The research works carried out at The Unicist Research Institute on the roots of human intelligence included the study of the behaviors that define the different functionalities of intelligences in the adaptation to the environment. This work included not only the research on the nature of the Strategic Intelligence, but also included the research on the nature of Ethical Intelligence and the Type of logical thinking an individual uses to apprehend the nature of a reality.
The life history of volunteers was researched seeking how they had developed their strategic style. We were surprised when we found out that the individuals’ strategic style began with their first adaptive actions when they were born.
A just-born child enters a hostile environment where he/she has to find the way to find a place and evolve. All the places in the world have an owner. That is why they have to find a way to take their own.
The just-born develops a personal characteristic to search for a place. The approach he/she uses to search for a place is the strategic style. In order to approach hostile environments adults use the same strategic style they developed when just born.
This research opened new adjacent questions that influence the adaptive process of the just born. Is he/she the first child? If he/she has an elder brother there is a place that has been already occupied. Then he/she needs a different one. Is he/she an “expected” child or not? Are their parents living together?
There are countless circumstances the just-born child has to face to find a way to develop. Strategic styles define the way individuals adapt to conflictive environments. Operationally, they take different shapes. But their objective is unique: to ensure an adapted place in the world.
The Strategic Styles
Strategic styles are related to life plans. Each individual has a natural objective in life. When individuals mature in a specific field they complement with others to confront difficulties in the search of their plan. Nevertheless, if they cannot overcome difficulties, they return to their natural strategic style.
In the following lines a synthetic description of the functional strategic styles will be described:
The freedom fighters are utopia-driven individuals, highly individualistic. They look for a “pertaining group”. From their point of view institutions are utopias, but groups are not. Freedom fighters are change agents in institutions. They oppose to existing ethics proposing a new ethical approach to reality. They are usually leaders that are followed by those who share their utopia.
Frank defendant individuals use their judgment to generate the need for a new solution and, having found the solution, occupy the empty space opened by their judgment. They are an excellent professional when they have the will to learn and keep themselves updated in their field of action. In this case, their knowledge enables them to propose new solutions and innovations to improve an organization.
The frontal individuals are naturally functional to the institution they integrate: they are an “institutionalizer”. They look for effective operational solutions using a direct approach to the environment. They deliver a high added value in situations where results depend on human actions.
The empty-space occupier is the one who aims at adding value in a field no one is doing so. It is a necessary approach for entrepreneurs, successful innovators and creators.
The research work showed that individuals’ behavior include all the strategic styles. But in case of extreme stress, individuals use their natural dominant style.
Being aware of one’s strategic intelligence makes complementation with others easier. Avoiding uncertainty permits avoiding stereotypical behaviors.
Models, like this one, facilitate a logical but imperfect approach to reality. Thus, uncertainty is transformed into a manageable risk. This way, individuals can empower their skills and complement with others.
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NOTE: The Unicist Research Institute was the pioneer in complexity science research and became a private global decentralized leading research organization in the field of human adaptive systems.