RELATIONAL THINKING STYLES: THEORETICAL MODEL
ELEMENT 1: THE CATEGORIES
The category of "intensity" in this model refers to the degree of concentration that an individual expends upon the confrontation of alternatives. The highest intensity level from this perspective does not reflect the degree of focus or concentration that a person uses for completing a particular goal or task, but rather the degree to which an individual habitually considers possibilities in the course of formulating a goal. Thus, a high degree of intensity reflects the high degree of mental energy with which an individual considers options, while a low degree of intensity reflects either random acceptance of a variety of options--or else arbitrary selection and rejection among options to achieve a tightly formed goal.
The category of "duration" refers to the pattern of time use by which an individual habitually engages in purposeful activity. Duration, as we are using it here, does not refer to the actual amount of time that an activity requires (or the time it takes a person to complete an activity). On the contrary, duration reflects the way in which an individual habitually uses time (predictably/unpredictably; evenly, erratically, etc.) when undergoing a purposeful activity, regardless of how long or how brief the actual time.
The category of "sequence" has two distinct aspects: "order" and "direction." Order refers to the habitual mental order by which a thought is addressed (i.e. series, parallel, analog, relational). Direction refers to the habitual direction of thought from or toward a point of reference (i.e. forward, backward, lateral, splayed, multi-directional.)
Syntactical arrangements within the categories:
The possible arrangements of the signs that represent each of the categories are expressed according to the "priority" and "combination" of each of these categories as expressed for each style. "Priority" refers to which (if any) category governs the performance of the others. "Combination" refers to the specific categories that are included for each style.