The Fish Bias

The Fish Bias/The Hunter

Definition: The Fish Bias is a partially free agent. They are free in that they have the ability to navigate themselves with or against FLOW. Their freedom is limited because this bias focuses primarily upon immediate personal needs. Fish are primarily reactive to forces within flow but can also be proactive hunters.

General Framework: Fish have a mixed bag of scripts that create much diversity. Some create the experience of being a small fish in a big scary sea, while other scripts create the experience of being a strong powerful fish. For the fish, the goal is not FLOW, but winning, accomplishment, performance, and power in a competitive environment. Survival is hunting, climbing, and outdoing all others. The Fish Bias derives an identity in their accomplishments, peers and status. The Fish bias can be highly defensive or highly offensive or a mix of the two. The Fish Bias knows that things are not always black and white, and it possesses the power to influence their surroundings. They have an internal locus of control.

Relationship to FLOW: The Fish Bias is often too preoccupied to notice the effects of FLOW until it creates a dire or painful situation. The Fish bias can move with or against the currents that surround them and therefore do not think much of what is happening. Fish define FLOW as an unknown force that can be controlled for personal gain.

Worldview: A Fish Bias will tend to see the world something to be mastered, plundered, or taken for personal gain. The rising self-awareness and personal sense of power have enabled the Fish bias to gain far more resources for themselves than they could by clinging to an institution. This creates a myopia that positions the Fish against everything through the lens of competition. Everything is competition, performance, attainment. Each success deepens their self-reliance and self-focus. Fish have a higher engagement with surroundings but usually not high enough to override the bias toward plundering available resources.

High/Low: At lower levels, the Fish bias uses one’s power and energy in defensive plays, using only enough energy to satisfy needs and stay safe. Fish will swim in a swarm but interpersonal engagement is not very deep or binding. Low level Fish cannot see far beyond themselves and use others to gain advantages for themselves lacking concern for others.

At higher levels, Fish use strategy and offensive plays to utilize the forces within FLOW to maximize their success and personal gain. As the Fish bias gains consciousness, they desire to use their power and freedom to contribute to causes beyond themselves. Fish can then work together for the sake of the entire school. This is when they are closest to a higher experience of FLOW.

Relationships: The primary way the Fish bias relates is through competition. The Fish bias has self-awareness, but by default also has a strong sense of otherness. Fish will make and keep friends so long as there is a commensurate amount of benefit to the friendship. They may swim in big schools or small ones, or be isolated, but their engagement tends not to be too deep.

Transformation: Fish are closer in proximity to transformation than other biases, but are least likely to desire transformation, especially if change will reduce the amount of resources they can gather or possess. Transformation for the Fish requires a shift from scarcity to abundance, from competition to collaboration, and from independence to interdependence. Transformation for the Fish is gaining a new identity which may not be of much interest. Fish will try and morph transformation into a transaction which they can control. True change will manifest itself as humility, service, and integration.

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