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CognitiveThe cognitive line has to do with our ability to know things through conceptual thought, although it includes our earlier stage of sensori-motor development. Basically this has to do with how “smart” we are, in the most usual sense of the word. In our culture and educational system we tend to value the cognitive line above the others. It is important and has been said to be “necessary but not sufficient” for development in the other lines. By itself, however, it hardly enables us to be fully human. As Garrison Keillor has said: “Sometimes intelligence is like four wheel drive; it just allows you to get stuck in more remote places.”
Affective or EmotionalThis line is about our “emotional intelligence”, our ability to know through feeling. Are we able to experience a range and intensity of different emotions? Are we aware of our emotions when they arise? To what degree do we ignore and suppress our emotions; or do we simply act them out impulsively? How sensitive and perceptive are we about the emotional experience of others? Are we able to empathize and use our emotional resonance with others to guide our responses? The affective line encompasses the entire realm of our capacity to feel and how we are able to make use of our feelings in conducting our lives.
InterpersonalThis line is about our ability to engage with other people. Being able to read social cues, enter into conversations, arrive at mutual understanding, resolve conflicts, advocate for our needs, collaborate in joint ventures- these are just part of what is involved in the interpersonal line. It includes our ability to receive, interpret, and respond to the verbal and non-verbal messages of others, as well as our ability to express ourselves so that we are understood. How we initiate, maintain, and end relationships are also aspects of the interpersonal line.
MoralThe moral line has to do with how we think about what is “right” and “wrong”, as well as how we choose to act when confronted with moral or ethical dilemmas. Are we exclusively concerned with our own wants and needs, or do we also consider others? Do we obediently follow the rules or commandments of our own group, or do we independently think through the implications of our choices? Are we interested only in the well being of our own family, community, or nation; or do we care about the happiness of all sentient beings everywhere? What gets included in our embrace of care is a measure of our development in the moral line.
NeedsAbraham Maslow pointed out that as we grow and mature we experience different kinds of needs. We begin with physical needs and then develop through emotional and psychological needs. If we are able to meet all of these needs then we experience the need for self-acutualization and ultimately for self-transcendence. A primary task of providing care is to help others meet their needs, so it is very important that we have some discernment of where a person is at in this line.
Self or EgoThis line is about who we think we are and experience ourselves to be. It is how we might complete the following sentence: I am _______________. It is whatever we identify with; for instance, our body, mind, spirit, social role, age, gender, race, class, religion, etc. Our felt sense of being a single, separate, continuous something (however we happen to put this together) is at the heart of the self line. What are we willing and able to include as part of our identity? What do we exclude? Is our sense of self constricted or expansive? Do we feel fragmented and confused about who we are, or do we feel integrated and whole?
The word “spiritual” has so many connotations that it can be confusing or almost meaningless to talk about if not precisely defined. Some would say that there is a spiritual line of development that starts at infancy and continues through life, while others would say that spiritual development is a higher stage that only comes later in life. Rather than argue for one perspective or the other (they all contain some truth), I simply want to point out that our understanding of “God”, or “higher purpose”, or “the Great Mystery”, or “enlightenment”, or any self-transcending principle, can represent a major aspect or “line” of our development.
There are many other lines that we could learn about and attend to, but these provide a good starting point. When we enter another person’s life with the intention to care for them, we could notice that they are more or less developed in different areas. Just making the effort to pay attention to this could be an expression of our care. As we become more familiar with different lines, and how a particular person embodies them, we can tailor our approach to care in ways that more precisely fit with that person’s actual needs.
Source of this description: http://www.dewanherrick.com/integral_map8.html
Healthy Level 1: The Level of Liberation Level 2: The Level of Psychological Capacity Level 3: The Level of Social Value
Average Level 4: The Level of Imbalance/ Social Role Level 5: The Level of Interpersonal Control Level 6: The Level of Overcompensation
Unhealthy Level 7: The Level of Violation Level 8: The Level of Obsession and Compulsion Level 9: The Level of Pathological Destructiveness