The Roots of Schema Dynamics Programming

I have invented SDP (Schema Dynamics Programming) by correlating several branches and theories of psychology and personal development. I had to choose what to use as a concept and as techniques, for myself as a consultant and for my clients. I publish this list in order to share some of the background theories which I have studied to various degrees (from reading major books in the field to participating in certification training) and which I refer to as very relevant to understand why and how SDP works. I use all of these with my clients as needed, and they provide the major framework for the techniques and the skills needed to create the generative transformational development. Although some techniques and models which I created may seem similar and even though I have taken techniques from some of these fields, the combination among them is what makes the whole structure that I created to work.

By order of importance, SDP is based mainly on:

  1. NLP (Neuro-Linguistic Programming);

  2. Spiral Dynamics (SD);

  3. Schema Focused Therapy (SFT);

  4. Time Line Therapy (TLT);

  5. Non-directive coaching (NDC);

  6. Transactional Analysis (TA);

  7. Positive Psychology (PP) (especially Values In Action Character Strengths);

  8. Abraham Maslow’s Extended Pyramid of Needs (8 levels);

  9. Robert Dilt’s pyramid of the neuro-logical levels based on Gregory Bateson’s logical levels of learning;

  10. Tony Robbins’ 6 core needs model presented with Chloe Maddanes;

  11. LAB Profile developed by Ross Stewart and Rodger Bailey, as presented by Shelle Rose Charvet and extended by myself for interviewing purposes;

  12. the Co-dependency model;

  13. Ericksonian Hypnosis;

  14. Talcott Parsons’s systemic classifications (TP);

  15. Howard Gardner’s theory of Multiple Intelligences;

  16. The emotional model of Robert Plutchick;

  17. The emotional classification of W. Parrot;

  18. McClelland’s theory of motivation;

  19. the Self-Determination theory of Edward Deci and Richard Ryan;

  20. Brian Tracy’s classification of needs;

  21. taxonomies of cognitive defensive mechanisms of the self (not to be confounded with behavioral stress coping strategies).

I have also considered for the purposes of correlation but didn’t go into the depths of studying these, although I encourage my clients to also use these.

  1. CBT (cognitive-behavioral therapy);

  2. psychodrama;

  3. sociodrama;

  4. the completion process and other techniques developed and/or presented by Teal Swan;

  5. the givers/takers classifications by Adam Grant and Rob Rebele and published in Harvard Business Magazine;

  6. The Wheel of Consent and the 3-minute exercise developed by Harry Fadis and presented by Betty Martin;

  7. behavioral stress coping strategies taxonomies (there are several pieces of research and theories classifying them)

  8. Urania Cremene’s “All about Parenting” audio training program, developed based on the self-determination theory of Edward Deci and Richard Ryan

  9. the multiple styles of attachment, charted into 4 quadrants (which are titled and measured differently by several authors)

  10. Bjorn Eybll’s Psychic Roots of Diseases;

  11. DeMartini Values Evaluation;

  12. Steven Covey’s interdependence approach from „The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People”;

  13. Bar-On’s model of emotional intelligence (EQ);

  14. The Five Languages of Love;

  15. The Holland RIASEC test for career management and other career counseling tests, such as Horst Siewert;

  16. Behavioral Interview.

Approaches that have been recommended to me that I haven’t yet got around starting to study them. Although they seem interesting:

  1. Byron Katie’s the Work;

  2. Meta Health;

  3. EMDR=Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing;

  4. Hakalau;

  5. Matthew Kelly’s 7 Levels of Intimacy;

  6. Lise Bourbeau’s model of “5 wounds”;

  7. Family Constellations;

  8. Experiential Psychotherapy;

  9. Neurosemantics;

  10. Person-centered therapy developed by Carl Rogers;

  11. Provocative therapy;

  12. Patristic Psychotherapy.

I have partially considered but found absolutely no use in the SDP model of:

  1. Psychoanalytic psychotherapies;

  2. MBTI, PCM, DISC and many other primitive personality systems;

  3. EFT (emotional freedom techniques);

  4. Jung’s Archetypes and other Jungian theories, such as the “collective unconscious”;

  5. Somatotherapy;

  6. Fleishman’s taxonomy of abilities;

  7. mindfulness and meditation;

  8. the law of attraction;
  9. dating and seduction systems for interpersonal skills development.

I have correlated know-how: information, strategies and techniques from all of these fields in order to optimize in the least amount of time the most effective tools for personal transformation. I mostly used the 21 elements of the first list. I did not yet find practical applications to be integrated into technique or theory from the second list, but from how much I studied, I consider some of them potentially useful for me as a consultant or useful for my clients as a knowledge-base. My statement about not finding enough in the third list is not a statement about the quality of the know-how I found in these approaches, on the contrary: I have not allowed yet to give them the proper study and practice time consideration to find something extremely efficient to be integrated with what I already have available and extremely effective already. I invite you to zoom in here for Magna Carta of Schema Dynamics Programming to understand how about half of the theories from the first list get correlated in the theoretical model. You may check a little selection of the most important techniques that I am using with my customers.

PS: I chose not to place any external links on the elements of the lists in this article as it would have been too many for one article. You may find information on your own about any of them.

Marcus Victor Grant

Copyright © Marcus Victor Grant, 2019-present

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