The Structure of the African Personality.


Based on the previous chapter, a reasonable structure of African personality would be tripartite accounting for (1) unconscious biogenetic level constructs and (2) conscious level constructs involving mental-implicit behavior and (3) action level overt behaving. The mental-implicit and overt behaving must logically derive from or reflect the biogenetic if our scientific fiction (theory of personality) be internally consistent. The base of African personality can be seen as spiritualistic energy optimally actualized with rhythm extending self into the racial collective via the essential melanic system or otherwise melanin-related bodily mechanisms, particularly black dot/locus coeruleus. This base imbues not only an African beingness in the personality, but a teleological African becomingness as well. Both African being and becoming encompass implicit mental and overt behavioral phenomena that come along with parental biogenetic base. Thence the earlier definition--a biogenetically grounded (unconscious level) psychological Africanity meaning the self-conscious (mental-implicit level) prioritization of defending, developing and maintaining ADP's life, life chances and culture (overt behavior level)--makes sense.

For each of these three levels there is a correlative phylogenetic-based psycho-behavioral propensity. These are

  1. own-race bias (ORB)--correlative of the unconscious biogenetic level, ORB is an appetence meaning a natural, inherited trait or instinct based in evolution to be predisposed with a positive and survivalist orientation towards organisms with which the person shares biogenetic commonality relative to organisms of perceptively lesser biogenetic commonality;

  2. own-race preference (ORP)--correlative of the self-conscious mental-implicit level, a partiality or favorability towards organisms and/or artifacts associated with these organisms that share perceptively greater biogenetic commonality; and

  3. own-race maintenance (ORM)--correlative of the overt behaving level, a natural, inhered imperative of humans for the sustentation of organisms of biogenetic commonality relative to organisms of perceptively different or lesser biogenetic commonality. This is a positive bias towards the biogenetically common and not an anti-bias towards the more biogenetically dissimilar.

The relationship between these psycho-behavioral manifestations is that ORP and ORM derive from ORB. ORM derives directly as it inheres with ORB. But, ORP evolved in response to the expanded role of consciousness brought on by evolution of the cerebral cortex in homo sapiens sapiens. In turn, this required the unconscious, biogenetically-based dictates of African personality--synopsized under the ORB term--most likely present in "Lucy" and the australopithecines and the later homo habilis family be transposed to the level of consciousness. With that realized and foremost developed in sapienization, the cognitive as opposed to the biogenetic base of ORP has become preeminent in directing the personality. That has afforded a double-edged sword: the beauty of human psychological functioning itself along with, however, the possibility of negativity like prejudice, ethnocentrism, underdevelopment or disordered development to enter via socialization and physical and social ecologies.

In the present theory, the tripartite structure consists of constructs called the inner core, outer core and action. The corresponding psycho-behavioral referents again are ORB, ORP and ORM, respectively. The inner core refers to the bodily parts and mechanisms through which six biogenetic constructs operate. Nominally, these six biogenetic constructs comprising the inner core are spiritualistic energy, rhythm, I-Me-We nexus of selfhood, essential melanic system, black dot/locus coeruleus, and a set of seven traits. These six biogenetic constructs may be thought of as acting through the inner core or housed or enfolded in or by the inner core construct. (Though the black dot/locus coeruleus is a documented entity, it is used as a construct here in terms of its purported personological function.) The inner core, it was just alluded to, is also responsible for the seven African personality traits. According to Baldwin (1981) these traits are overlapping and integrated as a function of spiritualistic energy and neuromelanin. They are affect-symbolic imagery synthesis (the synthesizing of words and objects with affect/feelings to convey meaning), multidimensional-polysense perceptual orientedness (reliance on equivalent-interacting and interdependent multiple modes of sensory acuity including proprioceptive processes, tactile, olfactory, taste, auditory and visual sensory systems), ebonics (the unique nature of the...

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