Communication Enhancement: Experiential Focus Graphic

by James E. D. Cline

Individual people experience life differently from each other. To communicate effectively, it is well to take these differences into account. The following is one of many typologies attempting to describe such variations in individual experiencing of ongoing life.

Here are two forms of graphics describing a typology made of the following four experiential viewpoint focus factor polarities:

There are several basic kinds of viewpoints from which an individual habitually experiences life. A "viewpoint" here is defined as the joining of any two adjacent factors on the above graphic. To experience another's world, to communicate well, it is well to translate from your kind of experience into the nearest equivalent of their kind of experience. Use of the above graphic, which I have derived from the works of Carl Jung, Michael Malone, Shakti Gawain, and Gabrielle Rico, shows the kinds of ways people habitually experience their life. Each person has access to all seven of the other kinds of viewpoints, yet each person routinely experiences life primarily from only one type of viewpoint. Somewhere upon this graph is the other person's routine primary mode of experiencing life, and somewhere also is one's own routine primary mode of experiencing life. Beware, theirs might not be the same as yours! If not the same modes, a translation of the message into their experiential viewpoint could improve communications. Or, make a pre-statement defining the particular mode of experience one intends to use next in communication, so that the recipient has a chance to shift to that mode in preparation for listening to you.

A variation on this graphical technique is shown next. Here, each factor (PHYSICAL vs ABSTRACT, DESIGN vs SIGNS, BEING vs DOING, and HAVING vs KNOWING) is represented as an equal-sized piece of a pie chart. The smaller circle within the pie chart represents the spotlight of attention of the person, the focus of attention.


Mutual endeavors, such as the creation of the Earth Plus KESTS-GEO-Habitat Ring, need accurate communications between each other. Jungian psychology describes various ways individuals tend to experience life. Each individual has a particular kind of favorite habitual viewpoint into which one must go, so as to communicate in terms the other can easily understand with accuracy. (Note that one's favorite sensory mode also is another significant factor in one's experience of life.) But for now, consider the Jungian-like experiential typology, visualizable as co-ordinates on the above graphic design. Some place on this graph describes a person's habitual kind of experiential viewpoint.

Two people can look at the identical thing or situation, and have quite different experiences of it. The knowing and understanding of the experiential viewpoint of who one is communicating with, as well as your own experiential viewpoint, can provide improved sharing of experiences.

(The above is the offering of a tool of understanding in communication. Yet note that the response to the offering of a tool has not changed much since the Neolithic Stone Age: when one offers a stone axe to them, they might a) ignore it; b) pick it up and bash you with it, grabbing your goodies; 3) pick it up and run away with it for unknown purposes; or hopefully 4) pick it up and stand shoulder to shoulder with you to achieve a task which is mutually beneficial to both of you. So, in offering a tool, like this one, I wish each of us wisdom....)

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