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The Strength-based Model Of The Multiplicity Of Mind

The Strength-based Model Of The Multiplicity Of Mind

Authored By Emily
We all have our views and feelings towards certain subjects be it politics, moral issues such as abortion, cosmetics, name it. Our worldview and feelings influence our standpoint and ultimately how we relate to others. When you share strong feelings and views on a subject that are different from somebody else’s, it’s easy to have a conflict with them. The multiplicity of mind theory holds that we have various inner voices in us all competing to be recognized, heard and acknowledged. In order to get balance and find gratitude amidst conflict, we have to find a way to dialogue with all these inner voices and establish harmony within so that we can be able to deal with the issues without, with gratitude. Take for instance the inner dialogue on health choices. One voice says eat an apple because, in the long run, you’ll live a healthier life but the other voice says to eat the chocolate muffin to gratify your immediate craving. This is a good example of how different voices within us can influence decision making.

How To Deal With Inner & Outer Conflicts

We can deal with conflicts by tuning into a selection of life forces that help diversify perspectives so that we acquire wisdom and gratitude even in instances where we’re just not grateful.
  1. Autonomous capacity Autonomy is described as an orgasmic drive. It’s the inner part of you that defines external control and resists following advice. The autonomous inner you helps you to sustain behavior and self-regulate even in conflict.
  2. Standard setter This is the voice that agrees with the autonomous you. It holds to its standards and belief system and is just never willing to compromise.
  3. The new experience seeker This is the part of you that is open to adventure, exploring, learning and change. It’s curious and open minded and more likely to be open to other people’s opinions and views without necessary opposing them or provoking conflict.
  4. Relational capacity This is the inner self on which relationships are formed and built. We all have the capacity for a relationship be it parent to child, boss to colleague, spouses or lovers, friends, professional relationships. Relational capacity is warm, trusting, loving, compassionate and kind to us.
  5. Meaning maker The best way to resolve conflict with someone close is to seek to appreciate, respect and understand where they are coming from. Meaning maker is that part of you that seeks to consider and answer predominant questions, to find purpose and encourage growth.
  6. Creative capacity This one is imaginative, generative and spontaneous. It’s the inner you that uses unconventional thinking is solving conflict through games, jokes or satire. It helps cool things down during the conflict by distracting the conflicting parties from the conflict itself.
  7. Body regulation capacity This is the inner voice that seeks to attain balance. It strives for stability, homeostasis and a healthy autonomic nervous system.
Ultimately, once aware of all the voices at play not just in you but in others as well can help find healthy and productive ways to resolve conflict and strengthen relationships. We can indeed rise above our differences.


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