When I began college I was very much a rule follower and was in the strict Dualism mode that Perry (1970/1990) discusses. There was a clear right and wrong. I obeyed my parents and even more so my grandparents. I set up a very structured schedule for myself and moved forward. Then Multiplicity came.
Multiplicity was a theme for me the entire time in college. As the book discussed in early multiplicity that a person realizes that life is not fair and that you may do everything that you should and a person may still not get the result they wanted. This happened to me time and again in college to a point where I thought I was just not cut out to go to college. It seemed that every time I turned around there was a barrier. These barriers consisted of taking the classes my advisor told me to only to find out that they were the wrong classes. At one point in my college career I had to change colleges just to get the classes I needed int hat semester due to going to class the first day and 3 of them were cancelled due to lack of instructor. During this two years I questioned everything I was doing. I reevaluated the “just world” (learner, 1980) I was living in and came close to giving up. However, I did not. I persevered and received my degree and am certainly better off for it.
By the end of my college years I had been in several social service positions and learned a lot about how the systems work and could distinguish between competent case workers and non competent. I could relate my experiences and knowledge and felt like I had reached what the book refers to as Contextual Relativism.
Markers that assist in making and shaping someones philosophy of thinking can include big life events where the individual has either a negative or positive repression to the event. Talking with people that they have close relationships with