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Dialogue #53

Development (Chien)

Metaphors: Infiltration / Gradual achievement / Gradual progress

Social In order to engender lasting development, a dialogue should act slowly over an extended period of time, both to establish cooperative relationships and to increase its own influence so that its initiatives carry weight.


1. Difficulties and criticism experienced by the dialogue in the early phases of its action may ensure successful development by preventing excessive haste. (Resulting in: Community).

2. The initial success of the dialogue provides it with a sense of security and encouragement as a basis for further action and collaboration. (Resulting in: Penetrating clarity).

3. The dialogue will succeed if it avoids provoking conflict and concentrates on developing and protecting its own position. (Resulting in: Recognition).

4. If the process of development places the dialogue in an awkward or dangerous position, it should be adaptable in order to locate a secure position from which to continue its action. (Resulting in: Withdrawal).

5. Due to action by those of inferior values, once it is in a position of influence the dialogue may become isolated and be temporarily misjudged by those on whom it is most dependent. (Resulting in: Inaction).

6. Once the work of a dialogue of superior values is completed it can become a striking example for those who may follow in its stead. (Resulting in: Obstruction).

Transformation sequence Development permits the establishment of elective affinities. (Resulting in: Elective affinity).

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Earlier version in 2nd edition of Encyclopedia of World Problems and Human Potential (1986).

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