This Blog site content contains information I have used to help me in depth conversations with others keeping informed on the latest suggestions concerning my ethical behaviours in my service work.  Content analysis of context and review of ethical postures helps me makes decisions in moral dilemmas.  Everything is simply complex, so I need tools to help me along in my calling and service to others.  

Originally, this information was posted in Forum on September 12, 2012 @ 7:25am in Depth Psychology General and below is the log of posts submitted there.  The "old" forum discussions "Conversational Levels" has been deleted and this Blog site opened in it's place. 

Good morning - This is my first Forum Post, encouraged by Bonnie, so here is my search.  Back in the 1990's I took a text out of the U of Calgary Library and it was so good concerning a Jungian descriptor of the 5 Levels of Conversation, I made two pages of notes, but unfortunately for me, I did not write the source - title, authors name, etc. in my notes.....these notes have recently re-emerged and I do want to write an article on this wonderful I do need to reference the source.

The five levels are:  Formal Operations, Contact Maintenance, Standard Conversations, Critical Occasions and Intimacy.  My memory recall is that this text was named 'Depth Psychology,' however, this could be wishful thinking on my part for I know this text is responsible for my strong affinity towards Jungian Psychology in the first place. 

Bonnie and I have completed initial searches and come up empty handed - this source appears to be a mystery and if you have the time or this above descriptor triggers recall of this conversational level material in any text that anyone in the community is aware of, I shall be indebted to get back to my conversational text - roots.  Thanks for reading and helping.  Regards Linda  

Reply by Bonnie Bright on September 21, 2012 at 2:48am

Hi everyone. Can you help Linda here? There are so many of us (almost 1600!) here in the Alliance community. I hope someone is familiar with this info! Good luck, Linda!

Reply by Linda AK Thompson, PhD on September 22, 2012 at 1:49pm


Hi Bonnie - thank you for the cue to all to help me find this source.  Much appreciated.  Regards Linda 

Reply by Linda AK Thompson, PhD on October 10, 2012 at 11:38am


Good afternoon fellow Forum followers - I decided to post another comment as the deadline to create an article on the 5 conversational levels is fast approaching and the source still remains a mystery.  I am thrilled to see conversation got 18 views.  I recently wondered about texts concerning 'content analysis’, which along with depth remain mainstays of my use/analysis of spoken words/ language - gist of narratives. 

I will transcribe the notes I made in the nineties and post the article on the current Blog I am an author on, committed to.  Hopefully, Bonnie will want to read this article and consider posting it somewhere within DPA.  I shall dream of finding this conversation source!  Have a great day.  Regards Linda

Reply by Bonnie Bright on October 10, 2012 at 1:00pm

The article sounds great, Linda. Thanks for doing it and let us know where we can find it once it's done.

Reply by Linda AK Thompson, PhD 5 hours ago


Cutting + Pasting the content from the other discussion site [same topic area] to keep it all in one place.  Deleting the other discussion site now - I hope:

Reply by Linda AK Thompson, PhD on February 9, 2015 at 7:33am


Good morning - my update is lost and I learned an invaluable comment lesson...when I am creating a new comment in the discussion forum, I need to send it and not click "Preview."  My recall of the update content is the decision to search the net for articles, which may help me re-create another, but combine both the Conversations Levels [unknown author/text] with Stages of Ethical Judgments [the other 1 pager word map [also an unknown author/text resource], utilized while I scribed my dissertation, plus when I faced, worked through the multitude of moral dilemmas inherent in the field of trauma counseling.

The 3 articles that caught my attention and may help me merge the 2 word maps from the 90's are:

1) What Do Blog Readers Think [ethics about ghost blog writers] @

2) New Research on ethics presented @ AEJMC Conference

3) Gilligan-Kohlberg Controversy by Leena Kakkori @ [it appears this is where the stages of ethical judgments in caring comes from - both of these writers].

Found this image on my goggle page yesterday and I wonder what words describe this pictorial view of the mind?

Have a great day.  Regards Linda


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Reply by Linda AK Thompson, PhD on March 13, 2013 at 1:21pm


Good afternoon - I finally submitted an article about the 5 levels of conversation that was split by the editor and published in the following noted Counsellor Connect Blog  Site and  

I submit the entire article to DPA with the hope that someone will know the original author/source of this wonderful material, which I condensed a long time ago, and used during work with clients [surviving traumatic lifetime events] to provide them with a framework of depth conversations that transpire during trauma counselling.

Thank you for your time and help.  Regards Linda


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Reply by Linda AK Thompson, PhD 20 hours ago



I share the following resource with the DPA community.  This tool was created in 1990’s, during my PhD process in preparation and for professional use in my Collision + Conflict: Policy + Procedures, for my private practice, Nursing Counselling Services [NCS 1990 – 2013].  Unfortunately, I did not record the author or source used to create this tool.  If anyone is familiar with the content and knows the author or source, please let me know.  Thank you.

STAGE 1 - PUNISHMENT ORIENTATION:  Basic and functional where decision-making is defined by external factors.  Behavior is governed by sanctions and physical consequences for the helper.  Reasoning is absolute and fundamental with the belief in punishment for bad behavior.  In other words, while engaging in bad behavior one knows they could get caught and it is OK to engage in the behavior until one gets caught.  This is the first phase of moral development.

STAGE 2 – INSTITUTIONAL ORIENTATIONS:  Public exposure and press is present where making decisions is defined by the rules and policies of the particular institution.  Right decisions are dependent upon the expectations of authority and one is expected to tow the line without question.  A hierarchy, paternalistic structure, dominates helpers.

STAGE 3 – SOCIETAL ORIENTATION:  Status quo and the “acceptable, dominant cultural norms,” full of deviant disapproval matters.  Decisions re defined by “ideals” about the general welfare of society at large and the approval of others.  When the individual and society are in conflict, the individual becomes secondary – sacrificial, statistically.  The helper follows the established social welfare mandate.

STAGE 4 – INDIVIDUAL ORIENTATION:  Safety, duty and righteous bound where decisions are defined internally.  Judgments are based on what is best for the individual, although concern for laws and societal welfare remains, they are secondary to the welfare of the individual so that their needs are met.

STAGE 5 – PRINCIPLE OR CONSCIENCE ORIENTATION:  Persona and professional with spiritual beliefs are internalized where decisions are defined by the individual’s sense of conscience and justice.  This is a strong stance of a consistent “internal” ethical code where principles are upheld without regard to external pressures, consequences, or situational factors.  There is an implied understanding of the principles underlying one’s professional or service work codes of behaviors.  The helper is at risk when there is a collision between professional and personal principles or parties; however, human regard and dignity prevails.

During service provision, I aim high for 5th level of conversation and ethical orientation for the people I typically served have already fallen through their family and governmental systems cracks  Truly a road full of shock and awe, wonder and mystery that requires strong faith, and my repeated NDE's certainly provided me with lots of experience in these realms expediting my triune development.   

Peace + Love Linda


Linda AK Thompson, PhD + Darlene B Viggiano, PhD