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Tiltology - The Tilt Wiki

Tiltology is our science about the evolution of personality development. It's based on a theory of personality and character development that goes way beyond "Typology"

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You are unique...and...you are similar to others. Both of these statements are true, and each is meaningful to our healthy psychological development. In order to grow, we mirror ourselves in witness to one another to find answers to both of these basic human truths. What we are seeking is self-understanding and self-knowledge, so that we can be safe, happy and fulfilled by the experience of our life choices.

Self-Awareness is the key to growth in authenticity, well-being & fulfillment

What we might notice as we mature naturally over time, is that when we grow our self-awareness... it has a particular effect on the current state of our self-esteem. When that affect is positive, it can produce a higher quality of life and general happiness as a by-product. Conversely, when what we learn is perceived as negative and damages our self-esteem, it can have an adverse affect. When this happens we may unwittingly stimulate fear that is programmed from old injuries to our self-esteem, producing negative consequences and a byproduct of unhappiness. In short, how we become aware of the patterns in our behavior as well as the underlying reasons for them, matters deeply. Learning how to identify the logic behind our human patterns through systems that increase self-responsibility, self-respect, self-regard and self-expression can provide an anchor of stability so we have a chance at a better life. When we wander through life aimlessly, never examining the reasons for our human patterns, we find our life outcomes are a direct reflection of whatever life dealt to us in our early years. As such, the subconscious survival strategy that lives hidden deep within us will have power over our behavior in ways we can't explain. We don't know why we do what we do, why we keep doing it over and over...and we have very little control over the outcomes it produces for us. In short, we limit our life outcomes, through an unexamined set of psychological patterns that are wired in our brain from early life.

Who am I, really?

So, how can we understand the process of your psychological development in simple terms? Here are the basic concepts of Tiltology, which is the art and science of personal development made easy.

Personality Predisposition

We start out life with personality traits that are genetically wired into our neurobiology. The traits show up as soon as we become a living being and are not even born yet! The genetic pattern we inherit from our parents may be designed with the intent that we will have healthy "mirrors" of ourselves so that healthy attachment can unfold. If this happens, our parents mirror back the traits that are a basic part of our nature and help them to form a solid basis for self-understanding. But this is only the beginning....

Personality Strategy

When we grow up in our family of origin, our parents hopefully mirror back healthy versions of who we might become by showing us our potential. Other mentoring figures can contribute to this healthy development in powerful ways. Teachers, coaches, extended family members and the people we are exposed to also inform our forming identity. The purpose of the personality, is to help us form a way of being in the world that produces positive results for us. As we interact in our growing family, we adopt personality traits that get positive results and we begin to self-regulate those that get us negative results. Over time, this self-regulation becomes a strategy for successful living that is wired into our brain when it is like a sponge and is developing a basic foundation for how to behave. Personality is therefore, a blending of traits that we might call human patterns that we have honed into a "personality strategy" that works reasonably well for us!

Character Traits

As we learn to get along in the world, the part of ourself that regulates the personality traits is what we might call our True Self. This is the part of us that is able to be self-aware. The part that is sentient, and can observe our own thinking processes. So, the part that we might call "I" is truly a part of us that can observe our own personality traits and patterns and regulate them! So, it is through this True Self our conscious aspect is experienced. But which part of ourselves is truly in control? Our true self...or our personality...or something else?


In our research, we have observed that those people who score at certain levels (3.5+ scores by "all others") on all four character traits groupings (quadrants of Tilt), also report the highest levels of general well-being. The presence of positive emotions, absence of negative emotions, satisfaction with life, and positive outcomes are reported by those "living" in this higher range of conscious awareness more of the time. In addition, as self-reported scores at 4.0+ (scores in the green zone) also report an experience of self-transcendence and general fulfillment, enabling them to cope well with life's challenges and suffering with greater ease and acceptance. They are able to see these inevitable challenges of life as something they can navigate with resilience and are able to enjoy the mysteries of life by living more in the present moment. This awakening is created by the development of conscious awareness and self-acceptance. When we develop a capacity for self-transcendece, we stop trying to be perfect and are able to laugh more, producing higher levels of well-being.

Complexity & Creativity

An increase in conscious awareness correlates to positive influence in those around us. In the Tilt research, higher scores in the dimensions correlated to creative responses in those in the team-level environment. The more complex our thinking, the more inclusive we become because we realize how much we don't know and can appreciate the contributions of others. This level of maturity allows us to collaborate more effectively, while at the same time following strong self-directed responsibility. In effect, this complex maturation includes both integration and differentiation of our personality structure. When we embrace the polarity of both at once, we can achieve higher levels of complex reasoning. For example, I might say "I know what I want to do and I am going to accomplish it" (differentiation) while at the same time acknowledging "I can't possibly know all there is to know, I acknowledge that I need the perspective of other points of view (integration), but I choose to exercise my freedom and accomplish something based on what I know now (creative contribution). In more simple terms, I might say "I am not all-knowing, but I know who I am and what I must do or create." This is how average human beings become the creative fabric of progress.

"Do I contradict myself? Very well, then, I contradict myself; I am large -- I contain multitudes."—Walt Whitman