Central to the Integral Idea is the notion that our life and developmental journey, as determined by the way we think, our values and our identity, develops in stages, each stage characterised by the way we fundamentally understand and encounter the world around us.
Each stage describes both a person’s way of thinking, i.e. the way in which we thoughtfully create structure, coherence and meaning in what we do, and our way of feeling, i.e. how we experience events around us and what inner processes this experience sets in motion. But first and foremost in this context, the stages are described through the associated more concrete behaviour.
The quality of what you develop in one area of the IPA Analysis model is dependent on what you have developed in the other areas.
When we evolve from one platform to the next, we take all the best of the old platform with us and INTEGRATE the old into the new. Where before the old was the goal and an end in itself, now it becomes a means to unfold ourselves from the new platform with new goals, new personal standards and a whole new way of experiencing ourselves and interpreting ourselves into the world.
The movement and leap from the old to the new stage marks both a historical and personal leap to a higher stage of consciousness.
The crucial pendulum swing of personal development is the movement between Integration – being like and connecting with others and Differentiation – being oneself as something unique and different from others. These two positions belong together and cannot be separated, and personal development arises in the dynamic between the two apparent opposites. It is the force and energy that moves us from one stage to the next.
As we move through life, we develop both the self, i.e. we create our personal identity and self-perception through this seeing of the world from the inside out, AND we enter into and develop relationships, thereby learning to see the world from the outside in. A balanced self-awareness requires both views.
There are more than 30 years of research in personality analysis behind IPA Nordic.
Have a nice trip.
– Flemming Olsen
Researcher for IPA Nordic & speaker at HR-Dagen