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I´ve been fascinated by the idea of using philosopher Ken Wilber‘s Integral model as a basis for psychographic text analysis for some years. I started out by reading his material and a couple of years ago I started working on text analysis models. The Integral model put together by Ken Wilber is often referred to as AQAL, which is short for All Quadrants All Levels. Last week I published a classifier for the levels (Graves maturity levels and the value-memes in Spiral Dynamics) and today I´m happy to also publish a classifier for the quadrants, or perspectives.

AQAL (eng)

I find this dimension of Ken Wilbers model highly interesting since it suggest a very profound basis for cognition. It´s easy to imagine that such a basic way of structuring the world around us is the reason behind the many similar symbols used in so many different cultures from so many different times.

Long before I started creating word lists and training data for text analysis and machine learning I had spent a lot of time exploring very many different typology systems and models of the mind. Those have been ranging from the currently popular, such as the Big Five Personality Traits, to more esoteric ones from several cultures and traditions, such as the Temperaments and the Enneagram. I have come to believe that not only most typology systems, but also many different stylistic category systems, such as the ethos, pathos and logos of rhetorics, can be reconstructed by combining categories from the three main categories that I’ve now created,

Perspective – fairly stable over time in an individual. Probably the ground for the idea of temperaments, Jung’s four types and the Myers-Briggs typology based on it. This is what I’d call the authors personality type.
Values –  a evolutionary psychological process that progress or regress during life time and might change (with predictable direction) over the course of short periods. This is what I’d call the authors (archetypal) worldviews.
Mood – the short-cycled expressions of stress and relieve due to the circumstances for an individual that may change many times over a day. This is what I’d call the authors psychological state and what creates the dynamism and positive and negative “versions” of personalities and worldviews.

It feels great to have completed the suite and it is still, after all these many strange meanderings of this work, a lot of fun exploring!

You can try this classifier together with the others on your own texts or webpages at uClassify – the YouTube for text classification and the brain-child of Jon Kågström.