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DIAMOND­DOUGHKID / 004: The RISE system in child-rearing

Our system is called RISE, which is an acronym composed of the four main personality types: Ruler-Individual-Supporter-Expert. Like every system, RISE is characterised by typification; it forms boxes. It is a problem for a lot of people because it is hard for them to accept that they or their children were put in one of the four boxes. I would not take it very well either. Currently (there is constant development), RISE can distinguish 112.68 quintillion variations in the personality categories alone, which means that there are boxes here as well, but they are really tiny and indicate precisely assessed personalities for people and their children. The four main personalities are the starting point. There are scales from 1 to 10 that show to what extent a certain personality factor is present in a person. The original, present, and idol personalities are defined on more scales from 1 to 10. The results are assigned to generational groups of 4-year periods. We can say that people get a concrete point on a complex psychological map, so findings about them are pretty customised.

We have been building up and expanding RISE’s knowledge for 21 years; however, we did not find it important to name the system. We used it for our own work, meaning projects related to business development, organisational development, and team development. We did not release it and did not focus on any kind of market entry. In the beginning, the topic of parenting was not in our minds, and we had no connection with that profession. Nevertheless, my private mentoring career has always been characterised by the fact that those partners who became successful during our cooperation always expected more from me. That is how a business development empire – I think using this word is not an exaggeration – was built up around us as well. First, I undertook business strategy consulting only when a company leader asked me whether it would be possible to develop his management with the methods that worked for him. We started to look for recognised experts in the field, developed the programme, and began training the management on a trial basis. When test results proved that the programme was effective, we turned it into a product, and we were more confident to recommend it to the new partners as well. How is it connected to child-rearing? The field of child analysis developed in our company the following way. One of my private mentees asked me the question 16 years ago if we could analyse his children with the help of our system because he wanted to have a clear picture of them, just like the pictures he got of himself, his wife, management, and colleagues. Back then, we had been working together for 5 years and had achieved considerable success together. As a person, he was also very important to me. He still is. So, we started the usual mechanism and looked for the first child psychologist. Our first basic child test was ready a year later, which means that RISE child analysis dates back 15 years. We constantly examined the information defined by the personality analysis and traced it. It was not complicated because we dealt with my private mentee’s children. We had discussions on a monthly basis. We knew if there was an important event, if he got a piece of advice, we immediately had a report about its practical implementation. This process was not stoppable anymore because more and more people recommended the tests. When I started to write this book, I had a huge amount of data to work with. It is rare and unique worldwide, according to my team’s research.

RISE child analysis test environment

Number of children in RISE test environment 1 043
Number of assessments in the test environment 3 962
Number of children analysed at KID age (4-8) 1 076
Number of children analysed at YOUTH age (9-15) 1 672
Number of children analysed at JUNIOR (16-26) age 1 884
Number of life events according to parents’ reports 103 088

We have an accurate database of the personalities of 1043 children. We analysed them in each of the three phases of RISE childhood: KID (4-8), YOUTH (9-15) and JUNIOR (16-). We collected the main life events based on parents’ reports, including starting kindergarten, choosing a school and its educational consequences, arrival of a younger sibling, admittance to university, or the loss of an important match as an athlete. Numbers show that more assessments were added to the age groups. In the YOUTH phase, the parenting guide was written based on the analyses of 1672 children, including the 1043 children whose development was traced from the KID age. When I started to write this book, the database contained 103,088 life events and their results, personality-based consequences, and conclusions. It does not mean that we analysed so many children. The number of the analysed children is 10,000, but we cannot uphold a relationship of this level with all the parents.
People of different origins and genders contributed to the development of the system, and they worked on one subtask in every case. That is how we upheld the system’s constant dynamism. We did not want to get stuck with an ideology or set boundaries because of a given expert’s limit of knowledge. Thinking back, I believe we acted in the right way. Although development is slower, we are moving forward with greater certainty. We cannot make mistakes when we deal with children. The different fields, like psychology, social research, sociology, generational research, and database management, are hermetically sealed from one other. That is how we can be sure that they work independently, without influencing each other. The system’s most important element is the test environment. In the case of children, that is the 1043 traceable children. Out of them, the oldest one is 29, while the youngest is 5 years old. When the team of experts comes out with a fantastic theory, we test it in the RISE child test environment. This process usually takes a year because we correct the tests, conclusions, and recommendations based on constant feedback. When we finish that, a new assessment aspect, a new recommendation can be introduced to the parents. In light of this, I think it is unnecessary to explain the difference between a bad psychologist, a very good one, and the RISE system. People can decide which one they entrust their children’s life to. According to the truly modern way of thinking and my recommendation, a system cannot replace a really good psychologist, and it is true the other way around. However, they can significantly support each other. As a result, RISE has also become a kind of “litmus test” of a psychologist’s professionalism. Good psychologists use it and consider it as a basis on which they can build up their truly perfect recipes. Together with constant counselling, they can completely exploit the system. Bad psychologists mainly regard a system like that as an enemy because they are not driven by a devotion to their job. In this case, a good system can be a real danger because if someone is not outstandingly good in counselling, a smart system unequivocally replaces them. Several psychologists working in academic systems will be right: they will not be needed.

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