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This paper is focused on the structural aspects of a multidimensional, system-dynamics model of stylistic processing. Styles are distinguished as cognitive, affective, and cognitive-affective constructs, depending on their association with either cognitive abilities, affective traits, or both. A hierarchy of styles is proposed in which three general styles described as rational, empirical, and metaphoric are indicated as higher-order constructs which subsume three style subhierarchies and are conceptually linked to similar hierarchies of cognitive abilities and affective traits.