth deliberately considered and pursued?

Step 2: Position the Mentalities

We will consider and plot approaches one by one on the blank TET with axes & quadrants labelled as shown:Closed
high on both self-development and societal contribution (upper-right),
low on both self-development and societal contribution (lower-left),
high on self-development and low on societal contribution (upper-left), &
low on self-development and high on societal contribution (lower right).

Understanding why the mentalities are positioned as they are is important for further applications. So …

We start with the extreme mentalities:

We place Kinship-centredness in the lower left corner of the lower left quadrant

We place Perspective-centredness in the upper left corner of the upper left quadrant

We place Reality-centredness in the upper right corner of the upper right quadrant

We now turn to the central mentalities:

We place Power-centredness in the upper right part of the lower left quadrant.

We place Cause-centredness in the lower right part of the upper left quadrant.

We place Community-centredness in the lower left part of the upper right quadrant.

There is one last mentality to consider:

We show the Market-centred approach covering a diffuse elliptical area in the lower right quadrant.

Finally: The Mentality that Isn’t


If you are puzzled by the positioning of any mentality, then you should either:

Originally posted: July 2009

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