Every one of us is geared to view the world from a different perspective and to participate differently in the world. These basic gears are driven by our innate unchanging values. They focus our energies in certain directions, cause us to see and judge the world in different ways, and result in different kinds of strategies for similar situations. We are motivated to act the way we do because we are geared to act that way by our innate Core Values Nature™.
As adaptive creatures we also learn to rely more on one set of values than another, either due to the success and comfort that has come to us through this strategy, or by adapting different strategies, shifting to different a Core Value Strategy™ in response to negative emotions and fear of harm.
Lessons from Childhood
We become slightly or significantly warped away from our most natural self. This is caused by the responses we attract to ourselves in our early attempts to live life the way we were geared to live it in an environment that is controlled by the older people upon whom we are dependent as children.
We call this the “environmental warping of natural dispensation.” In other words, we all get a little warped by our childhood experiences. When the actions and strategies of one of our value sets is encouraged by parents, teachers, and siblings, we learn to rely more on that value set, whether it is our dominant, secondary, or minor value set.
When our actions that arise from one of our core values elicit negative responses, emotional pain, or abuse, we learn to shift into a different Core Value Strategy for safety and acceptance.
Defining Our Core Values
This doesn’t change who we are; it changes only our willingness to live the way we are geared to live in certain situations. These adjustments to our basic dispensations warp us into a fear-based personality. It is at the behavioral and personality level that psychometric profile systems historically work. The Core Values Index develops a clear picture of each person’s Real Core Values Self, a unique recipe of Spiritual Core Values™.
We have, each one of us, an essential inner nature which is instinctive, intrinsic, given, natural, i.e., with an appreciable hereditary determinant, and which tends to strongly persist….This inner core shows itself as natural inclinations, propensities, or inner bent. That authentic selfhood can be defined in part by knowing what one is fit for and not fit for. – Abraham Maslow
The Core Values Index creates an accurate picture of each person’s Core Values Nature, which includes a unique set of strategic and tactical values that align with one of the four core values: power, love, wisdom, and knowledge.
Most people have values that align more with two of the core values than with the other core values. We call these preferred values our dominant and secondary core values. We call the third level value the tertiary and the fourth level the minor core value.
We have found that most people operate most of the time in alignment with their dominant and secondary values. This is the part of their person in which they carry the most emotional commitment, the part that prescribes how they are geared to generate their successes.
As a general rule, the closer a person comes to holding equal value in all four quadrants, the more likely he is to exhibit behavioral characteristics founded in all four core values.
Article Source: Taylor Protocols