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ELEMENT 3: SYNTAX

The word "syntax" refers to a system of orderly arrangement. In logic, the term "syntax" refers to the study of various kinds of signs that occur in a system and the possible arrangement of those signs. The Relational Thinking Styles Model is comprised of three distinct elements (categories, action patterns, and points of experience), each having independent sets of signs and specific syntactical relationships within each and among all of the elements.

In the context of the Relational Thinking Styles theoretical model, the term "syntax" applies to the relative influence of each category (sequence, intensity, and duration) upon the performance of particular patterns of actions. In the context of the application of this model to the activities of purposeful behavior, syntax refers to the particular patterns of action as they affect the activities of qualifying, prioritizing, and producing outcomes. In the diagram below, you can see the element of syntax as it applies to the categories.

As you will see in the next chart, three of the five syntactical patterns in this theory have one category that governs the rest; only one (the least complex) does not. By the term govern, we mean that the pattern of actions taken within one of the categories directs the actions within the others. Sometimes, actions taken within one category will drive another, and the actions taken within in that second category will drive the third. Other times, actions taken within one category will drive both of the others. 

With one exception, no category is in operation without some sort of impact from the other two. We are always dealing with aspects of time, space and energy whenever we're undergoing a conscious experience.  This model describes the ways in which differing individuals might arrange and deal with these categories.

The following chart describes the syntactical structure of each of the five ways that the categories are utilized in the course of qualifying, prioritizing and producing. The legend preceding the chart identifies the meaning of symbols as we are using them here.

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