MindSonar is like an X-ray Machine for the Mind
MindSonar measures Meta Programs and Graves Drives. Meta Programs are the building blocks of how people think. Someone’s unique personal thinking style is made up of a combination of Meta Programs. Graves Drives describe what people find important. Their Meta Programs determine people’s emotions and behaviour in a given situation.
Who Uses MindSonar?
MindSonar is being used all over the world mostly by consultants, coaches, trainers and organisational developers. MindSonar helps them get to the heart of their clients thinking. They use MindSonar in prestigious organisations like the armed forces of the Netherlands (leadership development), a top European automobile manufacturer (sales), an Olympic Dressage team (teambuilding), one of Europe’s premier banks (marketing) and several multinational corporations in America and Latin America (teambuilding). And there have been non-commercial applications as well, like in volunteer groups, day care centres and schools.
MindSonar is a Different Kind of Test
MindSonar is not a personality test. Personality tests will tell you what you are like as a person; always and under any circumstances. Many people feel ‘put in a box’ by these kinds of tests. MindSonar measures how you think in a specific situation. It assumes that you will think differently in different situations. MindSonar does not assume that any thinking style is good or bad either. Every thinking style has a time and place were it can be benificial.
Used by Professionals Only
MindSonar is offered exclusively through a network of trained and certified MindSonar Professionals. The combination of the refined measurement and the knowledgable Professional gives MindSonar solutions their unique power.
This is what a MindSonar profile looks like:
How does the MindSonar measurement work?
MindSonar presents the respondent with 75 questions and two tasks (sorting values and values categorization, i.e. what kind of values are they?). It also keeps track of the time it takes the respondent to finish each question or task.
What do we mean when we talk about ‘thinking’?
In MindSonar, the word ‘thinking’ refers to a combination of self-talk, images, and feelings (emotions and sensations), what is important (criteria and values), and what is true (beliefs or convictions).
Where does the name MindSonar come from?
The term ‘MindSonar’ uses sonar technology as an analogy. Sonar shows us objects that cannot be seen by observing the surface of the water, and it requires an expert to understand the exact nature of those objects.
“Those who have tried to develop instruments
have based them on what people think, do or believe,
which is not the proper base for assessment devices.
They should be based not on what the person thinks but how he thinks”.
Dr. Clare W. Graves
Inventor of the categories used in Spiral Dynamics