Summary: Approaches via the TET

TET Generation

The approaches (syn. psychosocial systems, mentalities) enabling interaction-for-benefit can be plotted against two axes reflecting dimensions of social evolution:

This diagram is called a Typology Essences Table = TET. The axes are the executing duality.

Three approaches lie at extremes, i.e. very high or very low on these axes: kinship-, perspective- & reality-centredness. Three approaches lie closer to the centre of the chart: cause-, power- & community-centredness. The market-centred mentality extends as a diffuse ellipse in the lower-right quadrant with a central form (job-focus) and an extreme form (enterprise-focus) at the ends of the ellipse. Read more

The mentalities fall along two diagonal lines, each of which defines a set of mentalities meeting a fundamental need of both individuals and society: this is the approach duality. The mentalities lying along the line moving from top-left to bottom-right generate worthwhile products in society—the «productivity set».

However, sustained productivity requires that demoralisation is kept at bay. The mentalities lying along the line moving from bottom-left to top-right stabilize personal well-being—the «well-being set». These mentalities can support drive and maintain morale in the face of inevitable setbacks, disappointments and misfortune. They also provide markets with their values.

TET Features

■ Autonomy & Protection

Each person has two primary preoccupations when interacting with others: autonomy (the sense and practice of freedom of action) and protection (the sense and the reality of safety from harm).

■ Production & Cohesion

Every society has two primary preoccupations affected by interactions among its members: production (the creation of social goods—material, organizational, conceptual, philosophical and artistic) and cohesion (the solid and peaceful integration of all members).

■ Choice of Mentality

Everybody has one mentality that is dominant or primary. However, because the two diagonal sets complement each other, people need to identify with a second mentality from the other diagonal.

■ Responsibility & Rationality

Mentalities on the productivity diagonal demand a degree of rationality and responsibility. This burden of logic, purpose, knowledge and accountability leads to various approaches to reduce the risk inherent in any endeavour.

■ Authority & Stability

Mentalities on the well-being diagonal offer authority and stability and so provide feelings of safety and equilibrium that enable the operation of rationality and responsibility. Disruption may come from anywhere, so these mentalities generally encourage a broad and roving attention span.

■ Risk-Reduction

The two diagonal groups reveal different approaches to reducing risk.

■ Effective Perception

The two diagonal groups reveal differences in perceiving reality effectively.

Originally posted: July 2009

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