MindSonar is a new kind of psychological measurement. It measures how people think (their NLP Meta Programs) and what they find important (their Graves Drives). This, in turn, determines how they feel, what they notice or ignore, and what they do or don’t do.
MindSonar – and this is different from most other psychological measurements – assumes that people will have different thinking styles (Meta Profiles) in different situations, and that people can change the way they think.
MindSonar is used worldwide by consultants, trainers and coaches in many prestigious organizations.
MindSonar is web based, but is used exclusively by trained professionals.
1. Meta Programs (= the thinking style).
2. Criteria (= the values; what someone finds important).
3. Hierarchy of criteria (= what is most important, what comes next, and so on).
4. Type of criteria (= the kind of values).
What are Meta Programs?
Meta Programs – a term from Neuro-Linguistic Programming – are trends in human thinking. So, for instance, if I tend to think a lot about small details, then ‘specific’ would be one of my Meta Programs. And if I also focus on what I want to achieve, then ‘towards’ would be another one. A Meta Profile is a combination of Meta Programs. So ‘specific’ plus ‘towards’ would be a simple Meta Profile. MindSonar measures 13 different Meta Programs. Another word for Meta Profile is ‘Thinking Style’.
What do we mean when we say ‘Thinking’?
In MindSonar, the word ‘thinking’ refers to self-talk, images, feelings (emotions and sensations), what is important (criteria and values), and what is true (beliefs or convictions).
It is assumed that someone’s Meta Programs and criteria will be different in different situations. For instance, when someone is leading a team, he or she may be thinking completely differently from when they are playing with their children. Therefore MindSonar always measures someone’s thinking style for a specific context.
Where does the Name MindSonar come from?
The term ‘MindSonar’ uses physical sonar technology as an analogy. Sonar shows us objects that cannot be seen by observing the surface of the water, and sonar requires an expert to understand the exact nature of those objects. Both elements in this description are important; the idea of looking below the surface of language and behavior, as well as the fact that it takes a trained professional to read the instrument well.
Until 2002, MindSonar was called ‘Meta Profile Analysis’ (MPA). In Romanic languages (like French or Spanish) this was spelled ‘AMP’, rather than ‘MPA’. The name was changed to MindSonar. In the US this sounded too technical. Therefore the current branding is:
- Brand Name: MindSonar
- Sub Title: Meta Profile Analysis
- Tag line: Getting to the Heart of Your Thinking
MindSonar Central is in The Netherlands