Two Kinds of Emotional Will.
The two polarities of heart & gut.

Heart/Humanity:

The Will to Serve: Some of us work extra hard to serve one another or to serve the greater good. We become exceptionally interested in harmony among the tribe, or healing and nurturing one another. This natural set of human traits exemplify the lover or healer in us and brings wonderful benefits for helping us survive unfriendly environments through encouraging a tribal community that keeps us well. But if we experience pain as a result of not being accepted by the “tribe” we belong to early in life, or love and acceptance is withheld, then our unconscious psyche may exaggerate this need for acceptance and distort it into an overused hunger for approval.

Gut/Courage:

The Will to Challenge: Some of us work extra hard to challenge the status quo. To speak the words that surface the ugly truth. To take risks in the face of uncertainty all in service of justice and fairness. To fight the good fight. To destroy the old and pioneer in the new. This natural set of human traits exemplify the warrior or hero in us and helps us test our mettle in an unfriendly environment. It allows us to push forward into the unknown with courage and might. But if we experience pain as a result of not having appropriate autonomy over our circumstances early in life, then our unconscious psyche will exaggerate this need for power and distort it into an overused hunger for power.

How to get into balance: If you are over-using traits in the humanity (heart) quadrant, the developmental goal is to practice strengthening your Will to Challenge (courage). Conversely, if you are over-using traits in the Gut/Courage quadrant, the developmental goal is to practice strengthening your Will to Serve (heart). In other words, each of the emotional quadrants are a balance to each other and you need to be able to do both at one time. i.e., how can you be both instead of just one or the other.




Two Kinds of Cognitive Will.
The two polarities of head and spirit.

Head/Wisdom:

The Will to Achieve: Some of us work extra hard to achieve status and position through focused effort on becoming and expert. We become exceptionally interested in knowing everything there is to know about our favorite subjects and narrow our field of interest to know more than anyone else about this topic. This natural set of human traits for needing to dive deep into knowledge serves us well and drives us to learn from the past. But deep down it can also be a disguise for an underlying need for safety in the face of risk. If we experience a lack of respect for who we are in our early years, we may develop an unconscious need to achieve status over others and distort it into a overused hunger for status.

Spirit/Resilience:

The Will to Create: Some of us work extra hard to be different, unique and original in an effort to stand out from the crowd. We get energized by staying ahead of the trends and seeing or creating the future before others do. We love ideas that are novel and creative so we want to be first to express them. We especially loath being bored or plain and develop an appreciation for beauty through creative expressions of all kinds. This natural set of human traits to stay ahead of the pack serves our need to be creative about solving problems that come up as a result of constant change. But deep down it can also be about feeling like we are not special. If we experience a lack of attention and are not listened to as a unique individual when we are young, we may develop an unconscious need to prove that we are special and distort it into a hunger for attention.


How to get into balance: If you are over-using traits in the Wisdom (head) quadrant, the developmental goal is to practice strengthening your Will to Create. Conversely, if you are over-using traits in the Resilience (spirit) quadrant, the developmental goal is to practice strengthening your Will to Achieve. Each of the kinds of cognitive will are a balance for one another in the same way as the two kinds of emotional will. Balance in all four is the goal for inner strength which results in outer positive influence.



"When we overuse as aspect of will, our unconscious needs are in charge instead of our true self being more consciously in charge." Pam Boney, Author of Tiltology.




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