Leary’s rose is an interaction model that is used for describing and influencing interaction. Its founder, Timothy Leary, was an American psychologist who led a large-scale investigation about the healing of psychiatric patients. He discovered that people’s reaction on certain behaviour can be predicted in some situations, and that behaviour evokes behaviour. In other words: by behaving in a certain way, you can steer other people’s behaviour.
In his model, there are two different axes: First you have the horizontal axis, which tells us something about the relationship with others (opposed versus together). Together means people can work together as a team, opposed signifies they don’t agree with each other. Then you have the vertical axis, where you see the attitude towards each other (above versus below). Above stands for dominant behaviour ( “I determine what you have to do”), below implies submissive behaviour (“I will do what you ask me”)
There are 8 different behaviours that thus arise: