human-constructsHuman Constructs is a representational model of the psychosocial constructions of reality. It incorporates the inherited knowledge and experience that establish our conscious and subconscious organization of our world. It includes meaning, motivation, education, media, emotion and thought processes. We know every person, every family, every teacher, every organization and every culture has their own unique spectrum of constructs. The purpose of the Human Constructs model is to acknowledge that all conscious and subconscious perception and reality processing is populated by experiences and exchanges from systemic sources. In this model, we do not directly consider matter and energy driven programming and exchanges such as genetics, body processes and tangible experiences. This is about the foundations of how and why we think the way we think.

Our Human Constructs model will always seek your input and will always be a work in progress. Here is our preliminary master scaffolding. Let us know what you think and help us develop this model more fully and usefully.

The model consists of 4 ontological zones. Its forms and cells are depicted by squarish and horizontally rectangular shapes:

Zone 1: Belief Constructs

  • family
  • nature
  • language
  • self
  • work
  • government
  • and more…
Zone 2: Institutional Constructs

  • schools
  • religions
  • corporations
  • governments
  • media
  • and more…
Zone 3: Communication of constructs

  • friends
  • neighbors
  • networks
  • internet
  • and more…
Zone 4: Inherited cultural belief constructs

  • Europe vs Africa
  • rural vs urban
  • Western vs Eastern
  • income
  • gender
  • age
  • geography
  • skin color
  • racial labels
  • and more…


In addition to this model, we have chosen to represent two elements of Human Constructs separately – SWAY (the major external forces that influence human choice and behavior) and Human Relationships (the bonds and exchanges that characterize all forms of human interaction). Human Constructs, SWAY, Human Relationships and the Y Person models are strongly connected and certainly are not mutually exclusive or dependent. It should be noted that all of the models intersect across certain dimensions and that is our intent – to explain and organize complexity thoughtfully through a spectrum of perspectives and systemic models.

Contribute to this model and others. The models are variable checklists, ontological containers, navigation portals and generative visualizations of complexity and knowledge. They are an evolving form of language for us to populate and apply as an integrated form of communication.

by Systémique

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