Personality Models

There are two ways to understand people. Either observe their behaviours and categorise them into traits, or understand the governing principles behind all behaviours. MindTime describes the WHY, the deepest motivating drivers behind behaviours. Typically, personality models describe WHAT people do, the behaviours themselves.

The often confusing world of personality traits

Nearly all personality type test such as MBTI, DiSC, and Big 5*, use a number of observable behavioural traits to describe a person’s personality. The Big 5, for example, uses: extraversion; agreeableness; conscientiousness; neuroticism; and openness. There are literally hundreds of such personality traits to choose from, very few of which have any meaningful predictive value. In the world of these trait based models there is no true framework or overarching theory of differences, just a lot of descriptions of behaviours (traits).

However, MindTime changes the game. It is a scientifically validated theory that explains WHY people behave the way they do and as such MindTime provides powerful predictive insight into why we are the way we are.

* Myers-Briggs is a trademark or registered trademark of The Myers & Briggs Foundation in the United States and other countries.  DiSC® is a registered trademarks of John Wiley & Sons, Inc. or its affiliated companies. 

Why MindTime is different

There are three fundamental priorities that drive the behaviour of every sentient being. These priorities act as the filters we perceive through, the mechanisms behind how thoughts are shaped, the drivers of what motivates us at the most fundamental level, and the origins of why we behave the way we do. MindTime is highly predictive because it is measuring these motivating forces in each person, the origins of behaviours, rather than the behaviours as described by traits.

Unlike personality models, and far beyond their capabilities, MindTime is able to describe individuals, team cultures and organisations as thinking systems all within one common framework and language.

MindTime is an a priori theory, supported by over two decades of reliable science, that provides us with a framework to understand the forces or priorities that shape our individual differences. In psychology, these individual differences are also referred to as personality traits, which are used to describe a person’s personality.

To read some of our research and peer reviewed articles into the relationship between the MindTime framework and individual traits (including the Big 5). MindTime is highly parsimonious with findings in individual trait based research, findings in neuro psychology, and cultural sciences.

In this short video, John Furey explains the differences between MindTime and personality models

Want to learn more about how MindTime works?

Make sure to check out our FREE MindTime Basics MINI course on Udemy. 

Everything we do begins with a thought. That’s not just philosophy, that’s science.

Whether you are a manager trying to get a better handle on your people, a mother trying to understand her child, a coach working to better understand how to help clients, a teacher trying to engage with students, at a distance, more effectively. This body of work, to which this course is an introduction, is a goldmine. Basically, we’ve distilled advanced psychology and ancient philosophy down into an approachable and useful basics course. We hope it will inspire you to learn more.

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This might change your life, it will certainly change your understanding of people and yourself.

Your handbook to success

E-book: The True Power of Time is a MindTime mini guidebook that offers a straightforward explanation of how your mind’s thoughts are shaped by time’s three perspectives.

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E-book: It’s All About Time is a powerful little handbook that will change the way you collaborate and innovate. Examples, exercises and intelligence illustrations have made this a companion for team leaders, coaches and executives alike. In down to earth language this book opens up the possibility to effectively engage each and every person in innovation and collaboration by tapping into their true value, how they think.

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