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Meanwhile at MindSonar Central…

August 28, 2017
Jaap Hollander

Have you ever seen those old silent movies, where they had signs saying “Meanwhile back at the farm”, and such?

To keep people in different countries informed, we have started sending out monthly updates about our activities here at MindSonar central. This is our first edition of this small newsletter.

User Interface

We are still working on the new user interface (the user interface is what you see when you fill out MindSonar).
It is taking more time to complete than we expected. What else is new, right? ETA is now October 31, 2017
What will change?
– The design has been updated to modern graphical standards
– The design is ‘tablet first’; you can use it on a desktop computer but also on a tablet (not on a phone)
– The wizard (magic man) has been replaced by a more neutral description
– Some screens that seem redundant these days (like ‘Is the information you entered correct?’) have been removed
– Graves categories are now in a circle
– To several texts, headings are added (for respondents who ‘skim’ the text rather than reading it)

Scientific Article

For many years I have wanted to publish at least one paper on MindSonar in a peer reviewed scientific journal.
I now took a first step, by having a research assistant find three papers in the scientific literature that present a psychological test for the first time. I intend to use these papers as blueprints for our own paper. Anyone MindSonar Professional with a scientific background who’d like te be involved, is welcome to join me in this endeavour.
We did – this as an aside – finally succeed in publishing my article on the effectiveness of NLP.

Related Areas of Science

I have now given the research assistant the task of finding areas in mainstream science that correspond to our meta program distinctions.

Writing the New Report

We intend to change the MindSonar report into a bullet oriented format. The new report will still be printable, but it will be ‘digital first’, meaning that you will see a short descriptions with different subjects below it that you can expand by clicking on them. For instance, you will see a short description of the Proactive/Reactive scores, in a few sentences. Under that, you will see items like ‘What they will often say to themselves’, What they will hardly ever say to themselves’, ‘Expressions that will appeal to them’, Expressions that won’t appeal to them’, ‘Pitfalls they can get into easily,’ ‘Pitfalls that they won’t fall into easily’, and so on. By clicking on these items, you can see the whole text. The new report will give the reader a chance to choose the level of detail they want.
We have now finished the writing of the bulleted texts.

The next step is now to program this to make the report available to all professionals. ETA is December 31, 2017

On Line Calculation of Averages

You can now calculate averages on line, in your MindSonar dashboard. The excel sheet many people have been using is obsolete (unless of course, you want to calculate other things than averages and standard deviations). The on line calculation functions very well. Many people have used it already, and we have received several enthusiastic responses. It is a lot easier than copying all the excel lines to the sheet.

New Colours in Averages Bar Graph

In the new report, mentioned above, we will also be using new colours in the meta programs bar chart. At present, respondents sometimes think there is a connection between the meta program colours and the Graves colours. We changed the meta program colours – somewhat – to distinguish them from the Graves colours. The averages bar graph already has those new colours. So there is nothing wrong with your printer, or with the software, the different colours are intentional.

Happy Profiling!

Jaap Hollander

About the author 

Jaap Hollander

Psychologist, living in the Netherlands. Founded MindSonar in 1995. Working as a trainer, coach and therapist as well as being director of the IEP, the Institute for Eclectic Psychology. Has written 10 books on NLP and Provocative Coaching. Most recent book: "Provocative Coaching" (English), fall 2012 (Crown House) available from Amazon.

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  1. Jaap this sounds great- I would be happy to be involved n the research not sure what I can offer other than a willing mind, body and soul and a desire to see this tool as an industry standard. Ian

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