Spiral Dynamics is an intriguing model for the different levels of development and interaction that individuals (and even cultures) may exhibit towards each other and the world. It has interesting parallels to Erikson’s Eight Stages of Psychosocial Development and even Leary’s Eight Brain Circuit Model of Consciousness.
Below is a list of these levels by (Catchy) Name, Social Structure, Motives, and Means of Coping:
- SurvivalSense, Loose Bands, Survival, Instinctive
- KinSpirits, Tribes, Magic/Safety, Animistic
- PowerGods, Empires, Power/Dominance, Egocentric
- TruthForce, Pyramidal, Order/Morality, Absolutistic
- StriveDrive, Delegative, Autonomy/Achievement, Multiplistic
- HumanBond, Egalitarian, Approval/Equality/Community, Relativistic
- FlexFlow, Interactive, Adaptability/Integration, Systemic
- GlobalView, Global, Compassion/Harmony, Holistic
And maybe another, further step if we don’t destroy ourselves and the Earth by just being stupid.
Don Edward Beck, Christopher C. Cowan / Spiral Dynamics: mastering values, leadership and change
Don Edward Beck, et. al. / Spiral Dynamics in Action: humanity’s master code