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 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 a “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 an individual matures in a specific field he complements with others to confront difficulties in the search of his plan. Nevertheless, if he cannot overcome the difficulty, he returns to his natural strategic style.
Now the functional strategic styles will be described:
The freedom fighter is a utopia-driven individual, highly individualistic. He looks for a “pertaining group”. From his 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. Freedom fighters are usually leaders that are followed by those who share their utopia.
It is an individual that uses his judgment to generate the need for a new solution and, having found the solution, occupies the empty space opened by his judgment. He is an excellent professional when he has the will to learn and keep himself updated in his field of action. In this case, his knowledge enables him to propose new solutions and innovations to improve an organization.
The frontal style is naturally functional to the institution he integrates: he is an “institutionalizer”. He looks for effective operational solutions using a direct approach to the environment. He delivers a high added value in situations where results depend on human actions.
The empty-space occupier is the one who procures to add 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.