Beginning with the quadrants (see Figure 1), AQAL contains the upper left (UL) or Interior-Individual (intentional); the upper right (UR) or Exterior-Individual (behavioral); the lower left (LL), Interior-Collective (cultural); and the lower right (LR), Exterior-Collective (Social).
For our purpose of discussing sexuality, and perhaps more specifically, masculinity, it is a contention that the quadrants of AQAL will allow the subjective and objective qualities of sexuality to be explored, explained, and better understood by all scientists and laypersons alike.
Erikson's) of self/identity development as foundational, AQAL more comprehensively addresses development by including other aspects related to human experience and growth.
Within the AQAL model a person's identity or self-concept based constructs (including the importance of gender or sexuality-related concerns) are conceived as developmentally driven and progressively unfolding through stages of deeper and higher growth.
As presented, AQAL captures the self as an independent line of development progressing hierarchically (laterally) and simultaneously possessing various horizontal identifiers or types at every/any level that can manifest as healthy or diseased.
Although sexual preference/orientation can certainly be used to better describe someone (horizontally) on the surface, to authentically surmise that someone's depth or level of sexual-self development, the AQAL model insists that other considerations such as biological sex (from the upper right quadrant), gender-role elements (lower left and lower right), and the explicit meaning (upper left) given to these connections by individuals themselves are honored.
From examining the four quadrant figures, one may notice that one's level of sexual self-navigated development (or sexual intelligence) is inherently and simultaneously captured across AQAL regardless of type (i.
To reiterate, AQAL allows for the simultaneous exploration and examination of these "problematic" phenomena because they all exist within a quadrant, level, line, state, and/or type.