The Nature of PsychoGeometrics
Jungian Archetypes would suggest that we should find PsychoGeometrics® as recurring patterns in Nature. If so, these patterns should also reflect the key drivers of PsychoGeometric Styles.
Cubes – the three dimensional box – are strongly represented in Geology, a Life Science I adore. They appear in Nature as a structural building block, reflecting the psychological preference for order, structure, and mathematical precision. As always there are some excellent articles on Wikipedia: Cubic Crystal System and Diamond Cubic.
Triangles are manifest in the behaviours of many birds in flight. The V formation focuses on greater efficiency, speed, and results – classical triangular traits. In a formation of 25 birds, drag (for all but the leader) is reduced by 65%, giving a 71% increase in range. Interestingly, the system only works when combined with the circular strategy of rotating the lead position – hammering home the key psychogeometric message that you are never exclusively one shape. Psychological health comes from a combination of shapes. I stress here that Dr Susan Dellinger’s PsychoGeometrics® is primarily portrayed as a model for Communication Styles – rather than Psychological Types.
There are many Circular Strategies in Nature. My favourite is used by the Mighty Musk Oxen to protect their young from predators. Those strong in the Circle Communication and Behavioural Style use exactly this behaviour in organisations. When their team members are threatened, they close the circle protectively around the vulnerable members, preparing to repel invaders!
And, of course, there are a few squiggles in Nature…
The Squiggle is the natural pattern or strategy for flow – whether that be the flow of water, air across a varied landscape, or the energy of electricity in the lightning bolt. Fascinatingly, the Squiggle is usually in motion and fleeting. I know I’m challenging to deal with for some of my clients (and friends) because the flow is either there or not – and not always at the most convenient time. But, when it is there, it is dynanic and a force of Nature to be reckoned with!
Remember, you can always choose + change the shape you’re in!