Emotional Volatility Indices (VI) for Worldview Themes
version 3.0 worldview theme structure
From TFJD codes, an Emotional Volatility Index (VI) can be derived. Something that’s volatile is likely to change in a sudden and extreme way. Just as some financial investments are more volatile than others, “investing” in various worldview themes presents a similar contrast. Thus those investing in Passionately Impulsive (theme #18A) and The Artistic Orientation (theme #12) need to be prepared for much greater changes (both up and down) in their feelings / emotional state on a much shorter time scale —that is, much greater volatility—when compared to less emotionally volatile themes such as Dispassionate (theme #18B) and Scientific Materialism (theme #5A). Note the VI scores for these themes below. Worldview theme volatility increases dramatically with absence of thinking (T) and increase of feeling (F).
|worldview theme||TFJD Code||Emotional Volatility VI index|
|#5A Scientific Materialism||3121||2|
|#18A Passionately Impulsive||1323||486|
|#12 The Artistic Orientation||1333||729|
Worldview theme volatility increases dramatically with absence of thinking (T in the code) and increase of feeling (F in the code). Numerically, one gauges worldview theme volatility by using the theme’s TFJD code. The 1, 2, or 3 scores for each of the T, F, J, and D components have partly been assigned with the following equation in mind:
volatility index = VI = (4-T)2 F2 J D
Volatility Index Calculations:
Plugging into volatility index = VI = (4-T)2 F2
theme #18A with TFJD code 1323:
= (4-1)2 x 32 x 2 x 3 = [3 x 3] x [3 x 3] x 2 x 3 = 486
theme #12 with TFJD code 1333:
= (4-1)2 x 32 x 3 x 3 = [3 x 3] x [3 x 3] x 3 x 3 = 729
theme #18B with TFJD code 3111:
= (4-3)2 x 12 x 1 x 1 = [1 x 1] x [1 x 1] x 1 x 1 = 1
theme #5A with TFJD code 3121: VI = (4-3)2 x 12 x 2 x 1 =
[1 x 1] x [1 x 1] x 2 x 1 = 2
Just as financial advisors might urge their risk adverse clients to avoid investing in highly volatile offerings, one can imagine parents or counselors urging young people to avoid buying into worldview themes with a high volatility index. While such advice might be well meaning—certainly it would be an attempt to steer one to a smoother ride path with fewer bumps in the road —following it could also have unfortunate life outcomes. Those might take the form of deciding not to have kids / start a family. Or result in a lot less passion, creativity and spontaneity in one’s life, a life summed up by “nothing ventured, no-thing gained,” missing out on some of the greatest rewards, beauty, highest highs life has to offer!
Volatility indices for each worldview theme are
shown on each theme’s version 3.0 web page.
#12 The Artistic Worldview
Passionately Impulsive 486
#38 Valuing Family 486
Bitterness & Vengeance 324
#7B Magic 324
#27 Belonging To Nature
Hedonistic Orientation 243
#2A The True Believer
#41 Struggling With Self Esteem
#24 Struggling With Sustenance
Service To Others 216
#8B Belief In A Personal God
#9A Religious Fundamentalism
Borrowing Mentality 144
Left Anarchist 144
Consider the worldview themes with the highest volatility index . At the top of the above list is The Artistic Orientation (theme #12), followed by Passionately Impulsive (theme #18A) and Valuing Family (theme #38). While there is no doubt that a genetic component predisposes certain individuals to these particular worldview themes more than others, each of them involves significant learned (or learning to avoid!) behavior. Consider impulsive behavior or its self restraint (theme #29A) opposite. In his 2014 book The Marshmallow Test: Mastering Self Control, psychologist and experimenter Walter Mischel describes the once thought to be innate lack of self control as “a skill open to modification …[that] can be enhanced through specific cognitive strategies that have now been identified."
Note: Much more about TFJD codes and Emotional Volatility VI indices, including the rationale for introducing them, their connection to both human behavior / neuroscience can be found in The Worldview Theme Songbook—Exploring the Feelings Behind Worldviews.