I'm working with a programmer on a tool to demonstrate the OTSWT Model. He was a little unclear on the concept and asked for clarification...
This is what I told him:
Thanks for taking the time to continue this. It's is a model I've developed of how our personalities operate.
We have two personality drivers that operate very differently:
Our Major Self is based largely on the Right Brain - It is experiential, whole, and feels the connection we have to everything....
Our Minor Self is based on Left Brain - The serial processor that allows us to function on the planet. It is primarily responsible for language and all of our senses. Without the left-brain we couldn't walk, talk etc. In addition, the Left Brain is always chattering away, categorizing everything, and looking out for threats.... real or perceived.
"Major Self" - I - We represented by a capital letter, is constant and unchanging
"Minor Self" - i - Represented by a lower case letter, is in a constant state of reactivity to what is happening in our environment, moment to moment.
When Balanced (Ii) - The two work together to serve us. I call this "Authentic or Genuine Me"
When my Minor Self becomes overly dominant and out of balance Ii - I tend to behave in ways that don't serve me in the moment. I call this combination "Little Me"
When Minor Me is very small, Ii, I call this "Enlightened Me". We all go here, but don't tend to recognize it... For you, when you fell in love with your wife and everything was perfect... nothing affected you. Another example would be when you are coding something and time flies by...
When way out of balance Ii- things can get nasty - "Little Me". Little Me can go from telling crappy stories about people to yelling at people to someone like Hitler, who would be represented as Hh-
The goal of the tool your working on is to help people to understand the concept in their day-to-day lives and how Minor Me can get out of control and in essence block us from being effective in any given situation.
Secondarily is to look at how people interrelate with each other, whether it be a couple, parent and child or Co-workers. The model applies to all situations and becomes a tool for creating greater self awareness. The way we strengthen that self-awareness is to ask, "What is the story I'm telling? Is it a Little Me story that isn't serving me or the people I'm interacting with?"
That's it in a nutshell. Hope it helps.