Each "I Opt" strategic style has an information retention bias "built-in." This occurs because each style has particular input-output preferences. You cannot remember something you did not pay attention to or experiences you did not have. "I Opt" strategic style elections govern both of these conditions.

Structured styles (Logical Processor [LP] and Hypothetical Analyzer [HA]) use logic as a primary navigation tool. Logic works with objective, definable data. Logic also uses a defined network of connections to "think through" issues. People using these styles will tend to remember things that "fit" into this structure. Thus, the LP and HA will tend to remember facts, specifics and details of an event. They will also be good at relating these things to other matters that occurred in connection with the establishment of the memory.

Unpatterned styles (Reactive Stimulator [RS] and Relational Innovator [RI]) use loose association methods rather than rigid logic. Their attention centers on the central aspects of input (relative to the issue being addressed.) Facts and details tend to be ignored. Things that are ignored cannot be remembered. What will be stored in memory are the general characteristics (e.g., category, major aspects, general conditions, etc.) of the issue as they were interpreted.

Since everyone must have all four strategic styles available to navigate life, everyone will have elements of all four styles within their behavioral repertoire. However, the stronger the dominant style, the more closely will the behavior exhibited resemble the memory outlined above.

Gary Salton

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