By knowing a man’s level on the scale, much can be determined about his attitudes, behavior and survival potential.
0.05 to 2.0
When a man is nearly dead, he can be said to be in chronic apathy. And he behaves in certain specific ways. This is 0.05 on the Tone Scale chart.
When a man is chronically sad about his losses, he is in grief. And, once again, he behaves in a predictable manner. This is 0.5 on the chart.
When a person is not yet so low as grief but realizes losses are impending he is in fear and around 1.0 on the chart.
Just above fear, past or impending losses generate hatred in the person. However, he dare not express this as such, so the hatred comes forth covertly. This is 1.1, covert hostility.
An individual fighting against threatened losses is in anger and manifests predictable aspects of behavior. This is 1.5.
The person who is merely suspicious that loss may take place or who has become fixed at this level, is resentful. He is in antagonism, which is 2.0 on the chart.
2.0 to 4.0
Above antagonism, a person’s situation is not good enough for him to be enthusiastic, not bad enough for him to be resentful. He has lost some goals and cannot immediately locate others. He is said to be in boredom or at 2.5 on the Tone Scale chart.
At 3.0 on the chart, a person has a conservative, cautious aspect toward life but is reaching his goals.
At 4.0 the individual is enthusiastic, happy and vital.
Very few people are naturally at 4.0 on the Tone Scale. A charitable average is probably around 2.8.
Chronic versus Acute Tone
This scale has a chronic or an acute aspect. A person can be brought down the Tone Scale to a low level for ten minutes and then go back up. Or he can be brought down for ten years and not go back up.
A man who has suffered too many losses and too much pain tends to become fixed at some lower level of the scale and, with only slight fluctuations, stays there. Then his general and common behavior will be at that level of the Tone Scale.