Expanded Bibliography for Spiral Dynamics by Alex Burns        Posted 06.04.01

The BEIGE vMEME SurvivalSense The Instinctive vMEME

survival senses and deep brain systems

Automatic, autistic, reflexive

Centers around satisfaction of human biological needs

Driven by deep brain programs, instincts, and genetics

Little awareness of self as a distinct being (undifferentiated)

Lives Ďoff the landí much as other animals

Minimal impact or control over environment

Atmospherics (Philip Kotler)

Birth Order

COEX - Systems of Condensed Experience. (Stanislav Grof)

Early Childhood Development (Jean Piaget)

Ethology/Imprinting (Konrad Lorenz)

Evolutionary Psychology

Eye Movement Desensitization Reprocessing (Francine Shapiro)


Killer Ape Hypothesis (Richard Leakey)

Neuronal Selection Hypothesis (Gerald Edelman)

Perinatal Matrices (Nathan Fodor, Stanislav Grof)

Primal Therapy (Arthur Janov)

Punctuated Equilibrium Hypothesis (Stephen Jay Gould)

Reactive Consciousness (Jenny Wade)

Selfish Gene Hypothesis (Richard Dawkins)

The Implicate Order (David Bohm)

Treatment Models (Alzheimers, Autism, Post-traumatic Stress Syndrome, Schizophrenia)

American Journal of Diseases of Children

Child Development

Child Welfare


Ethology & Sociobiology

Hormones & Behavior

Infant Behavior & Development

Journal of Child Language

Journal of Child Psychology and Psychiatry

Journal of Experimental Child Psychology

Memory and Cognition




Perception & Psychophysics

Perceptual & Motor Skills


Schizophrenia Bulletin

Robert Ardrey. The Territorial Imperative. New York: Atheneum, 1966.

Jean M. Auel. The Clan of the Cave Bear. New York: Bantam Books, 1982.

____. The Valley of Horses. New York: Crown Publications, 1982.

____. The Mammoth Hunters. New York: Bantam Books, 1986.

____. The Plains of Passage. New York: Bantam Books, 1991.

J.G. Ballard. Crash. London: Cape, 1973.

____. Concrete Island. London: Cape, 1974.

____. High-Rise. London: Cape, 1975.

John Brady. Biological Clocks. London: Edward Arnold, 1979.

____. Biological Timekeeping. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1982.

David M. Buss. The Dangerous Passion: Why Jealousy Is As Dangerous As Love and Sex. New York: The Free Press, 2000.

Antonio Damasio. Descartesí Error: Emotion, Reason, and the Human Brain. New York: G.P. Putnam, 1994.

____. The Feeling of What Happens: Body and Emotion in the Making of Consciousness. New York: Harcourt Brace, 1999.

Terrence Deacon. The Symbolic Species: The Co-evolution of Language and the Brain. New York: W.W. Norton & Co, 1997.

Jared Diamond. The Rise and Fall of the Third Chimpanzee: How Our Animal Heritage Affects the Way We Live. New York: Vintage Books, 1991.

Helen Fisher. Anatomy of Love: The Natural History of Monogamy, Adultery, and Divorce. New York: Simon & Schuster, 1992.

Brenda Fowler. Iceman: Uncovering the Life and Times of a Prehistoric Man Found in an Alpine Glacier. New York: Random House, 2000.

Julian Jaynes. The Origin of Consciousness in the Breakdown of the Bicameral Mind (revised edition). Boston, MA: Houghton Mifflin, 1990.

Mark Johnson. The Body in the Mind: The Bodily Basis of Meaning, Imagination, and Reason. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 1990.

Erazim Kohaz. The Embers and the Stars: A Philosophical Inquiry into the Moral Sense of Nature. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 1993.

George Lakoff. Women, Fire, and Dangerous Things: What Categories Reveal About the Mind. Chicago: Chicago University Press, 1987.

Richard Leakey and Robert Lewin. Origins Reconsidered: In Search of What Makes Us Human. New York: Doubleday, 1992.

Sim C. Liddon. The Dual Brain, Religion, and the Unconsciousness. Buffalo, New York: Prometheus Books, 1989.

Gay Gaer Luce. Body Time. New York: Bantam Books, 1971.

Susanna Millar. Understanding and Representing Space: Theory and Evidence from Blind Children. New York: Oxford University Press, 1995.

Stephen Mithuen. The Prehistory of Mind: The Cognitive Origins of Art, Religion, and Science. New York: Thames & Hudson, 1996.

Margaret Morton. The Underground Homeless of New York City (Architecture of Despair). New Haven: Yale University Press, 1996.

D.L. Schachter. Searching for Memory. New York: Basic Books, 1996.

Francine Shapiro and Margot Silk Forrest. EMDR: The Breakthrough Therapy for Overcoming Anxiety, Stress, and Trauma. New York: Basic Books, 1998.

Frank J. Sulloway. Born to Rebel: Birth Order, Family Dynamics, and Creative Lives. New York: Pantheon Books, 1996.

Jennifer Toth. The Mole People: Life in the Tunnels Beneath New York City. Chicago Ill: Chicago Review Press, 1993.

Robert Wright. The Moral Animal: The New Science of Evolutionary Psychology. New York: Pantheon, 1994.

The PURPLE vMEME KinSpirits The Clannish vMEME

animistic beliefs, tribal orders, harmony, and superstitions

Obey desires of the mystical spirit beings

Show allegiance to elders, custom, clan

Preserve sacred places, objects, rituals

Bond together to endure and find safety

Live in an enchanted, magical village

Seek harmony with natureís power

Classical Conditioning (Ivan Pavlov)

Mythical Anthropology (James Frazier, Joseph Campbell, Lynn Thorndike)

Naive Consciousness (Jenny Wade)

Symbolic Geography

Joseph Campbell. The Hero with a Thousand Faces. New York: Meridian Books, 1949.

____. The Masks of God (4 volumes). New York: Viking Press, 1959-68.

____. Myths To Live By. London: Paladin Books, 1972.

Joseph Campbell with Bill Moyers. The Power of Myth. New York: Doubleday, 1988.

Mantak Chia with Michael Winn. Taoist Secrets of Love: Cultivating Male Sexual Energy. Aurora Press, 1984.

Mantak Chia and Manewaan Chia. Healing Love Through Tao: Cultivating Female Sexual Energy. Healing Tao Books, 1991.

Wade Davis. The Serpent and the Rainbow. New York: Warner Books, 1987.

Paul Devereaux. The Long Trip: A Prehistory of Psychedelia. New York: Penguin USA, 1997.

Mircea Eliade. Cosmos and History: The Myth of the Eternal Return. New York: Harper & Row, 1959.

Black Elk with John G. Neihardt. Black Elk Speaks: Being the Life Story of a Holy Man of the Oglala Sioux. New York: Pocket Books, 1972.

James Frazier. The Golden Bough: A Study in Magic and Religion, 3rd edition. (13 volumes). London: Macmillan, 1911-1915 [1890].

F. Goodman. Where the Spirits Ride the Wind: Trance States and Other Ecstatic Experiences. Indiana University Press, 1990.

Madison Grant. The Passing of the Great Race. New York: Arnoís Press, 1970 [1916].

Robert Graves. The White Goddess: A Historical Grammar of Poetic Myth (4th edition). London: Faber & Faber, 1961.

Doris-Louise Haineault. Unconsciousness For Sale: Advertising, Psychoanalysis, and the Public. MN: University of Minneapolis Press, 1993.

H.P. Lovecraft. The Dunwich Horror & Others. Sauk City, Wisconsin: Arkham House, 1963.

____. Dagon & Other Macabre Tales. Sauk City, Wisconsin: Arkham House, 1963.

____. The Mountains of Madness & Others. Sauk City, Wisconsin: Arkham House, 1963.

____. Tales of the Cthulhu Mythos (4 volumes). Sauk City, Wisconsin: Arkham House, 1963.

Charles Panati. Sacred Origins of Profound Things. New York: Penguin USA, 1996.

Louis Pauwels and Jacques Bergier. The Morning of the Magicians. New York: Avon Books, 1968.

Sal Randazzo. The Mythmakers: How Advertisers Apply the Power of Classic Myths and Symbols to Create Modern Day Legends. Chicago: Probus Press, 1995.

Trevor Ravenscroft. The Spear of Destiny. New York: G.P. Putnamís Sons, 1973.

Louis Sarno. Songs from the Forest: My Life Among the Ba-Benelle Pygmies. Boston: Houghton Mifflin, 1993.

Lynn Thorndike. A History of Magic and Experimental Science (8 volumes). New York: Columbia University Press, 1923-58.

Colin Turnball. The Forest People. New York: Simon & Schuster, 1961.

J.R.R. Tolkien. The Lord of the Rings (3 volumes). London: Allen & Unwin, 1954-1955.

Marina Warner. No Go The Bogeyman: Scaring, Lulling, and Making Mock. New York: Farrar Straus & Giroux, 1999.

The RED vMEME PowerGods The Egocentric vMEME

egocentric personalities, empire structures, power-centered leadership approaches

In a world of haves and have-nots, itís good to be a have

Avoid shame, defend reputation, be respected

Gratify impulses and senses immediately

Fight remorselessly and without guilt to break constraints

Donít worry about consequences that may not come

Colonial Management

Egocentric Consciousness (Jenny Wade)

Gothic/Noir Satanism (Anton LaVey)

Operant Conditioning (B.F. Skinner)

Positive Discipline

Social Darwinism (Herbert Spencer)

Tough Love

Journal of Adolescent Research

Rolling Stone

John Lee Anderson. Che Guevera: A Revolutionary Life. New York: Grove Press, 1997.

Peter Biskind. Easy Riders, Raging Bulls: How the Sex-Drugs-and-Rock-ĎNí-Roll Generation Saved Hollywood. New York: Simon & Schuster, 1998.

Edward George and Dary Matera. Taming the Beast: Charles Mansonís Life Behind Bars. New York: St. Martinís Press, 1998.

James R. Hepworth and Gregory McNamee (ed.). Resist Much, Obey Little: Remembering Ed Abbey. Sierra Club Books, 1996.

Sam Hill and Glenn Rifkin. Radical Marketing: From Harvard to Harley: Lessons from the Ten that Broke the Rules and Made It Big. New York: HarperBusiness, 1999.

E.J. Carroll. Hunter: The Strange and Savage Life of Hunter S. Thompson. New York: Simon & Schuster, 1993.

Christopher S. Hyatt. Rebels and Devils: The Psychology of Liberation. New Falcon Press, 1996.

Yusuf Jah (ed.). Uprising: Crips and Bloods Tell the Story of Americaís Youth in the Crossfire. New York: Touchstone Books, 1995.

Anton LaVey. The Satanic Bible. New York: Avon Books, 1969.

___. The Satanic Rituals. New York: Avon Books, 1972.

___. The Satanic Witch. Los Angeles: Feral House, 1989.

Marilyn Manson with Neil Strauss. The Long Hard Road Out of Hell. New York: HarperCollins, 1998.

Frank Miller. Batman: The Dark Knight Returns. New York: DC Comics, 1987.

Henry Rollins. Get in the Van: On the Road with Black Flag. Los Angeles: 2.13.61 Publications, 1996.

Andrew Ross. The Chicago Gangster Theory of Life. New York: Verso Books, 1995.

Jon Savage. Englandís Dreaming: Anarchy, Sex Pistols, Punk Rock, and Beyond. New York: St. Martinís Press, 1992.

David Schneider. Street Zen: The Life and Work of Issan Dorsey (2nd edition). Marlowe & Co, 2000.

Nick Skellon. Corporate Combat: The Art of Market Warfare on the Business Battlefield. San Francisco: Nicholas Brealey, 2000.

Danny Sugarman and Jerry Hopkins. No One Here Gets Out Alive (revised edition). New York: Warner Books, 1995.

Hunter S. Thompson. Hellís Angels: A Strange and Terrible Saga. New York: Random House, 1967.

____. Fear & Loathing in Las Vegas: A Savage Journey to the Heart of the American Dream. New York: Warner Books, 1971.

____. Fear & Loathing: On the Campaign Trail í72. San Francisco: Straight Arrow Books, 1973.

Debra Koontz Traverso. Outsmarting Goliath: How to Achieve Equal Footing with Companies that Are Bigger, Richer, Older, and Better Known. Bloomberg Press, 2000.

G. Tremmett. David Bowie: Life on the Brink. New York: Carroll and Graf, 1997.

Al Ries and Jack Trout. Marketing Warfare. New York: McGraw-Hill, 1986.

The BLUE vMEME TruthForce The Purposeful vMEME

moral compasses and authoritarian structures

Find meaning and purpose in living

Sacrifice self to the Way for deferred reward

Bring order and stability to all things

Control compulsivity and respond to guilt

Enforce principles of righteous living

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