Adjustment. My present situation feels good enough as it is. Relaxed,
effortless self-control, as when riding a bicycle. Attention focused
on the here & now, no marked self-reflection. »I am OK,
you are OK«. Feeling »average« in the sense of
not special. Being there.
Creative change. Integration. A sense of »getting it all
together«. Insights, aha-experiences. Feelings freely felt
and expressed. Intense experience of the here & now, with self-reflection:
I participate and observe that I am participating. Strong feelings
of community. Self-confidence. Energy. Radical ideas, a desire to
make things happen.
Pseudo-adjustment. Self-discipline with focus on completing a certain
task or defending a certain pattern or status quo. No clear feelings.
I am in control but uptight. The here & now (if experienced
at all) feels empty and mechanical. Irritation. Attention concentrated
on the task felt to be necessary, on the rules and/or my image in
others' eyes, on not to lose face, on tactical considerations, etc.
Maladjustment. Something is or feels wrong here & now, but
I do not know what, or what to do to make things right. Tense, negative
self- consciousness with feelings of inferiority and doubts; »self-centred«.
Chaos. Dialectical YES/NO-conflicts within and/or without. Feelings
in a clinch. A sense of unreality.