Arrest disorder paradigm

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Arrest disorder paradigm
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Arrest disorder paradigm, as defined by the Developmental school
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Curator(s): Mario Yanez

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A paradigm guides, governs and controls the organization of individual reasoning and the systems of ideas that obey it and contains, for any discourse under its rule, the fundamental concepts or master categories of intelligibility. (For more in depth discussion, see Paradigm page this summary was taken.)

[The following is an Excerpt from the article, The Regenerative Economic Shaper by Carol Sanford and Ben Haggard.]


The arrest disorder paradigm introduces restraints on the predatory self-­‐interest associated with value return paradigm, but in doing so it creates its own set of unintended negative consequences.

At this level, one expands the scope of one’s attention and awareness to include relationships within systems, which allows one to see the effects one’s actions are having on others. One becomes concerned with achieving

balance and the long-­‐term sustainability of human endeavors. As a result, one seeks to correct the systemic problems created when people or institutions pursue their own narrow self-­‐interest to the detriment of others. Many of the world’s laws and regulations, including everything from environmental regulations to the oversight of banks, are specifically designed to limit the negative impacts of unrestrained application of the value return paradigm. In the same way, socialist economic theories emerged in response to the devastation created by unfettered capitalism.

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With this paradigm, the focus has moved from direct transactional benefit to systemic benefit, which represents a significant conceptual expansion based on an equally significant expansion of perception. At this level, self is no longer all there is to consider, or looked at another way, one’s sense of self enlarges. Once one has achieved this shift, dropping back to the value return paradigm represents a regression, a collapsing down to a narrower and more impoverished view of the world. There is nothing that can be worked on at the lower level that can’t be accomplished in a more wholesome and inclusive way at the higher.

To see the effects of one’s actions on something larger than oneself requires a new level of awareness, an awareness that is inaccessible when one is focused solely on one’s own benefit. This awareness is an important first step in the development of consciousness. At a political level it has led to a series of historically significant movements and reforms, including the abolition of slavery, the establishment of unions, and the fights for civil rights and environmental protections. It is the source of social safety nets that address such issues as child poverty and lack of health care.

Shadow side

By its nature the arrest disorder paradigm comes into conflict with the value return paradigm, which it is designed to correct or restrain. Every political effort to address disorder in our societies ends up placing pressure on those who wish to enjoy as much liberty as possible in pursuit of their own interests. In this way, activists who view the world from within an arrest disorder perspective always build opposition to the improvements they are seeking to make. Also, this paradigm’s problem-­‐solving orientation leads to approaches that are programmatic in nature, severely limiting the kinds of creativity that become available at higher levels of thinking.

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