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Developed by the philosopher and author Ken Wilber, Integral Theory is a superhistory or metatheory that attempts to explain how the most tested methodologies, and the experiences that those methodologies bring forward, are embedded in a coherent way. The pragmatic correlate of integral theory is a series of social practices called Integral Methodological Pluralism (IMP). The personal application of AQAL is called Integral Life Practice (ILP). "AQAL" (which stands for "all quadrants, all levels, all lines, all states, all types") is often used interchangeably with the integral Theory, the integral approach, the integral map , the integral model and the integral operating system (IOS).
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As in the four quadrants, which represent four fundamental dimensions of all individual holons: the inside and the outside of the individual and collective. These are designated as the upper left (inner-individual), upper right (external-individual), lower left (internal-collective) and lower right (external-collective). The quadrants correspond with "I", "We", "It" and "Its", which are often summarized as the Big Three: "I", "We" and "It / s." The Big Three are related, though not identical to, the spheres of value of Art, morals and science, and with Plato's value judgments of Good, True and Beautiful. The 8 zones refer to the inside and outside of the four quadrants.
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A level is a general measure of superior and inferior. While the terms "structures", "stages" and "waves" are sometimes vaguely used to refer to "levels", each term has its own important nuances. Each specific level has a real structure. Levels tend to take place in a sequence and then progress through phases. Finally, the levels are not rigidly separated from each other, but they are rather fluid and overlapping waves. In short, levels are abstract measures that represent classes of fluid but qualitatively distinct recurring patterns within the development lines. Some examples include egocentric, ethnocentric, worldcentric, planetcentric and Kosmocentric
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Relatively independent flows or capacities that proceed through development levels. Howard Gardner's theory of multiple intelligences is an example of the study of evolutionary lines. There are tests for over a dozen lines of development, including cognitive, moral, self-identity, aesthetics, kinesthetic, linguistics, music and mathematics. Integral theory generally classifies these lines according to one of these three types: cognitive lines (as studied by Jean Piaget, Robert Kegan, Kurt Fischer, etc.); self-related lines (for example, morals, personal identities, needs, etc.); and skills or talents (eg musical skills, kinesthetic skills, introspective skills). Cognitive development is necessary but not sufficient for development in self-related lines and appears to be necessary for most capacities.
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The states are transitory and temporary aspects of the phenomena found in all four quadrants. In the High Left, for example, there are the three great natural states of waking, dream and deep dreamless sleep; meditative states; and peak experiences (which can be accessed from virtually any level of development). Other examples of states include brain states in the Upper Right; cultural states (eg, mass hysteria) in the lower left; and the weather conditions in the lower right part.
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Horizontal styles available at any level of development within the quadrants. Examples of types include Myers-Briggs, Enneagram, male and female in the Upper Left; body types in the upper right corner; cultural types in the lower left; and types of biomes in the lower right corner.
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But this conversation does not concern only "integral thought".
It is also about integral thought – that is, the kind of thinking that produces things like the integral model in the first place.
See how Ken and Corey explore some of the main qualities of integral thought in the "logic of vision" or "aware of the construct" <span class = "glossaryLink" data-cmtooltip = "
A term used to emphasize the sequential deployment of development levels. See the levels
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And make sure you stay tuned next week when Ken and Corey explore the three most important principles of integral thinking!
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The sum total of dynamically dissociated first-person impulses or disowned aspects of oneself. The shadow can manifest itself in many ways, one of which is projection. When a person denies and projects their negative qualities onto other people, he ends up with "shadow boxing" with others. And when a person denies and projects his own positive qualities on other people, he ends up "embracing the shadow".
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