The ± Factors Preface Premise 2: Define ± factors

Premise 2: Define ±

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Defining ± factors 

Dictionary - anxietyWe see the ± factors in all companies. But when talking about a company, we try to stick to the important stuff and focus on what is measurable, something telling us whether the company’s current status is good or bad. And what is more used and easier to measure than money? The money you see in the balance sheet, in the result sheet, in the cash flow. Money is the most important factor for all companies, but money does not constitute the big picture. If that were the case, quite a few countries would have entered Chapter 11 or in the worst case become bankrupt.

The reason this is not happening, is that we actually know that money itself cannot take own actions. In its nature, money is means. Someone use money to gain value. As a trigger, a driver or as a metering instrument. So what else can the ± factors be?

In the web introduction, I will spare you the discussion and cut to the chase. “Someone” is a human being and “the else” is the emotions belonging to that specific human being.

The Plus factors are the positive emotions - such as joy and interest - and the Minus factors are the negative emotions – such as anxiety or fear.

This website will be addressing these emotions and how they can be used in a positive or negative way regardless of these emotions being positive or negative in their nature. If you choose to become a member, you will get bonus material as the psychological and philosophical discussion surrounding then issues. If not, read on and feel free to visit the project blog or the national test labs.


Ever heard about "positive anxiety"?

Yes, I know. It is an oxymoron - a rhetorical figure of speech that combines two contradictory terms. But nevertheless, this concept may become one of the eyeopeners.

"Positive anxiety" was introduced by Paul Moxnes, Professor of Organizational Psychology at the Norwegian School of Management. He wrote a book on organizational anxiety some years ago discussing the positive aspects of anxiety. Although he is a trained psychodynamic, which I normally am not so fond of, he has a lot of interesting and poignant points which after some contemplating lead me to my definition of anxiety as a ± factor.


The definitions used in this text

Depending on the situation and on the time line, I have learned and seen that joy and anxiety can create a sequence that may provide positive or negative consequences. Instead of using the generic negative connotations and definitions of joy and anxiety, I prefer to talk about joy and anxiety triggers and joy and anxiety drivers. I've found that these distinctions open for a better use of the joy and anxiety experience as well as its consequences. An anxiety trigger can become a positive resource for the entity (as in individual or company) experiencing it, but when prolonged by internal or external factors the trigger is in danger of changing its nature and become an anxiety driver. A driver which most probably will create perceived insurmountable issues for you or the company experiencing them. The same goes for the joy trigger.

So what are the triggers and drivers? Read on.