People can experience negative self-judgment based on their "I Opt" strategic pattern. This happens where the implied goals of one style in a strategic pattern work in opposition with the goals of the other strategic style component. The result is a depreciation of the "self". Comments like "I am no good", "I can't do anything right" or "I'm dumb" can typify this outcome.

Self-judgment can influence the kinds of work people will undertake, the goals that they hold in doing work and their susceptibility to frustration. Knowing the source of their internal conflict can help people rationally assess the condition. This, in turn, can limit emotional damage. This kind of conflict is structural and will not disappear. However, recognizing it as a structural outcome means that people can assign it to a rational cause and not to a personal shortcoming.

An example may help illustrate the condition. The Reactive Stimulator (RS) strategic style values speed of resolution. The Logical Processor (LP) strategic style values certainty of outcome and precision. The combination of RS/LP produces the Performer strategic pattern. This pattern is of high value where actual completion is prime determinant of "success."

An individual using a Performer Pattern may stress its' RS component in a particular situation. Here precision (i.e., quality) is sacrificed for speed. If the LP style component of the pattern is strong the person is likely to see the lack of quality. This can become the basis for negative self-judgment. Of course, the same thing can happen in reverse. The precision of the LP necessarily sacrifices speed of completion valued by the RS.

The same condition can apply to other patterns. This is because the implied goals of adjacent styles can contradict each other. If the person is strong in both strategic styles that make up the pattern, a basis for unnecessary self-criticism is created.

Gary Salton

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