Graves was captivated by the question “What is healthy, mature, human behavior?” He combined this with the idea that all humans want to be right in almost every area of their lives; may it be in the field of politics, religion, sports, gender, marriage or other areas. To answer this question, he started his large-scale research.
The conclusion of his research was that people only differ from opinion due to a variety of value systems and their own bio-psycho-social development. Data and results from his scientific research in the 1960s and 1970s showed that human behavior is strongly determined by our value systems, our internal motives and our belief systems.
Graves’ work was so extensive, pioneering and interdisciplinary that he didn’t fit into a defined movement. Graves ‘simply’ called his theory ‘The emergent, cyclical, double-helix theory of adult bio psychosocial systems development, or, in short, “Levels of Existence Theory”.
Do you want to hear Graves explain his theory himself? Please listen to Part 1 and Part 2 of the original 1974 audiotapes. Some of the original Graves’ articles can be found on the “Articles” page. On this page, you can also find some interesting articles from Beck, Cowan and Wilber.