The Periodic System of Emotions
Prof. Dr. Max Lüscher, Kreuzbuchrain 14, CH-6006 Luzern
When 1846 Mendelajew discovered that the protons, the
neutrons and electrons of an atom determine what kind of an element it is and
which characteristics the structure has, it became possible to calculate how
many elements there could be and what structures (characteristics) these may
have. On the basis of this law, it was possible to estimate that there ought to
be elements that are not yet known. Indeed, they were discovered as a result.
This scientific regularity is called:
When, with the help of the Categoriale Psychologic, it was discovered that the latter's categories determine the nature of an emotional "element" and which characteristics its structure have to have, it also became possible to calculate how many psychological basic structures there should be and which characteristics these have. This regularity is called: The Periodic System of the Categoriale Psychologic.
The Basis of Categoriale Psychologics
If ten staffs are randomly plunged into the water to half
their lengths, they all appear to be broken. If one doubts this ten-fold
observation, one can reassess the experiment with optical instruments and arrive
at the same result. However, is this proof that the staffs are broken?
The risk of a misinterpretation increases all the more if what is being talked about is not visible as, for example, with what we call "soul" or "psyche."
One should avoid psychologies that are based on arbitrary assumptions or subjective opinions. It is helpful to use a psychology that does not take anything for granted, that is not implicitly certain, absolutely true and consequently logical; it must be a psycho-logic.
Since the days of Aristotle and Descartes' famous "I think,
therefore I am," we know that I cannot doubt that I exist, that I live. This is
a certain truth for everyone who is alive.
The three dimensions of the Categoriale Psychologic
If the first dimension is drawn as a horizontal line and the second dimension as a vertical line, which crosses the horizontal line in the middle, then we get four quadrants. They consist of the four categories and are therefore called structures. These four structures are called 1, 2, 3 4.
These four structures correspond to many known Quaternity: the four temperaments, the four elements, the four directions, the four seasons and even the city districts as well as the Quaternity of many religious symbols. Its use was manifold.
This Quaternity is also the main classification of:
The Four Temperaments
The Four Elements
This Quaternity is, however, insufficient because it does not account for the third dimension.
III The third dimension: the Communication
The third dimension consists of the compellingly logical
mutuality of the two quadrants of 1 and 3 and the two quadrants of 4 and 2.
The three dimensions with their respective two categories:
IV The Function
The function is the places value of the four basic
The Periodic System of the four basic structures
The four basic structures 1, 2, 3, 4 can be in a different
position e.g. 1 2 3 4 or 1 2 4 3 or 1 3 2 4 etc. until 4 3 2 1.
The use of logical categories for the definition of Empiric Terms
The periodic system of Categoriale Psychologic is used for the definition and the understanding of emotions, of subconscious motivation, of behaviour patterns as well as for colors and forms of the Lüscher-Test as mathematics is applied in technology.
The categories of Categoriale Psychologic are logical "intellectual terms" (I. Kant). They are superior to the empiric terms of emotions, colors, forms and objects.
These logical categories have to define, on one hand the
emotional term "lively," and on the other hand the object "the color orange-red".
It is possible to define with the six categories everything that is experiential, for example a form, a color, a smell, an expression, an architectural piece or any other object that can be experienced.
The use of The Periodic System of Emotional Structures
The following examples show four single structures (1, 2, 3,
4) put together according to their functions (++, +, -, --), similar to how
atoms form molecules, for example H2O.
Who recognizes a characteristic personality structure in the above text charts has to be aware that these clear personality structures are neither an interpretation nor do they stem from intuition. In these charts, only single elements of the Periodic System of Emotions were joined together logically, similar as in chemistry atoms are connected to molecules, for example H2O.
The application of the Categoriale Psychologic
Each of the 24 basic structures occurs in different aeries of life, e.g.
The Periodic System of the Categoriale Psychologic contains therefore with the 4 basic structures (1, 2, 3, 4) with 24 sequences = 96 structures and the 4 most important aeries of life 384 defined attitudes.