An X-ray machine for the mind
Imagine you had a device that could actually measure how people think, what would you do with it? MindSonar is a web based psychological system that measures Meta Programs and Graves Drives. Metaprograms are the building blocks of how people think. Someone’s thinking style is made up of a combination of Meta Programs, making up a unique personal system. Graves Drives describe what they find important. Their Meta Programs determine their behaviour and their emotions in a given situation.
Who uses it?
MindSonar is being used all over the world by consultants, coaches, trainers and organizational developers. The MindSonar system helps them get to the heart of their clients thinking. They make use of MindSonar in prestigious organizations like the armed forces of the Netherlands (in their leadership development course), a top European automobile manufacturer (sales), an Olympic Dressage team (teambuilding), which actually won 20% of all Dutch medals in the London Olympics of 2012 and in one of Europe’s premier banks (marketing). And there have been many non-commercial applications of MindSonar as well; it is also used in volunteer groups, day care centres and schools.
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 limited and ‘put in a box’ by these kinds of tests. Some personality tests will even say how ’healthy or sick’ your personality is. 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. Every thinking style has their time and place were they can be helpful.
Used by professionals only
You will not find MindSonar as a do-it-yourself test on the web. MindSonar is offered exclusively through a network of trained and certified professionals. The combination of the measurement and the professional is much more powerful than just the measurement by itself.
This is what a MindSonar profile looks like:
Some points to note about this diagram:
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.
Until 2002, MindSonar was called ‘Meta Profile Analysis’ (MPA), indicating that it analyzes Meta Programs. This term, however, is spelled differently in different languages. In Romanic languages it is ‘AMP’, rather than ‘MPA’. This was an problem for trademarking. So we changed the name to ‘MindSonar’.
“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, not on what
people do or what they believe but how they do what they do, and how they
believe that which they do believe”.
Dr. Clare W. Graves
MindSonar Headquarters in Holland