General Characteristics of Value systems
- Value systems are sometimes also called wMemes, Stages of Consciousness, Levels of Consciousness, Frames of Reference, Phases in Conscious Development or World Views.
- Value systems are the deep-seated motives, levels of existence, worldviews, modes of life, codes of behavior and values by which people and cultures live by.
- Value Systems may be seen as a perspective of the world, from which a person deducts a couple of principles about what is good, bad, important or unimportant.
- Value Systems represent a way of thinking (a truth) in relationship to norms and values, philosophy, family, religion, fashion, music, literature, politics, sports, life-style and language.
- Value systems are fundamental systems of thoughts, motives, and instructions, which determine how we make a decision and set priorities in our lives. (They are the codes of behavior and modes of life of individuals and cultures)
- Value systems are the product of the interaction between someone’s life conditions, someone’s neurological capacities and its context.
- Value systems can manifest in a healthy or in an unhealthy way.
- SDi is concerned with the typology of value systems within people, it is not a typology of people;
- Every person has a combination of different value systems. You are not a color, you HAVE different colors.
- The dominant value system determines your perspective on reality. The underlying value system determines your personality;
- Value systems are in constant flux (dynamic) with each other. In different situations and in different life conditions, people show different types of behavior. Value systems can be expressed in both a positive and a negative manner;
- The value systems developed in an earlier stage form the basis of the more complex (later developed) value systems. It is possible to skip a value system, but it will not be successful in the long run (Transcend & Include);
- One value system is not better or more valuable than the other. They all reflect the way people adapt tot their life conditions using their current capacities;
- There is a continuous interplay between the more individual-oriented (Beige, Red, Orange, Yellow) and the more collective-oriented (Purple-Blue-Green-Turquoise) vMemes.
To describe the colors on the pages about value systems, we have not only used elements from our own work but also elements from books and articles, amongst others definitions and parts of texts, by Don Beck, Peter Merry, Paul Zuiker and Wilbert van Leijden.