Fascinated by thinking since early childhood, Christina’s earliest memory of noticing thinking occurred when she was seven and observed an adult make a CHOICE to say something that was not true instead of something that was true. She could not see the value of the choice, only the LOSS OF VALUE, and, in that moment, concluded that people cause their own suffering and that it is UNINTENTIONAL. In a cascade of thoughts, Christina’s young mind concluded there was something simple people didn’t know and that, in the knowing of it, suffering that didn’t need to be wouldn’t be. Being a child, not understanding the enormity of UNNECESSARY SUFFERING, it did not bother her that she didn’t know what that simple something was, though she strongly felt the answer was on the tip of her tongue. Christina never forgot that moment or the sensation. Unbeknown to her at the time, it was the moment her LIFE PURPOSE had begun.
Continuing her childhood fascination with thinking, Christina remembers experiencing chills of mystery and AWE as she watched her mother's thinking RESULT in the making of a sandwich. She observed her mother spreading the mayonnaise around the center of the bread and not to the edges, placing the knife on the counter and not across the jar lid or jar, and cutting the sandwich into two triangles and not into two rectangles, Christina was aware that each BEHAVIOR was an OUTWARD SIGN of an INVISIBLE MYSTERY. As she watched, she experienced every new UNFOLDING detail as yet another presentation of the mystery, which unleashed a new wave of chills over the MIRACLE she was witnessing.
In a high school mathematics class, Christina was asked to identify a singular achievement that would be UNIQUE to her. Recalling the childhood EXPERIENCE and JOY of stepping into new snow, Christina wrote, “I would like to step on a piece of ground where no one has yet stepped.” Asked to explain, her teacher listened and then said, “There is no place on earth where no one has yet stepped.” Christina wondered about the THINKING behind his words, and whether what he said had a PURPOSE. Today, she would say he probably wasn’t thinking, probably didn’t appraise the VALUE of the words that popped into his mind, and, instead, simply said the words because they were there. This is the nature of the habitual S>E>I pattern of thinking. Automatic, unaware, and overvalued, it is the primary source of lost POTENTIAL, lost opportunities to do good, unnecessary problems, and suffering that doesn’t need to be, and no longer has to be. When one learns to ENCOMPASS the INTRINSIC dimension and put into practice the HIERARCHY of I>E>S, what pops into one’s mind tends to remain the same, with one important addition. When what pops into one’s mind will result in behavior that diminishes INTRINSIC VALUE, what felt right almost as quickly FEELS wrong. This is what creates the DESIRE for a better informed SECOND THOUGHT, one that makes better sense because it is guided by I>E>S toward a more valuable CHOICE. Ironically, had her math teacher had I>E>S within his grasp, he might also have known that what he said was MATHEMATICALLY incorrect. To understand Christina’s goal, he was using the MATH OF THINGS that builds on and requires predictability, encompassing finite numbers, formulas, and end points, to try to understand something living, which requires the advanced MATH OF LIFE that embraces the richness of unpredictability as a resource and encompasses infinity, hierarchies, and continuums.
With Christina’s gift for visualizing the thinking behind choices as if it were mapped out like an architectural blueprint, it is no wonder that Christina was a teenage science “geek” before it was cool, and a self-taught coder before there were desktop computers. At age 16, having managed to get employment in an insurance company's actuarial department, Christina QUESTIONED calculating trends with a desktop calculator and wrote a software program that computerized her job. Computers were new enough at the time that she didn't know what a computer looked like and WONDERED how her program communicated with one that was the size of a building and located in another State.
During and preceding this time of building with INFORMATION that was INVISIBLE, yet very REAL, the teenage Christina couldn’t shake the sense that people, including herself, went through life thinking with two DIMENSIONS of information when there were actually three. She felt in the core of her being that the lack of the missing dimension and, even more importantly, the lack of AWARENESS that a dimension was missing, created a delusion of informational completeness, an error in EVERYDAY THINKING, that produced the behaviors she saw all around her that made no sense, beginning with the lie she witnessed as a young child. She did not know she was experiencing in life what PHILOSOPHERS identified 2,500 years ago in India, West Africa, and Greece as the source of ignorance and suffering and that Socrates said the fault ran so deep that it was best not to mention it in the public square. Today, anyone who has learned Christina’s methodology of applied I>E>S knows intimately what that third dimension is and how to ADD it to the other two, when it is missing.
Having a natural ability to conceptualize large amounts of information, seeing order and meaning and impact where others saw randomness, Christina could do nothing other than develop her ability more seriously when she entered college. She discovered the world of COMMUNICATION, MEANING-MAKING, and MEANING-TRANSMISSION and, with a passion for information that felt incomplete unless others could benefit, mentally mapped out a beginning structure for a search engine. When a professor told her such an inventory of information was impossible and would not have any practical use, Christina recognized in him the same way of PROCESSING INFORMATION, the content of his THOUGHTS, that she had seen in her high school math teacher. For Christina, his processing was fascinating, and more IMPORTANT than what he said.
When Christina was about to complete her undergraduate degree, she was asked to describe her dream career in a single and succinct sentence and wrote, “I would like to come up with BENEFICIAL IDEAS that other people can make happen.” Being told she had not properly identified a career, it was suggested that she consider getting a job with a think tank, though she would almost certainly first have to move to New York. Today, through the experiences and ACHIEVEMENTS of the thousands of PEOPLE who have learned from Christina, Christina’s dream career is no longer a dream but an everyday joy she personally experiences from the desert of Arizona where she lives and where she hopes to have an on-site location for a think tank, someday..
Continuing her fascination with thinking while in graduate school, Christina began to examine the thinking behind CHOICES as information contained in a SYSTEM that is governed by a LOGIC that impacts the processes of thinking, producing choices that MAKE SENSE. Given her fascination with STRUCTURAL MOVEMENT and FLOW of information, it is no surprise that Christina also enjoyed mentally calculating the impact of angles and spin on a billiard ball and played the game of pool whenever she could. While Christina was mapping out systems of information that produced BEHAVIORS, a mathematical representation of CHAOS THEORY caught her attention, explaining for her the tendency of people to create closed systems of information, disabling the potential to learn, precisely when their goal is to enact an open system to gain information, for example, when one person seeks out another person for communication and then interrupts that person because it seems like interrupting will save time.
Toward the end of Christina’s graduate school days, when coaching referred to a career in sports, before workplace wellness became an industry, and before interventions were organized around behavior change concepts, Christina received attention for her presentation of her RESEARCH findings on a population of people whose BEHAVIOR remained the same despite overwhelming EVIDENCE that a different CHOICE would give them a HEALTHIER, HAPPIER, MORE PRODUCTIVE life and ease or put an end to the pain their current choices produced. Christina’s research outlined and illustrated a PATTERN of thinking, a kind of logic, that seemed to produce learning when, in fact, it recycled information, prohibiting LEARNING and preventing NEW THINKING and an EXPANDED SENSE of what made sense. Christina would later realize she had outlined a pervasive pattern of thinking, not just a pathological one. She had outlined the S>E>I pattern of thinking that makes faulty thinking feel logical when thinking about PEOPLE, including oneself, by using two dimensions of thinking when there are three, creating a FIELD of informational incompleteness that feels complete, which makes a choice make sense even when EXPERIENCE says it doesn’t, and even when a part of you is saying to yourself there has to be a better way but you don’t know what it is.
Behind our recalcitrant problems is the TWO DIMENSIONAL THINKING Christina pondered as a teenager. Today, Christina describes it as "thinking without awareness of our processes of thinking, causing our thinking to feel right, even when it is wrong, and causing wrong thinking to persist, even when a part of us senses there has to be a better way." I>E>S APPLIED is the INTRINSIC SOLUTION; it actualizes noticing and valuing thinking-in-progress more than noticing and valuing content; it enables awareness-in-progress, and awareness when providing oversight, of impending and actual diminishment of INTRINSIC VALUE and knowledge of WHAT to do instead and HOW so that intrinsic value is included and preserved instead of overlooked and lost. Christina's I>E>S solution enables THREE DIMENSIONAL THINKING in a world that uses only two, especially when there is an end goal of developing, supporting, and getting things done for, with, and through people. It requires a little bit of time to learn but comparatively no time considering the benefit. Christina says, "I>E>S requires mentally looking in a different place for value, looking in a place that doesn't seem practical or even possible, at first. It requires making different choices, ones that make no sense at first, and then discovering that intrinsic valuing, often experienced as 'something special and rare that can't be explained' when experienced accidentally, is a PRACTICAL resource that makes everything work better, in ways that could not have been imagined, with brand NEW INFORMATION that could not have been predicted."
Christina’s I>E>S hierarchy is a hierarchy of information that utilizes the INTRINSIC DIMENSION of thinking to bring about INTRINSIC INFORMATION. It is an ADDITION that does not take additional time and a SKILL, not an explanation, and it corrects our thinking by making thinking that reduces intrinsic value FEEL wrong. It is SIMPLE once you know it. Ever present, ever changing, and as immediately accessible as the air we breathe, INTRINSIC thinking and VALUING is that simple something Christina sensed as a young child. Christina says, "Without I>E>S people unintentionally cause their own suffering; with I>E>S people cease to cause suffering that doesn’t need to be." As an intrinsic addition and intrinsic skill, it can only be learned EXPERIENTIALLY and can only be actualized through EXPERIENTIAL LEARNING because the awareness and skills to be gained are INTRINSIC. This can be a challenge in a world that persists in attempting to achieve INTRINSIC RESULTS with SYSTEMIC STRATEGIES, such as role-paying within a two day “intensive.” The prevalence of S>E>I is why this continues to make sense, though 40 years of replicated research shows it is a strategy that categorically does not work; two dimensional thinking in a three dimensional world obscures the difference between “seems” and “is” when the subject is PEOPLE. Christina says, "Intrinsic thinking and valuing is an INTRINSIC RESULT; intrinsic results require INTRINSIC STRATEGIES. Without an INTRINSIC LEARNING EXPERIENCE, intrinsic awareness, skills, and knowledge, decision-making about people and any use of the word “intrinsic” will be based on thinking that merely seems rational. Our people problems and our world problems will perpetuate and solutions, initiatives, and programs for people will continue to fail, not because the two dimensional thinking that is guided by S>E>I is in the intended recipient, though it likely is, but because the two dimensional thinking is in the DESIGNER of the solution and, therefore, in the DESIGN of the solution."
While the S>E>I hierarchy includes the intrinsic dimension - it must because the intrinsic dimension is ever present in life - it cannot utilize it. This is a MATHEMATICAL CERTAINTY in the same way that an 8 ounce container cannot utilize an ocean of water. Christina says, "Both I>E>S and S>E>I are based in math; I>E>S has the MATHEMATICAL ROOM for three dimensions of thinking and S>E>I does not. Unable to utilize the variables contained in the intrinsic dimension, S>E>I can only make itself useful by regarding INTRINSIC RESOURCES as intrinsic nuisances." Because I>E>S intentionally seeks out as a resource what S>E>I can only consider a nuisance, people who learn Christina’s work have the experience, at first, that Christina’s work is COUNTERINTUITIVE. Once learned, however, people often wonder why they didn’t SEE IT all along, having the experience that the intrinsic dimension of information is OBVIOUS, once you know where and how to LOOK. Once engaged, the value of INTRINSIC INFORMATION becomes immediately self-evident while also making practical thinking SMARTER and systemic thinking more APPROPRIATE. It is an EXPANSION of thinking that SAVES time, MAXIMIZES resources, and, once EXPERIENTIALLY learned, continues to produce BENEFITS that MULTIPLY from person to person for FREE.
MATH, SCIENCE, EXPERIENCE, and the LONGEVITY and CONTINUING EVOLUTION of Christina’s work give credence to its value as a NEW SOLUTION and also to those who, for many years, have called Christina a quiet visionary with a soft yet persistent voice that reveals acuity of perception and powerful prescience. With the emergence of COGNITIVE SCIENCE comes even more support that Christina’s INTRINSIC SOLUTION, a shift in thinking from S>E>I, a two dimensional logic that contains intrinsic information but cannot use it, to I>E>S, a capacity for better thinking that changes everything without disrupting anything other than the way you see the variables of the living world. Cognitive science also shows that Christina’s intrinsic solution brings not just the knowledge but also the HOW, making Christina’s solution the beginning of a new intelligence, INTRINSIC INTELLIGENCE. Brain studies say it can become a part of HUMANITY'S FUTURE. Given the extent of worldwide suffering that is unnecessary, perhaps it must be.
In a word, it's math. If you want an intrinsic solution you can count on, it has to contain the mathematics of what is intrinsic. It has to contain correct mathematical thinking about people.
I>E>S is correct mathematical thinking about people. To actualize it in your thinking and in your solutions, begin by finding out for yourself that “intrinsic” is information more than an emotion, quantity more than an explanation, and a number more than a word.
PHILOSOPHICAL APPROACHOur philosophy is I>E>S applied
- What enhances people as intrinsic beings, what enhances a person’s aliveness, is good.
- What diminishes people as intrinsic beings, what diminishes a person’s aliveness, is bad.
Corollaries of I>E>S applied
- What enhances people as intrinsic beings, what enhances a person’s aliveness, is the necessary starting point and the continuing framework for what is good.
- What diminishes people as intrinsic beings, what diminishes a person’s aliveness, is the unnecessary starting point and the continuing framework for what is bad.
I>E>S has a philosophical imperative
- For I>E>S to be dependably applied, awareness of, skill in, and knowledge about the “I” in I>E>S, the intrinsic dimension, is a human imperative, in that order of priorities. That is the intrinsic solution.
INTRINSIC SOLUTIONS, INTERNATIONAL
Increasing awareness of, skills for, and knowledge about the intrinsic dimension of people since 1998, Intrinsic Solutions, International is the evolution of Totally Coached, Inc. Our evolution comes from the continuing expansion in applications of our methodology's I>E>S, the hierarchy that best informs anything that is intended to be good for people.