• This test helps you determine your defensive style in discourse and conflict. It will track three variables about how you interact with others, respond to conflict and deal with perceived threats.

    Defensive styles identify how we protect our weakness and project an image of power. They are important because sometimes our instinctive fears and desires actually sabotage our ability to get what we need. At the core of our defensive patterns is a belief that our own creativity is not enough, which requires that we sacrifice aspects of our nature for a temporary sense of safety and security.

    True healing occurs when we let go of our perceptions that we are not wanted, inadequate or unloved and we begin to integrate and accept ourself exactly as we are. Our defenses are illusionary half-truths which don't express our whole nature.

    The styles are derived from Larry Byram's work in personality typing and Soul Archetypes (you can learn about his courses at Higher Alignment). I've never actually done one of his courses, but I'm familiar with his analytical framework and I needed something challenging to tackle for building my first test. You should in no way construe your results from my test as representative of what his process might yield.

    Note: No one defensive style is better than another, however, there are things to watch for in terms of compatibility with regard to defensive styles. Incompatible defensive styles can lead to some major communication breakdowns in a relationship.