There are two ways to understand people: observe their behaviours and categorise them into traits, or understand the governing principles behind all behaviour. When we want to understand human behaviour we can either ask WHY people do what they do, or we can observe WHAT they are doing. MindTime describes the WHY, the deepest motivating drivers behind behaviours; personality models describe WHAT people do.
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.
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) click here. MindTime is highly parsimonious with findings in individual trait based research, findings in neuro psychology, and cultural sciences.
* 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.