The Triadic Functionality of Human Conscious Intelligence

Human Conscious Intelligence

The following synthesis includes an excerpt from Peter Belohlavek´s discoveries and research works that are published with the permission of the author.

This is a synthesis of the conclusions of the research on human intelligence that began in 1976. The final goal of the research was to find the intelligence that allows people to adapt to an environment, develop strategies to generate value, and find how the evolution of intelligence can be stimulated. The research was triggered by the experiences of the author with wise people and people with extremely high intellectual quotients, and by experiencing that wisdom was not driven by a high IQ. The research was focused on understanding intelligence as a unified field and finding a way to enhance the functionality of conscious intelligence. 


Intelligence is defined as the product of human brain functionality that enables adaptation to the environment. The research on intelligence, conducted by Peter Belohlavek at The Unicist Research Institute, involved monitoring the evolution of 102 individuals, including 9 with high IQs. Among these, 71 were monitored for more than 10 years, and 31 for more than 20 years. This research led to the identification of three distinct types of intelligence: conscious intelligence, genetic intelligence, and collective intelligence. Additionally, it revealed the concept of anti-intelligence, which enables individuals to benefit from their environment without adapting to it.

  • Conscious intelligence allows adapting to the environment which requires having the knowledge of the concepts of what is being managed. It is based on the use of value-adding ethical intelligence, the complemented strategic intelligence styles, and the complemented types of logical thought. This intelligence is functional to influence the environment while being influenced by it. It is the internal “tool” for strategy building.

  • Genetic intelligence uses reactive intelligence (IQ, EQ, Speed of Resilience) and natural functional and interpersonal intelligence to deal with the environment. It is sustained by the use of surviving or value-earning ethical intelligence and the use of non-complemented strategic intelligence and types of logical thought. It is the functional intelligence for over-adaptive behavior where no strategic approaches are needed. Genetic intelligence is based on a dualistic approach that is functional in non-adaptive environments and sustains dominant, submissive, and oppositional behaviors.

  • Collective intelligence is the integration of the ontointelligence individuals have and the social intelligence included in the archetype of a culture that establishes the rules of interpersonal functionality. It works as a catalyst or inhibitor of individual intelligence depending on the environment and the matters that are being managed.  Collective intelligence establishes the functional rules that drive teamwork in a culture or specific environment.

  • Anti-intelligence, which is given by compulsive automatisms that are driven by analogical intelligence, is based on judging by the appearance of things and is sustained by an appropriative ethical intelligence. Anti-intelligence is fully unconscious and is used to manipulate. It is functional to take advantage of the environment. It becomes extremely dysfunctional in the environment when the users have a high IQ.

The Structure of Conscious Intelligence

Human intelligence works with the triadic structure of the intelligence that underlies nature. The adaption process of humans is sustained by the ontointelligence that drives the intentions of individuals, the reactive intelligence that drives the reactions of individuals to the stimuli of the environment, and the active intelligence that drives the functionality of the actions necessary to adapt.

The process of intelligent conscious behavior begins with the definition of the intentions of the individual that are defined by ethical intelligence. Unconscious intentions or automatisms cannot drive conscious behavior.


Ontointelligence is necessary to manage reality as a unified field. This is necessary when dealing with complex adaptive systems. The basic function of ontointelligence is to emulate the external reality in mind to be able to manage it. The purpose of emulation is the construction of a mental model that has to be homologous, in functional terms, with the external reality that intends to be influenced. Ontointelligence provides the framework for abductive reasoning.

Reactive Intelligence

The reactive intelligence is driven by the emotional intelligence that defines and controls the purpose of the reactive behavior that it materialized in rational actions driven by the IQ. The entropy inhibitor of reactive intelligence is the capacity to overcome frustration, named “speed of resilience. It”defines the timing of the actions that drive the success of the use of this intelligence. Reactive intelligence provides the framework for inductive reasoning.

Active Intelligence

Active intelligence is managed by the concepts individuals have that drive their actions. It is transformed into functional actions by the necessary functional intelligence while the entropy inhibitor is given by the intra-personal intelligence that allows emulating the external reality in mind. Active intelligent provides the framework for deductive reasoning.

Reactive intelligence and active intelligence are integrated by the ontointelligence that defines the roots of intelligent adaptive behaviors.

Conscious intelligence is based on the development of the complemented strategic intelligence and the complemented types of thought that allow adapting to the environment. Therefore, to understand ontointelligence is required to define the necessary complementations that need to be developed to make adaptiveness possible.

The Triadic Unified Field of Conscious Intelligence

The triadic structure of conscious intelligence integrates ontointelligence, reactive intelligence, and active intelligence to define, implement and monitor adaptive actions in the environment.

Ontointelligence is the deepest intelligence humans have and allows apprehending the nature of things to better adapt to the environment.

The purpose of conscious intelligence is to drive the adaptive process of an individual. This implies emulating reality in mind, defining the actions in the environment, and ensuring that they achieve the objectives that were established.

The final objectives are established by ethical intelligence that defines the intentions behind the actions, drives the influence on the environment, establishes the focus of actions, allows defining a strategic approach, and allows managing time and the timing of actions.

Strategic intelligence materializes the goals established by ethical intelligence and transforms them into processes that allow managing the implicit conflicts that occur when the environment is being influenced and the conflicts produced by the influence of the environment.

The logical type of thought defines the depth of thinking processes that allows managing the different levels of foundations beginning with access to the empirical groundings.

Reactive Intelligence: The Maximal Strategy

Maximal strategies allow expanding the boundaries of the field of action. It requires being able to react properly when the existing boundaries are surpassed.

The emotional quotient drives the relationship between the individual and the environment. It allows establishing operational goals and managing the operational unified field integrating the objectives of the individual and the possibilities of the environment.

The intellectual quotient allows apprehending the relations among the elements of reality that can be recognized based on existing knowledge. The IQ allows defining the systemic structure of reality when the boundaries are closed and allows defining univocal cause-effect relations.

Action beyond boundaries necessarily produces conflicts that generate frustrations. The overcoming of frustrations defines the speed of resilience that is necessary to react on time to the actions or reactions of the environment. This timing defines the success of the actions driven by the EQ and materialized by the IQ.

Active Intelligence: The Minimum Strategy

Active intelligence is driven by the concepts individuals have. The Individuals  actions are driven by the concepts they have, which might be functional or dysfunctional.

To ensure the functionality of a concept, the individual uses functional intelligence that allows dealing with different aspects of reality. The discovery that there are multiple intelligences and the detection of these functions is based on the actions of individuals, that allow defining the intelligence that is needed to generate results.

The functionality is sustained by the intrapersonal and interpersonal links individuals establish. Intrapersonal intelligence allows apprehending and managing the concepts of reality while interpersonal intelligence sustains the relationships with people and roles in the environment.

Concepts can be apprehended and managed when the functionality and the bonds are managed. The management of concepts is the complement needed to ensure that the goals established by ethical intelligence can be achieved.

Ontointelligence: The Root of Conscious Intelligence

Ontointelligence is necessary to manage reality as a unified field. This is necessary when dealing with complex adaptive systems. The basic function of ontointelligence is to emulate the external reality in mind to be able to manage it. The purpose of emulation is the construction of a mental model that has to be homologous, in functional terms, with the external reality that intends to be influenced.

Human Ontointelligence

It determines the individual’s capacity to apprehend the underlying concept in a complex situation.

This is necessary to assume the responsibility for producing results when managing a complex problem.

It is characterized and measured by:

  • Ethical Intelligence: the functionality of the individual’s “rules”.
  • Strategic Intelligence: the way an individual faces the reality to which s/he seeks to adapt.
  • Type of logical thinking: the individual’s mind mechanism used to solve the problems related to his adaptation to the environment.

No subordinate, opponent, or dominant individual can apprehend a unified field. This is a restriction posed by the individual’s own mind.

Operating in a unified field of a certain reality calls for a previous capacity to apprehend such unified field.

Even though the unified field of a given reality includes its most abstract aspects; there is no chance to actually apprehend it if it does not encompass its most concrete aspects as well.

When the understanding of a unified field exceeds the possibilities of an individual, it is necessary to divide it into its subsystems or objects.

Operation is the demonstration that one has apprehended the essence of a given reality.

The term “wisdom” stems from “the ability to do”.

Ontointelligence, Adaptiveness, and Personal Strategies

It can be said that the level of ontointelligence an individual has defines her/his adaptiveness, which is acted out by the strategic capacity. It has to be considered that the use of ontointelligence is only possible if, at a level of reactive and active intelligence, the individual found a functional place in the environment.

Ontointelligence allows individuals to apprehend the nature of the environment they are dealing with and defines their adaptive behavior. Adaptiveness, as the purpose of human intelligence, is defined by the capacity of individuals to influence the environment in order to achieve an objective while being influenced by it.

1) Ethical Intelligence

Ethical intelligence is the intelligence that structures stable and dynamic rules that determine the action of individuals in their environment. It determines their capacity to add value, their influence on the environment and on others and their time management.

On the one hand, the rules are stable since they respond to a purpose that is defined by the level of ethics within which the individual acts.

On the other hand, the rules are dynamic, because, despite the fact that individuals are at a certain level, they are capable of determining alternative strategies that satisfy the objective they are seeking within that level.

Ethics is defined as a set of rules that are functional to a situation and to a certain perception of an accepted moral and are supported by a complementary ideology.

Five levels of ethics have been found that sustain the behavior of individuals:

  • Ethics of survival
  • Ethics of the earned value
  • Ethics of added value
  • Ethics of foundations
  • Conceptual ethics

The higher the level of ethical intelligence, the higher the level of consciousness an individual needs to have.

2) Strategic Intelligence

Strategic intelligence establishes the individual’s approach to reality. Strategic intelligence operates as a strategic style. Strategic intelligence defines the natural approach to managing conflicts. Therefore it defines the natural structures to deal with reality when an adaptation is required.

Strategic intelligence is conditioned by the individual’s goals in life. Everyone has a natural goal and, when having achieved maturity in some field, acts complemented with others in order to face a conflict. Nevertheless, if the situation is overwhelming, individuals turn back to their natural intelligence without complementing others.

The discovery of human strategic intelligence was possible thanks to the research of the life histories of volunteers and the validation based on the history of 10 different battles and more than 30 commercial strategies of international organizations.

This discovery has a significant added value for those who develop personal, political, or commercial strategies. Understanding the strategic intelligence of those involved in strategic analysis increases the objectivity of the conclusions and increases the quality of the conclusions.

The knowledge of the strategic intelligence of competitor’s leaders makes the anticipation of their actions possible.

To develop their particular strategic intelligence, individuals have four possible roles in this structure.

  • The place of the freedom fighter
  • The place of the flank defendant
  • The place of the frontal
  • The place of the empty space occupier
  • Freedom fighters earn their place by breaking rules.
  • Flank defendants earn their place attacking the weaknesses of the members of the environment.
  • Frontal seeks to impose its own rules, exerting its power on the members of the environment.
  • Empty space occupiers establish the conditions so as to open a place among the members of the environment.

This synthetic description includes all the types of strategies adults use to adapt. Those who think that they can overwhelm their own unconscious with a rational effort, just use the same strategy they developed in childhood.

This barrier can only be avoided by accepting one’s strategic intelligence and operating based on its characteristics.

Adolescence is a turning point in the development of strategic intelligence. Depending on how adolescence is “resolved”, strategic intelligence matures or stagnates.

Those who cannot surpass an adolescent approach to reality cannot be aware of their strategic intelligence. In this case, strategic intelligence becomes unconscious and dominates the personal, institutional, and social behavior of the individual.

Anarchic or authoritarian-based cultures avoid their members to resolve their adolescence. They need to maintain their member in the stage of childhood. Only strong cultures foster adolescents’ evolution. Adolescence behavior fosters changing reality.

Strategic intelligence functions as a stereotype when adult individuals maintain an adolescent approach to reality. In this case they cannot perceive their own strategic intelligence and project their weaknesses on others.

3) Types of Logical Thinking Processes

A logical thinking process is applied intelligence, guiding the active adaptive behavior of individuals. Therefore cultures foster the types of thought necessary to adapt to a certain environment.

Principles of the Level of Logical Thinking

There are a set of principles that indefectibly occur in the development of thinking:

  1. The level of thinking is limited by the person’s identification model and the overcoming of that level brews guilt in that subject.
  2. The level of thinking is developed according to the individuals’ exposure to reality, by looking for the mechanisms that solve the problems they face.
  3. A change of reality stimulates a change in the model of thinking; to the extent that it is deemed necessary, stable, and in that the individual counts on an identification model as of which to begin.
  4. A change in the level of thinking implies a modification in the individual’s personality.

Types or Levels of Logical Thinking Processes

The conceptual structure of how humans approach reality to solve problems was developed based on the conceptual model described in the “Unicist Theory of Evolution”. It describes both dualities individuals use to apprehend reality.

1) On the one hand, reality is approached either with a hierarchical logic or with a relational logic. They both have different levels of integration and they imply different personal values.

Hierarchical logic is related to the human need for security. The hierarchical structure itself hinders analytical mistakes. But relational logic implies synthetic thinking, integrating an abductive and an inductive approach. It implies personal freedom where everything can be related.

2) On the other hand, reality can be approached with a dualistic thinking approach or with an integrative thought.

Unicist thinking implies the integration of reality in its oneness. It implies comprehending reality, accepting being part of it although one might be observing.

The integration of these two dualities defines four sets of different thoughts which are: operational, functional/analytical, scientific, and conceptual.

Operational Thinking

Operational thinking is related to the facts-oriented-action. An individual using predominantly this type of thinking uses synthetic/syncretic thinking (relational logic), within the conditions of dual thinking (what is correct vs. what is incorrect).

This is how the operational level seeks responses to problems. In order to operate the individual tries to assimilate the problems to those he already knows and uses methods, as in the previous case, as if he were dealing with a “recipe”.

Ego, and consequently its security, is set on the solution applied.

Functional / Analytical Thinking

In functional/analytical thinking, actions are generated by ideas. Functional/analytical thinking is determined by hierarchical logic as far as analysis goes. It seeks solutions through existing information using a methodic approach.

The ego of those that predominantly use functional/analytical thinking is set on the science or on the technique they handle, where their security relies on.

Scientific / Systemic Thinking

Scientific or systemic thinking is related to the action-oriented toward understanding the structure of reality, basically using hierarchical logic, but in terms of integrative thinking (where reality is but one).

The one who predominantly uses this type of thinking is the one who, when faced with a problem of reality, relates sciences to find a solution. Scientific thinking will, in this way, seek the inclusion of different professionals for the development of one solution to the problem.

The security of the individual relies on the integration of sciences.

Conceptual Thinking

Conceptual thinking is oriented towards understanding reality in its essence, based on the properties of entities. It relies on an integrative approach driven by predicate logic and supported by fuzzy logic.

This form of thinking facilitates the integration of functionalist principles with their implicit binary actions. It defines realms based on a fuzzy approach that, at one end, is absolute and gradually degrades until it merges with the environment.

Individuals who engage in conceptual thinking use conceptual models to approach reality, aiming to bridge the gap between appearances and reality through a logical approach and destructive testing.

Conceptual thinkers strive to understand and manage the functionality of the real world by grasping its concepts, which are defined by a purpose, an active function, an energy conservation function, and the binary actions that enable their operation.


The discovery of the triadic functionality of intelligence, which is based on the triadic functionality of the ontogenetic intelligence of nature, introduces a structural shift in the understanding of human adaptive behavior and enhances the development of educational programs toward driving people to assume a proactive role in the environment.

As human actions are driven by the concepts they have, conscious behavior begins by accepting that the concepts of what is being done have to be known. The discovery that ethics is in fact an intelligence that defines human intentions and evolves in the maturity process of an individual increased the level of transparency of human actions.

This opens the black-box of human behavior increasing the possibility of enhancing conscious behavior, by complementing the strategic intelligence and the logical type of thought,  to increase the level of adaptiveness of individuals which increases efficacy, the level of value generation, and complementation in the environment.

Efficacy can be defined as the capacity of producing results responsibly. Since adaptive environments are continuously evolving and require a dynamic approach to deal with them, efficacy, in adaptive environments, requires having a strategy to ensure the production of results.

The conscious intelligence of individuals defines their adaptive capacity, which is materialized by the strategies they use to influence the environment while being influenced by it. It applies to any field of human actions.

The different levels of strategy -operational, non-influential, specific, and universal- are inclusive and require achieving superior levels of consciousness. The synergy generated by collective intelligence, in institutionalized environments, allows for building strategic committees, that permit integrating intelligence to build a functional strategy.

The basic condition to manage adaptive strategies is defined by the functionality of the ethical intelligence, that is required to manage a specific environment.

When the ethical intelligence used, is consistent with the one required by the environment, individuals are able to use their conscious intelligence to exert influence. If ethical intelligence is not consistent, the development of the unicist reflection process, driven by destructive and non-destructive pilot tests, allows for solving the problem and assuming an influential role.

The recovery of the brain after strokes demonstrated that only actions develop neural functions. This applies to any adaptive behavioral learning, which requires an action-reflection-action process.

Thinking allows using the intelligence an individual has but hinders the development of new complementary functions to exert more influence while being influenced by the environment.

That is why thinking is functional when the level of adaptiveness of an individual suffices, while the development of a higher level of influence requires investing the necessary energy, in an action-reflection-action process, until the brain is able to emulate the new functions and to transform these emulations into results.