Each mode is described by six key adjectives that capture as far as possible the full meaning. It is these adjectives that form the basis for the questionnaire in the TIFF© tool. In order to use the Functional Fluency model, you need to understand the nature of the modes and how human beings use them.
It is helpful to consider the four Social Responsibility modes together. They are often referred to as the four ‘Being in Charge Modes’.
These modes are about how we use our energy on behalf of others. This includes how we take charge of ourselves. The vital question is, "Do people benefit or suffer from our ways of guiding and directing and of looking after people?"
How do we give guidance and care to others and ourselves? How do we use our authority? Do we empower or dis-empower? Do we cherish or harm with our caring?
The two elements of Care and Control each have a positive effective and a negative ineffective mode.
Accounting is an internal activity. We operate Accounting mode inside our head, heart and guts. The term ‘Accounting’ is a double metaphor. There are two aspects. The first is the taking into account of all that we see, hear, feel and gather through our other senses and know from intuition and experience. The second aspect is the making of sense of all this so that it is of use to us realistically in the here and now for deciding what to do next. It is part of the construction of our ongoing unique inner story – or ‘account’
These are ways of behaving concerned with identity - how I express myself as the person I am and how I impact on my environment. These modes are about how I use energy on my own behalf, both for doing my own thing in my own way and for getting along with others.
The two Socialised Element Modes have been learned in response to earlier environmental, especially social demands, while the two Natural Self Modes both have free-flowing, uncensored behaviours. Each element has a positive effective and a negative ineffective mode.