I remember that there is a matrix in my textbook when I studied the basic psychology in colleage. The four 4 quadrants are 1) self is good and the outside world is also good; 2) self is evil but the outside is good; 3) self is good but the outside is evil; 4) self is evil and the outside is also evil. I have searched it for days but cannot find it.

Could anyone please tell me what that matrix is? Thanks!


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This may not totally match your description (the person's worldview, the evilness of the viewed objects), but it's quite analogous to the table of style of attachment, so I put it here.

I do notice that the major topic in the attachment theory is about relationship, while the topics in your description seem to be about moral in general, but I suspect that yours discusses about interpersonal relationships as well.

The image is captured from the book Interpersonal Communication: Everyday Encounters, 8th Edition. The original research is Butzer & Campbell, 2008.

One minor note: I see that many people use the word "matrix" as a synonym of "table". Technically, a matrix is a table of numbers, but not a table of ideas.

  • $\begingroup$ OK, great, thanks. I borrowed "matrix" from "Eisenhower Matrix". $\endgroup$
    – Lnz
    Apr 5, 2019 at 10:43

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