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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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About the Four Human Needs Bookmark

The four categories of Tilt character strengths and traits are personality patterns associated with Four Human Needs:

Human Need # 1: Safety & Significance

The Wisdom Quadrant contains traits that are associated with learning that improves the social status we need to keep ourselves safe and to excel in the world through intellectual means. One might refer to this group of traits as the human pattern of conscientiousness for the purpose of safety & harm avoidance(‍Cloninger‍). As we grow our minds in more expansive ways, our potential for contribution grows. It is through learning what serves our best interest that we create stability for ourselves and those around us. As we seek and increase knowledge, this is one way to increase our standing in the social order of things and this requires mind discipline, hard work and diligence. As our knowledge expands, our perspective expands and we are better able to filter out the noise and focus on what interests us most. When we focus on learning, we increase our ability to problem solve and troubleshoot, thus improving our successful analysis of what comes into our field of perception. We can focus on what matters most to us and accomplish expertise and specialization.

Conversely, when we feel that we are inferior to others intellectually or in terms of social status, we may have an over-compensated need for safety and significance that plays out in negative ways with others. For example, we may try to increase our credentials beyond reason in order to feel "better than" others when, in effect, we never feel as though we are "enough" so the goal is always just beyond our reach. We want to have the right degree (or several), the biggest house, the highest income, the biggest office or anything that indicates intellectual prowess and status above others.

When we become conscious of this never-ending tactic of trying to fill the hole of "not enough", only then can we have the power to grasp that we can stop comparing ourselves to others and learn to appreciate our own mind and efforts for their own sake. Deciding "I am enough for me" has the effect of healing my inner opinion of myself and integrates the traits that may be over-compensating in this category. (over-used worry, avoidance of emotion, hard driving discipline, etc.)

Human Need # 2: Power & Autonomy

The Courage Quadrant contains traits that are associated with action that advances our individual autonomy and power in the world so that we survive an unfriendly environment. One might refer to this group of traits as the human pattern of persistence in the service of moral justice (‍Cloninger)‍. As we grow our physical prowess in relation to others, our potential to survive and thrive in a dangerous and unknown environment increases. It is through honing instinctual character strength to sense and combat threats outside us that we overcome our human vulnerability and come out on top of those who are weaker. This quadrant is about developing instinctual and primal ability to win competitions and battles that are a threat to our survival. One might say this is the most primitive of our capacities, but it is also the most developed capacity that serves as a bias toward what helps us sustain ourselves. With a developed set of courage character strengths, we can face the unknowns and uncertainties of life with confidence, boldness and integrity. One might say this category epitomizes Darwin's theory of survival of the fittest.

Conversely, when we feel less powerful and ineffectual than others by a perception that we are unable to exercise our autonomy, we may develop an over-compensated need for power and authority over others that play out in negative ways. For example, we may try to become dominating in various ways in order to feel powerful, when underneath, we are truly fearful of being taken advantage of by others. In effect, we feel powerlessness and this plays out in a way that comes across as bullying, judging or rebelling against others. When this happens, we may win the battle but others are put off by our pattern of dominance. Beating others is never the answer to solving this inner dilemma that is insatiable and will not fill the hole inside us that wants to control our own destiny.

When we become conscious of the need to dominate and then lose respect for those we are able to dominate, only then can we grasp the true power that lies within us. Like the Red Belt in Karate, we have the skills to compete and kill, but we don't have the power over ourselves to use that power wisely as only the Black Belt has learned. True power comes from harnessing the power within and restraining oneself from using power for the sake of domination. Deciding "I have control over myself" is the beginning of a true sense of autonomy and increases our sense of confidence to face the uncertainties with a quiet power that lives within.

Human Need # 3: Acceptance & Belonging

The Humanity Quadrant contains the traits that are associated with acceptance and belonging with other important people in our lives, in psychological terms referred to as reward dependence. This human need ensures that we survive by providing a community of support in an often unfriendly world where crisis and suffering exist. It is much easier to thrive when we feel supported and loved by others. One might refer to this group of traits as the human pattern of approval seeking in service of feeling valued or essential to the group. As we grow our compassion, empathy, likability and trustworthiness, we improve our chances of being supported when life's inevitable challenges unfold. This quadrant is about developing mutually supportive relationships that serve mutual purposes and provide for the collective power of the whole community (sum of the parts being greater than the one). One might say that this is yin to yang, gather to hunt and so on. Thus it is the balancing component to the courage quadrant traits. With a fully developed social community we are supported to build greater things than we could build alone. Through collaborative effort, we feel like we belong to a group and completely integrate our identify in connection within that group identify. We learn that we need one another in order to better the potential for all.

Conversely, when we feel less accepted and valued than others and therefore feel needy and operate from a fear of abandonment by the group, we may develop an over-compensated need for approval and dependence on others. This translates into flattery, martyring, self-deprecation and indulgence in order to get love and acceptance in return. The less we feel valued, the more we may try to get approval from outside of ourselves and make too much effort to be liked. This results in a fundamental abandonment of self where you begin to ignore your own needs and desires and give up your own autonomy and power to others. Getting approval from others is never the answer to value of oneself, so the loss it creates is repeated over and over.

When we become conscious of the self-sacrifice we are making and begin to form value inside ourselves for ourselves, only then do we begin to truly become accepted by others. By honoring oneself and holding strong on your convictions, you may lose a few friends, but you will gain respect from the group. The first step is tuning into your own desires and wants, so that you claim the right to have wants and express them. No one can be in integrity if they are trying to get everyone to like them. If you think everyone must like you, you are bound to end up on a roller coaster of disappointment. Those who stand for their own convictions are truly the ones we actually like the most, because they represent what is best in all of us when we are in alignment with our true nature.

Human Need # 4: Freedom and Novelty

The Resilience Quadrant contains the traits that are associated with freedom and novelty (novelty seeking), our human need for individuality and uniqueness. Everyone wants to feel special and this specialness is important to the differentiation of our identity. We want to be alike~but we really want to be different! This human need is most represented by creative expression of who we are and includes all of the quirks and imperfections of what it is to be human. This quadrant makes use of human creativity and imagination, so that all of us have our own way and our own voice in the world. Our unique genius that we contribute to the greater community. As we grow our individuality we develop the ideas that can come only from the unique combination of genetics and life experiences that combine to make us ourself. This quadrant is connected to finding the interests and ideas that excite us and to develop them into a vision or future state that only WE can imagine. And then bringing that vision to others. The human pattern of novelty seeking is an expression of the creative genius that lies within each of us. It may be more pronounced in some than others, but we all have the capacity to bring our own perspective to the world through our own ideas and actions. The human spirit imagines...and then it brings forth a new reality!

Conversely, when we do not feel special or unique and feel good about that individuality, we may operate from fear and feel trapped by obliging the demands of others on us. If we don't feel free, then we may over-compensate for that lack of freedom by escapist behaviors. We may retreat from reality with superficial humor, with lofty fantasy, with substances that distract us from reality...anything to escape the pain of not feeling we are special and important to others. As we feel more and more stress it can unfold into anxiety and lack of responsibility, turning us into a wanderer who has no home or no community. We may exaggerate our own importance by professing it to others and becoming self-promoting in order to make up the void that is felt within. We may become eccentric and extreme in order to call attention to ourselves in a visible way. All of the antics all pointing to a soul that feels lost when alone.

But, when we become conscious of the fact that we are indeed just as special as anyone else and we stop comparing ourselves to others, we learn to value own own voice, our own contribution to the greater good and begin to come into congruence with our authentic nature. We allow ourselves to become close to others instead of pushing to single ourselves out to be different just for the sake of being different. We realize that everyone is indeed unique, not just us. We have have a role in the world, and no one is right. We are all important parts of the whole. When we find our own strong voice and express it wholeheartedly in the world, our uniqueness is not about defiance or persuasion, but instead, is about contributing to the greater good of all.

The Stress Flip Phenomenon

Human needs are there for a reason. They help us to survive and thrive in an often unfriendly and dangerous world. We are designed this way for a reason and we work out our purpose through taking a journey from Seeker, to Hero, to Healer to Sage. We must all be our own hero as we embark on the path of development to actualize our full potential. All of us get sick, we get tired, we get old. Some days we are simply not at our best. And when we are not, we may revert to old patterns. Or when we are particularly stressed, we may experience what is called a stress flip, from one extreme overcompensation to the other. For example, if I over-use traits in Humanity in order to get approval for too long, I may eventually begin to feel like a doormat to others (when actually my own choice and behavior is inviting them to take advantage). If this goes on too long, I may eventually have a stress flip and get angry, taking me to the extreme of the other quadrant where we exhibit the over-used traits of the opposite quadrant. (See Whole-Person Model). The key it to learn to be more self-aware and catch ourselves quicker when this occurs, and choose to get back into balance with our true self and reality. Then we can stay in "the zone" for longer periods of time and contribute more creatively to the world.

About the 12 Tilt Personas Bookmark

Introduction:

The twelve Tilt Personas or characters fall into four main categories, each with a distinctly different development goal for the identity.

The Tiltology Persona Map illustrates the evolution of the 12 personas in our identity as we become more balanced and conscious.

NOTE: To access detailed information on the persona Tilts, you will need to purchase our Tiltology book.

The 3 Seeker Tilts:
Goal: To find answers and meaning.

The Ideator
The Visionary
The Inventor

The 3 Hero Tilts:
Goal: To protect those who are vulnerable.

The Champion
The Explorer
The Guardian

The 3 Sage Tilts:
Goal: To find the truth that will help us feel safe.

The Investigator
The Scholar
The Architect


The 3 Healer Tilts:
Goal: To heal the pain in the world through support.

The Entertainer
The Humanitarian
The Counselor
 

About The 12 Tilt Agilities Bookmark

About The 12 Tilt Agilities
Clarity- When Tilting in Clarity, it means to pause, reflect and prepare. Be still and tune in to values and work toward alignment before moving forward. Focused on the WHAT.

Character Strengths
Resulting Agilities
Trust
Builds Strong Relationships
Consideration
Thoughtful About Impact
Perspective
Practices Good Judgment
Focus
Attends to Priorities

Connection- When Tilting in Connection, it means to be open to changing trends by connecting expansively. Be open to learning and include or collaborate with key stakeholders in shaping the vision. Focused on the WHO.

Character Strengths
Resulting Agilities
Likability
Expands Social Influence
Consideration
Thoughtful About Impact
Openness
Insatiable Curiosity for Learning
Inspiration
Casts a Compelling Vision

Impact- When Tilting in Impact, it means you are ready for applied creativity and action. You are confident that the inventive solution or vision is compelling enough to create impact and momentum. Focused on the WHY.

Character Strengths
Resulting Agilities
Creativity
Designs Inventive Solutions
Inspiration
Casts a Compelling Vision
Confidence
Exudes Commanding Presence
Boldness
Willing to Face Risk
Structure- When Tilting in Structure, it means to plan and build an organized plan for execution that will be sustainable. You have a precise design or architecture of the process and accountabilities, so you can execute with diligence and integrity. Focused on the HOW.

Character Strengths
Resulting Agilities
Integrity
Serves as a Good Example
Boldness
Willing to Face Risk
Diligence
Effective at Execution
Focus
Attends to Priorities

Agile- When operating in EXPONENTIAL FLOW*, it means you are automatically moving into any of the Tilting patterns fluidly and rapidly as needed by the context. As the individual or team members operate in flow, the forward momentum builds upon itself in exponential speed and ease.

Character Strengths
Resulting Agilities
Creativity
Designs Inventive Solutions
Inspiration
Casts a Compelling Vision
Confidence
Exudes Commanding Presence
Boldness
Willing to Face Risk

6 Myths About Personality Bookmark

Tilt Introduces new paradigms for personality and trait theory.

Based on more than two decades of research, Tilt introduces new concepts that bust common myths about personality, trait theory and how it relates to energy, productivity and creativity.


Myth # 1: Your “Type” Is Who You Are.
New Paradigm: You're Not A Type. You Tilt.


Tiltology introduces a theory of personality and character development that extends well beyond simple typology. Old systems of typology can unwittingly encourage self-limiting beliefs that result in a self-imposed glass ceiling. Tilt operates from a belief that the human psyche is unimaginably creative, deeply complex and, therefore, not limited by a personality "type" but instead capable of adapting to a wide range of situations and contexts. In fact, people will naturally "tilt" in a variety ways, taking on collections of human patterns called personas, in response to the current demands of their specific environment. For example, when faced with a situation where someone we care about is in danger, a heroic persona may show up to help us rise to the challenge. This doesn't mean we are a hero all the time, just that we can become one if the context calls for it.


Myth # 2: Your Personality Is Who You Are.
New Paradigm: You're Much More Than Your Personality.


You are so much more than your personality. Underneath the many personas you might deploy in various contexts lies a true self that is the most essential part of your humanity. This true self is the part of you that is capable of being the OBSERVER of your personas in action. We designed True Tilt to identify your most automatic behavioral patterns that arise repeatedly because they have worked for you in the past. These patterns may characterize the ways you most commonly think, feel, and interact with the world around you but they do not necessarily limit who you become. In fact, your true self will emerge more clearly as you increase self-knowledge and become more aware of your tilting patterns. Tilt is a framework of organizing principles that can help you choose behaviors more consciously, allowing you to be at your best in a variety of contexts because you operate less from imagined fears and more from the strength of a centered true self.


Myth # 3: You Can't Change Your Personality.
New Paradigm: You Can Rewire Personality Patterns.


Personality is where you begin, but character is what you do with it. The new science of neurobiology has helped us learn about brain plasticity, which has shown us that we are far from being “wired for life”, and are designed to continuously adapt to new contexts. With Tilt, you'll quickly see that the development of traits and personal strengths that may not come naturally to you is not only possible, it is a means of supporting personal evolution and the ability to think at ever-increasing levels of complexity. This growth can happen naturally over time, but research supports that it can also be accelerated by increased self-knowledge. The key to eliminating counterproductive patterns is to become more self-aware and to make new choices that increase self-respect. The positive reinforcement that comes from increasing positive self-regard helps new desirable patterns stick and old undesirable patterns to dissolve.


Myth # 4: You Should "Fix" Your Weaknesses.
New Paradigm: There Are No Weaknesses, Only Overused Strengths.

The human psyche is designed for survival. Its innate complexity enables us to adapt to whatever environment we are born into. The more danger we encounter early on, the more we may tend to react in extremes that show up as overused personality traits and strengths. Worse yet, these extreme patterns can get wired into our automatic behavior patterns and over-react in situations that don't call for extreme measures. As such, those same overused traits that helped us in one setting can actually be counterproductive in another. For example, we may have come to rely on using attention-seeking behavior as a child to get what we needed from our parents, but now that same behavior may have become annoying to those we encounter at work. We first need to understand why the behavior exists and how it has served us, to then decide if the underlying issues or concerns that triggered it originally are relevant in the new setting.

Myth # 5: Creativity Is Determined By Your “Type”.
New Paradigm: You Are Creative By Natural Design.

Many people think that to be creative requires a certain type of personality. Not so. Since you have a brain, you are immensely creative simply by virtue of being human. Your brain is an amazing instrument of creative design that helps you survive diverse situations every day. Tilt serves to increase self-awareness about your natural tendencies, enabling you to tone down extreme patterns and evolve them into the balanced design that nature intended. When balanced, your identity can be your ally instead of your nemesis. As your self-knowledge grows, you will naturally move away from counterproductive patterns. This frees up precious energy that can be funneled into your top interests and creative work. Thus, with increased self-understanding comes increased capacity for creative endeavors of your choice.

Myth # 6: Changing For Others Will Result In Positive Influence.
New Paradigm: Positive Influence Comes From The Inside-Out.

The development of inner strength leads to powerful Leadership Presence and Positive Influence that enables rapid adaptation to complex environments. Personal development is crucial in an environment of extreme economic volatility, uncertainty, change, complexity and ambiguity (V.U.C.C.A.). Why? Because no single person can know enough to lead without others in such complex, dynamic times. Knowing when to lead and when to share leadership with someone else (who has more expertise) is mission critical to success today. Perhaps more importantly, sharing power or status with others requires a solid sense of self-regard that enables calm presence despite a climate of uncertainty and risk. This kind of personal evolution creates lasting growth, achievement and personal fulfillment because it flows from your true self.

12 Core Character Strengths Bookmark

Introduction

The Tilt system is a character-strengths-based theory for the development of positive self-concept which, in turn, generates positive influence with others. The system measures both self-perceived character strengths and feedback from others about how those character strengths (or lack thereof) show up in relationships with others. The system measures four specific categories of character strengths that make up whole-person identity. When these character strengths are developed in a balanced way, they create a balanced sense of self that can solve problems with whole-brain thinking. When out of balance (due to a perceived set of unmet needs) the self-concept can become distorted and biased toward getting those needs met by others. What results is a distorted sense of self that is not experienced as "whole" and therefore seeks to become whole through getting needs met by others. This creates a self-defeating, insatiable quest to get self-esteem from others. For example, if I do not accept myself, then I may seek to get acceptance from others in a way that is excessive and comes across as needy. This creates drama, confusion, stress and chaos in relationships. On the other hand, if one develops a strong sense of self that includes ALL FOUR sets of character strengths that keep the identity in balance, then relationship happen with balance and flow.

Character & Character Strengths

Character: The definition of Character is "the mental and moral qualities distinctive to an individual" or stated another way it's the "strength and originality of a person's nature". In essence, its how you are experienced by others and relates to that experience being either negative or positive by the observer. This is what the Tilt 365 web app measures. It is a mirror back to you regarding how you are being experienced by others. Right or wrong, their views may matter to you especially if you have been careful to invite observers who matter to your life and career.

Character Strengths: The definition of character strengths is "the quality or state of being strong" or a more specific definition is "the emotional or mental qualities necessary for dealing with situations or events that are distressing or difficult". (Note: This is distinct from physical strengths which are included in the category of "abilities" when describing human behavior).

Development of Character Strengths: The development of character strengths is therefore related to the development, natural or intentional, of emotional and mental capacities that help us to cope with and deal effectively with stress, difficulty and life challenges. Distinct from personality traits, character traits and character strengths are developed to help us operate from a well-rounded sense of strength when challenges come our way. When developed (actualized) to a high level, character strengths (and the resulting strong self-concept) helps us to operate with grace, even under the worst of circumstances. In the Tilt 365 system, there are four kinds of emotional or mental strengths that come together to create a solid and grounded sense of self that is balanced, conscious, creative and inspired. They are contained in the four quadrants of the Tilt System, as follows:

WISDOM: Cognitive Character Strengths

Perspective
Practicing logical judgment.
Commendable Traits - Virtues
Underdeveloped Traits
Overused Traits
Focus
Concentrating on the priorities.
Commendable Traits - Virtues
Underdeveloped Traits
Overused Traits
Diligence
Executing work effectively.
Commendable Traits - Virtues
Underdeveloped Traits
Overused Traits


HUMANITY: Social Character Strengths

Likability
Creating a fun work climate.
Commendable Traits - Virtues
Underdeveloped Traits
Overused Traits
Empathy
Attending to potential impact.
Commendable Traits - Virtues
Underdeveloped Traits
Overused Traits
Trust
Connecting in an authentic way.
Commendable Traits - Virtues
Underdeveloped Traits
Overused Traits


COURAGE: Instinctual Character Strengths

Integrity
Setting a good example in actions.
Commendable Traits - Virtues
Underdeveloped Traits
Overused Traits
Boldness
Conveying an ability to take risk.
Commendable Traits - Virtues
Underdeveloped Traits
Overused Traits
Confidence
Conveying believable competence.
Commendable Traits - Virtues
Underdeveloped Traits
Overused Traits


RESILIENCE: Philosophical Character Strengths

Creativity
Conveying imagination in ideas.
Commendable Traits - Virtues
Underdeveloped Traits
Overused Traits
Inspiration
Conveying belief in a positive future.
Commendable Traits - Virtues
Underdeveloped Traits
Overused Traits
Openness
Adapting to new learning.
Commendable Traits - Virtues
Underdeveloped Traits
Overused Traits

What's Your True Tilt? Bookmark

Introduction

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?

Self-Transcendence

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

What is the science of Tiltology? Bookmark

Tiltology is the study of 12 sets of Tilt Personas or "character tilts" that live within us all and "want to come alive" through the journey of our psychological development. The exact trajectory of this journey is completely unique to each person and can be chronicled and measured through a new "live" web app called Tilt 365. Supported by a worldwide coaching network, Tilt Practitioners are there to help people along this personal development journey to expand positive influence and help people become "Contributors" instead of "Takers". Most of us are unaware of the ways we "take" from others to fulfill unconscious unmet needs that often shape our behavior. A common quote you'll hear in Tilt classes is "Do you have your personality?....or does IT have you?"

Tiltology: A New Personality Theory for a New Age of Wisdom

Yes, we all start with certain personality preferences that become our life script for much of our life if we stay unconscious to the patterns we project into the world. These patterns can become a self-fulfilling prophecy and produce a life and outcomes that mirror the early beliefs we record about ourselves. Yet if we take charge and choose to become conscious of these patterns and learn about the four Tilting Patterns that exists in all of us to varying extremes, we have a chance to align with our true self, become more balanced and self-directed and can change the course of our life in exponential ways. This requires an intentional choice by each of us as individuals. To become balanced, conscious, creative and inspired by our own life purpose can be the single most important game changer in life.

In order to actualize our full potential, it helps to engage others to become a "witness to our lives" and invite them to be the mirror of "who we are being in the world" so our blind spots are revealed to us one by one. Tilt 365 gives us a way to accelerate that development and catalyze change more quickly. As we invite people we trust to become observers of our patterns, we can learn about what we are projecting into the world. Then we can change in a more focused and intentional way. Not to please others but to fulfill our own most important development goal...to achieve a sense of wholeness and fulfillment that allows us to be our real selves no matter where we are and no matter what happens around us. This kind of character and sense of self does not happen by accident. It happens by personal choice and tenacity acquired through a commitment to daily practices that anchor our sense of self in four important identity development objectives: self-aceptance, self-respect, self-value and self-regard. And when we feel good about ourselves from the inside-out, we are able to interact better with others on the outside. We become contributors to those around us and they are inspired to be themselves too.

Self-Fulfilling Prophecy & Self-Awareness & Openness to Continuous Learning

Our emotional and mental capacity for being balanced is key to the Tilt 365 system and theory of personality development & character. Why? Because we know that the brain looks for what will protect us and creates synapses in our brain that are called heuristics. These rules of thumb may accurately reflect reality OR THEY MAY NOT in which case, our mental capacity to expand our learning is critical to development of more expansive potential. For example, if my first three experiences of interacting with men with a mustache are all negative experiences, then my brain may record this data and hence forward will look for validation of this rule of thumb that is designed to keep me safe and I may recoil or withdraw whenever I encounter a man with a mustache. Yet, three pieces of data in the real world, do not equate to a trend that can be trusted or relied upon statistically, right? After all, it could simply have been a coincidence that I had these three experiences early in my life.

In order to stay open to a larger set of data to form conclusions, my brain would do better to remain open to new learnings that might dispute the first heuristic recorded in my neural networks. They key is to grow our intellectual capacity over time to allow for openness to learning what may benefit us, despite our first experiences. This ability to form quick hueristics is very valuable to rapid learning. We are like a huge sponge when we are young, learning exponentially to navigate a complex world. Indeed, touching a hot stove will hurt us and it's good to be able to learn this the first time. Other situations are not so back and white and require us to grow in discernment over time, while staying open to being wrong at times.

Self-Awareness is the Key

Yet, this capacity can also limit our potential if we don't learn about how the brain patterns in our subconscious memory work. About 88% of what we learn becomes subconscious memory because we can only keep so much information in our conscious awareness at any given time. Therefore the brain is simply being efficient when it records our experiences for future reference in our long term memory, pulling it back out only when patterns emerge that call for application. This is why continuous learning is so crucial to developing beyond your originally recorded belief systems. We ask others to support our self-awareness only because so much of what we do is old programming and we are unaware of it. Having trusted observers is essential to our growth and untapped potential.

The Continuous Learning Loop

Our growth is dependent on our ability to stay open to learning versus reliance on a system of beliefs that may be antiquated as the external world around us evolves and changes over time. Our old beliefs may have helped us survive our family of origin, but they may do quite the opposite in new systems we encounter that have very different dynamics. For example, if I had a bad experience in my teens with a good friend who betrayed a trust, then I may carry a deeply ingrained belief that good friends cannot be trusted. This would be an overgeneralization (a distorted thinking pattern) that may not be true for ALL good friends in my future. If I were to rely on this emotionally distorted belief for life, I might never be capable of forming deep friendships with those than I can generally trust and this would be life-limited in an important way. Just because one friend, or even two appear to have betrayed my trust, this is not sound reasoning to apply to everyone I meet in my future. Yet, the emotional centers of the brain have recorded an emotional record (memory) of this experience that is emotionally charged, so it becomes a trigger for me to withdraw and withhold trust. If someone behaves in similar ways, even remotely, the trigger of warning will go off in my brain and stimulate a fear-response. Yet, as you my guess, this fear-response might not be called for in every circumstance. Every person on the planet is unique, so applying such rules of thumb to ALL friends is not in our service. For this reason, we should NOTICE the trigger and inner response we have to some friends, but be alert to finding out if our old experience applies to this new experience. Some call this the Self-Imposed Glass Ceiling (see visual below). We can unwittingly limit our experiences and potential by giving too much credence to our old self-limiting beliefs. Therefore, we must keep a continuous learning loop open all the time for new experiences and learn not to shut down all systems when we encounter a trigger event.

The Self-Imposed Glass Ceiling

Some might call this phenomenon the fear of success. Others call it the Upper Limit Problem (Gay Hendricks). This phenomenon presents when things are going so well that your psyche intuits that you are going to have to break some old barriers and move beyond them. You are ready to grow, your mind is reaching a capacity beyond your current performance and yet, there are underlying warning triggers telling your gut to be careful. The brain likes to rely on heuristics, or rules of thumb that have been recorded concerning your old environment that were recorded based on your own limited experiences. So, if your outer world did not change, these warning mechanisms might be very accurate warning systems. However, when you are ready to grow beyond them, your thinking and intuitions must operate from higher levels of thinking than those that were recorded if you are to break through to new levels of potential. The key is to stay alert and know what those warnings are trying to tell you, while boldly moving forward to test their theories against a new environment, new encounters and new lessons. The only way to achieve transcending growth to actualize your full potential is to break these old self-limiting beliefs and form new ones. Trusting the ever-increasing wisdom inside you can help you move beyond the emotive reactions to the past.

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