I have a problem with additional story points in the MC throughline.
Now, I understand that focus and direction are (symptom / treatment) elements in the OS. What catches the attention of the characters and what they set out to do for it.
How do these two story points apply in the MC throughline, though?
The theory says, “the decision as to whether or not to change is intimately tied to whether the Main Character is driven by the Focus toward a Direction of effort, or whether he seeks the cure.”.
What does “driven by the Focus toward a Direction of effort” mean?
For some context, I am looking at a main character, whose throughline is psychology, and concern is to become change his nature. His issue is Rationalization, masking his immaturity and impulsiveness with short term gains. The dramatica software shows that the element quad in his issue is Consider / Support / Oppose / Reconsider.
Now, I think that his problem is “Reconsider” - finding reasons not to change. His solution would be of course, “Consider”. The two remaining elements - Support / Oppose - confuse me.
Q1 : How do I select these two elements as Focus and Direction?
Does “Oppose” as a Focus means that he is facing Opposition from other characters due to his immaturity? Or does it mean that he is opposing other characters? What does “support” element mean? Does he get support in his actions from enablers, or does he support the efforts from others to change him?
Q2: In a Successful / Good story, does the MC become responsible, by choosing to “Consider” the issue
(a) when he is driven by the Focus of “Oppose” to put effort in Direction of "Support? OR
(b) when he is driven by the Focus of “Support” to put effort in Direction of “Oppose”?
Q3: One more related question is, do the Focus / Direction elements have to be dynamic pairs? I ask this because, in a quad the problem and solution already form a dynamic pair, and the two remaining elements are also dynamic pairs.
If in case the Focus and Direction do not have to be dynamic pairs, is it possible that the MC changes by a Focus on “Oppose” to A Direction of “Consider”?
Also, another related confusion I have is about the elements of the quad themselves.
Q4: Do these elements describe the problem experienced in the throughline by the MC, or are they functions performed by a character?
As an instance of this question, does the “Reconsider” element being the problem of MC throughline mean that MC has Reconsider as an element in his character set, or does he solve it by having “Consider” in his character set? Or does “Consider” have to be in the character set of the IC?
I understand this is fairly long question, but just like Dramatica story points, I suspect my focus on the confusion and direction of asking is a problem that I have which can be solved by a simple solution. Or put differently, I guess I am focusing on the confusion and asking specific questions, but perhaps the core problem is something simpler.