Dr Katherine Benziger takes a completely different approach to thinking styles assessment.
This is in complete contrast to the theoretical and philosophical basis of most psycho-metric tests, that focus on the physiological and neurological aspects of how our brains actually function.
As this is a physiological and neurological assessment it is arguably a more objective method of assessment than psychometric tests.
Katherine Benziger's assessment tools are based on the measurement of brain function and energy consumption in the brain.
Her model recognises that the brain has four specialised areas responsible for different brain functions - and significantly we each have natural strengths in only one of these specific areas.
We quite naturally prefer to use the thinking style associated with our natural strength - this is referred to as the "preferred thinking and behavioural mode".
This is important and has a very practical application for you:
1. Adapting your natural thinking style to accommodate others affects your performance
Katherine Benziger has identified that when people adapt their natural thinking and working styles to fit expectations of others, [normally created by work and career, tension and stress] people tend to "falsify type" as they think and behave in ways that are unnatural to them, and predictably this creates problems in how they function and perform, specifically in a work environment.
2. The cost of falsifying your thinking style to accommodate others can lead to "Prolonged Adaption Stress Syndrome"
Dr Arlene Taylor, a long time collaborator with Benziger, has developed Benziger's observations about the "cost of falsifying type", and as published in 1999 in their joint paper 'The Physiological Foundations of Falsification of Type and PASS' [published as a book] has identified a range of symptoms collectively known as "Prolonged Adaption Stress Syndrome" (PASS) that arise as a result of falsification of type.
3. Immune system alterations
4. Memory impairment
5. Altered brain chemistry
6. Diminished frontal lobe functions
7. Discouragement and or depression
8. Self-esteem problems
Further reading: Books By Katherine Benziger
Presentation Slideshow: Benziger Thinking Styles Assessment
Note - there are c80 slides in this presentation but it contains some very useful information.
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