A useful meta-process idea

at Cognitive Edge has noted

Yesterday I outlined a series of known effects that produce errors in perception and judgement in humans. I argued then that attempts to train people not to commit such errors was itself an error and a good example of the idealistic approaches to management that seem to dominate much of the management and training literature.

This is what I recognise, these days, as a meta-process/ meta-statement – error at two levels, and the risk of faulty thinking that goes with such potential confusion.  (from Gregory Bateson)

This time its application is definitely for me, and my high internal locus of control and closure potentialities and my big picture thinking (NTJ in MBTI) … any idea/ ideal/ idealism is likely to have this kind of incongruence built in (ie inherent)!!! Can I think critically about that?

MBTI and change

MBTI application postulates that the capacity to deal with change is an expression of the combination of ‘Energy’ (E/I) and ‘External Orientation’ (J/P).

IJ: Decisive introverts: Change is tested against internal perceptions (focus on the N-S dimension, the I-preferred attitude). If change ‘fits’ they move quickly to implement.  If the change does not fit, they are immovable opponents.

IP: Adaptable introverts: Change proposed stimulates curiosity (P focus) and information seeking. Proposed change is assessed according to T/F preference. The process of seeking information takes time, so appears adaptable, but they only move ahead after they have decided.

EP: Adapatable extraverts: Change proposed stimulates consulting their networks (E external stimuli focus) to find out what everybody thinks as information seeking approach. If change allows room for creativity (P) and action, they gather resources and people, and energise everyone to implement the change

EJ: Decisive extraverts: Change proposed stimulates their evaluative process (J, expressed as T or F), and questioning out loud. If questions are answered satisfactorily, they move quickly to organise and implement change.

(see Introduction to Type, p.32)

So: four basic responses to change; with variants within those four …

Now to check against the five colour model …

Yellow (their interests are taken into account) – maps to F preference

Blue (clearly specified result is laid down before) – maps to J preference; maps also to T preference

Red (it is appealing or inspiring) – maps to P preference

Green (learning and motivated to discover limits) – maps to N preference

White (autonomously of its own accord)

In my mapping analysis, I would see that the fifth item is irrespective of MBTI preferences – it addresses agency, and is independent of the dimensions MBTI seeks to specify.

As I consider the four colours (other than white), I do not establish a mutually exclusive and different set, as happens with the combinatory patterns for MBTI that express ‘quadrant-like’ differences, eg the E/I and J/P combination for approach to change; the N/S and T/F combination for learning styles and career interests; the E/I and N/S for uses of Information; the T/F and J/P for leading/following styles; and the NF/NT and SP/SJ temperament model.  (see Introduction to type p.32-34)

Three things come to mind here:

(1) my next step would be to chase up the original, and read that for myself and check out how I understand it compared to Beth’s application of the review summary

(2) I also need to brush up on how I am understanding MBTI, and the combination of factors.  This exercise forces that a bit, and prompts a remembrance of Yoland Wadsworth’s journey

(3) there is also the possibility that the analysis that led to the five colours, mixed/muddled categories, and so the chase and attempt to map will prove elusive (an inherent contradiction).

It is working …

The RSS feed to the Google Reader process is delivering …

I have two new models, this morning, to set the wheels turning.

The first is courtesy Beth’s blog and is a five colour change model

My questions here: how this ‘fits’ with MBTI?, what else (MBTI would predict 4 colours) is it capturing?

The second is courtesy Shawn at Anecdote, and looks at a four quadrant analysis of systems and brings me back to Bateson and story and mind and pattern, and presents, for me, an interesting summary and comparison, and a suggestion of what to do in chaos – do to shift …

My question here is – what about that middle hatched patch?