Relationships Between Poles

You implied in several descriptions that the relationship between poles was different for different primary energetics and that this was important to understanding felt experience. Can you say more?

I noted that in Middle-Axis poles are about equal in size and in dynamic opposition. I also observed that in Late-Axis, even with lower pole dynamics, upper pole strengths tend to be more highly valued. These and other observations follow directly from how formative processes work. Understanding why we see what we do helps greatly into appreciating why personality dynamics manifest as they do.

Creative Systems Theory describes how not just the felt qualities of poles, but their relative sizes and the felt relationships between them, are time-relative within the progression of any formative process. (See article section on this web site or for greater detail go to

The Creative Cycle

The Creative CyleLooking at the above diagram, we can see that indeed Upper and Lower Poles are at near balance in Middle-Axis. (Inner and outer aspects are as well). We can also see why Late-Lowers tend, as mentioned earlier, to give greatest valuing to the intellect even though that is not where they identify. Even when there is a lot of Aliveness in Late-Lower, Late-Upper predominates. We often talk of Late-Axis dynamics as being “patriarchal.”

We see a complementary dynamic in Early-Axis. Here, even if there is great Aliveness and identification in the Upper Pole, the Lower Pole likely carries more charge. Early-Axis personalities are particularly fed by and particularly vulnerable to the archetypically feminine.