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Towards a general typology of relationships (between people, concepts, etc)

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The very tentative typology below is distributed across two tables. The second is concerned with physical and emotional relations. The first is concerned with mental and spiritual relations. These are denoted by the left-hand columns. For each of kind of relationships, a distinction is made between the senses and their correspondence to the (Jungian) psychological functions: touch (sensation),  smell/taste, hearing, and vision. These are denoted by the right-hand columns. In each case, 8 forms of relationship are distinguished. So for each table there are 64 distinct relationships. To get a sense of how there might differ, the 64 hexagrams of the I Ching have been mapped onto that framework using the traditional house-organization. Clicking on the link in any given cell, will take you to the hexagram index and to a choice of relevant commentaries. Further comments below.
 

          Education 
Religion
Government Security 
Military 
Marketing
   
Spiritual   
(Intuition / 
Insight)
Possession in great measure 
[14]
Army 
[7]
Development 
[53]
Following 
[17]
Work on what has been spoiled 
[18]
Fellowship with men 
[13]
Holding together 
[8]
Marrying maiden 
[54]
Vision
Progress 
[35]
Darkening of the light 
[36]
Inner truth 
[61]
Preponderance of the great 
[28]
Corners of the mouth 
[27]
Conflict 
[6]
Waiting 
[5]
Preponderance of the small 
[62]
Hearing
Splitting apart 
[23]
Abundance 
[55]
Treading 
[10]
Well 
[48]
Biting through 
[21]
Dispersion 
[59]
Break- 
through 
[43]
Modesty 
[15]
Smell/Taste
Contemplation 
[20]
Revolution 
[49]
Opposition 
[38]
Pushing upward 
[46]
Innocence 
[25]
Youthful folly 
[4]
Power of the great 
[34]
Obstruction 
[39]
Touch
Mentation  
(Vision)   
 
Standstill 
[12]
After completion 
[63]
Decrease 
[41]
Duration 
[32]
Increase 
[42]
Before completion 
[64]
Peace 
[11]
Influence 
[31]
Vision
Retreat 
[33]
Difficulty at the beginning 
[3]
Taming power of the great 
[26]
Deliverance 
[40]
Family 
[37]
Caldron 
[50]
Approach 
[19]
Gathering together 
[45]
Hearing
Coming to meet 
[44]
Limitation 
[60]
Grace 
[22]
Enthusiasm 
[16]
Taming power of the small 
[9]
Wanderer 
[56]
Return 
[24]
Oppression 
[47]
Smell/Taste
Creative 
[1]
Abysmal 
[29]
Keeping still 
[52]
Arousing 
[51]
Gentle 
[57]
Clinging 
[30]
Receptive 
[2]
Joyous 
[58]
Touch
Attraction   
Pull   
Grab   
Constrain
Pierce Gulp Squash   
Squeeze   
Smother  
Embrace
Lift  
Raise  
Enhance
Suppress  
Repress
Repel  
Hit  
Push  
 
Stroke
 
          Education 
Religion
Government Security 
Military 
Marketing
   
Emotion   
(Smell/Taste)
Possession in great measure 
[14]
Army 
[7]
Development 
[53]
Following 
[17]
Work on what has been spoiled 
[18]
Fellowship with men 
[13]
Holding together 
[8]
Marrying maiden 
[54]
Vision
Progress 
[35]
Darkening of the light 
[36]
Inner truth 
[61]
Preponderance of the great 
[28]
Corners of the mouth 
[27]
Conflict 
[6]
Waiting 
[5]
Preponderance of the small 
[62]
Hearing
Splitting apart 
[23]
Abundance 
[55]
Treading 
[10]
Well 
[48]
Biting through 
[21]
Dispersion 
[59]
Break- 
through 
[43]
Modesty 
[15]
Smell/Taste
Contemplation 
[20]
Revolution 
[49]
Opposition 
[38]
Pushing upward 
[46]
Innocence 
[25]
Youthful folly 
[4]
Power of the great 
[34]
Obstruction 
[39]
Touch
Physical (Touch)  Standstill 
[12]
After completion 
[63]
Decrease 
[41]
Duration 
[32]
Increase 
[42]
Before completion 
[64]
Peace 
[11]
Influence 
[31]
Vision
Retreat 
[33]
Difficulty at the beginning 
[3]
Taming power of the great 
[26]
Deliverance 
[40]
Family 
[37]
Caldron 
[50]
Approach 
[19]
Gathering together 
[45]
Hearing
Coming to meet 
[44]
Limitation 
[60]
Grace 
[22]
Enthusiasm 
[16]
Taming power of the small 
[9]
Wanderer 
[56]
Return 
[24]
Oppression 
[47]
Smell/Taste
Creative 
[1]
Abysmal 
[29]
Keeping still 
[52]
Arousing 
[51]
Gentle 
[57]
Clinging 
[30]
Receptive 
[2]
Joyous 
[58]
Touch
Attraction   
Pull   
Grab   
Constrain
Squash   
Squeeze   
Smother
Gulp Pierce 
  
 
Lift  
Raise  
Enhance
Embrace 
Suppress  
Repress
Repel  
Hit  
Push  
 
Stroke

Comments

Below each table, in the last row, is a very first attempt to reconcile each column of a table with immediately recognizable actions and proceses in a relationship. It should be possible later to provide such distinctions at the cell level as well. For example, "emotionally grabbed" or "squeezed".

The layout of the tables suggests that the most obvious physical characteristics of relationships may serve as templates suggesting emotional, mental or spiritual equivalents. The tables are in this sense a table of metaphorical harmonics -- were it possible to attach appropriate meanings to each cell. A kind of psycho-social equivalent to the mutliplication tables!

The tables may also be considered as equivalent to the periodic table of chemical elements. In that sense, some cells may usefully represent relationships that are poorly understood or ill-defined. Use of the I Ching hexagrams tends to emphasize the subtlety of relationships -- when there is a need for more graspable understanding of the different types of relationship. However, "grasping" may be but one approach to understanding relationships -- and may be a trap in its own right!

There is some possibility that particular columns may reflect the principal style of particular forms of organization. This is indicated in the first row of erach table.

One difficulty with the tables at present is the confusion / ambiguity as to whether it should reflect a typology of characteristic behaviour in a relationship as opposed to a typology of relationships.
Other categories (?):
Vibration?
Entrainment?
Implosion?
Explosion?
 

Associated questions:

Scissors / Stone / Paper

Metaphoric harmonics

Symmetry (Mutual) vs Asymmetry (One-way)

Alternation of columns (Right / Left)

Cooper / Thom (catastrophe)

Periodic table (other periods, 10, 18, etc)

Issue of whether about the involvement in the relationship, or the relationship (atom vs molecule?) valzncies?


References

A typology of relationships with plants [text]

A Critical Incident Typology Of Client Relationships In The Auditing Profession [ text]

Eric Widmer. Les relations fraternelles à l'adolescence. Presses Universitaires de France. [text]

Recursive Relationship Types [text]

Relationship types [text]

Entity relationship modelling [text]

Charles Cameron. Relations, analogies, correspondences in Hermann Hesse's Glass Bead Game and attempts to design playable variants. [text]

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