Here’s a few personality dimensions I use. They show how people who disagree are not being nonsensical, but are evaluating the facts and possibilities of reality differently. Note: People aren’t at either dimension pole, but they tend toward one side or the other.
Stability – Dynamic Dimension(conservative to liberal)
- Stability – see the successes of past; therefore desire to keep things the same
- Dynamic – see the inequities of the present; therefore desire to change things
- Although most dimensions are relatively independent of social position, Stability-Dynamic is not.
- If you have high status, you tend to experience and see the status quo’s benefits.
- If you have low status, you tend to experience and see the flaws in the operation of the status quo.
Pragmatism – Purism Dimension (ideological spectrum)
- For good results, a pragmatist is willing to forego principle
- No matter the results, a purist must adhere to principle
Risk-Reward tradeoff (Fear-Greed tradeoff)
- These are 2 separate dimensions that, because of the way the world works, the position you take on one dimension implies a stance in the other dimension.
- How much risk are you willing to take to gain a potential reward?
Immediate Satisfaction – Delayed Gratification Dimension
- Do you regularly give in to your immediate desires so that your long-term goals don’t get enough time, energy, and attention, making you fall short of them?
- Do you plan so much for the future, that you don’t take any pleasure in the present?
Natural – Theoretical Dimension (a basis of moral scale)
- Naturalist believe humans developed and evolved with certain behavioral traits – eating meat, being heterosexual. Implying those acts are natural; are right; are morally good
- Theoreticians believe humans can act any way they envision. The acts are possible. The future is ours to make. We can chose from any theoretical possible behavior.
Logical-Creative Dimension (preferred mode of thinking)
- Logic people are exact, sticking to what they know.
- Creative people are inexact. They guess what is missing.
- Logical people have words flowing around inside their head.
- Creative people have images and ideas popping into their consciousness
- They see relationships between things that logical thinkers call different
- They have hunches that something is going to happen, because they’ve seen this pattern before.