Thinking Style Assessments
I have been studying, writing and speaking about learning strategies, and how to use one’s own brain more effectively, for more than 30 years. I use thinking style assessments when appropriate and time permitting because they are self assessments meaning that each person chooses their own answers. I am certified/qualified in HBDI® (Herrmann Brain Dominance Instrument), Mindex®, MBTI® (Myers-Briggs), and DISC, and have developed a short form when that is all the time we have.
Your thinking style is your characteristic way of processing information, how you acquire knowledge, organize your thoughts, form views and opinions, decide on your values, approach problems, make decisions, plan, and communicate.
It is much preferred to use one of the style assessments with years of research behind them. For these published assessments the validity and reliability scores can't be contested.
There are differences between the many published assessments but they also have some similarities.
HBDI is based on the idea of dominances. Like you can be right handed or left handed, you can have a dominant quadrant of your brain. Based on that dominance you will respond in ways accordingly. How you think about a subject, what your preferences are, what you enjoy the most both as work and play.
Learning about our own dominance allows us to understand ourself better. Learning about attributes of other dominances helps us work better with people who have different dominances from our own.
We use all four quadrants and can tap into out less dominant quadrants when needed. In fact, it becomes easier to tap into the other quadrants when we recognize the differences.
Learning to tap into all four quadrants comfortably is valuable and is called whole brain® thinking by Herrmann International.
Mindex has some similar ways of assessing and explaining the four quadrants. Karl Albrecht's research led him to describe the upper two quadrants as the Skies and the lower as Earths. The Mindex profile is self-scoring, comes in a booklet form with results explained in ways to improve self understanding , better team work, improved management skills, and better communication with people whose thinking styles may be different.
DISC is a more simplified version of the four quadrant model. They use D-I-S-C to represent the 4 quadrants. Though the letters usually have a word associated, e.g., D for driver, I choose to use the letters thereby avoiding and connotation from the words.
MBTI (Myers-Briggs Type Indicator) has a more complex assessment and feedback. Differences are described as types rather than dominances, styles, or preferences. Also each of the 4 sets of descriptors have a continuum with each end having its own descriptor. Types are designated with 4 letters representing which end scored higher for each of the for sets.
Ever since my PhD research and dissertation into why fractions are so difficult for many people, I’ve been studying how people learn, and what strategies they can use to make learning easier. My research was published and included in the mathematics education curriculum at Northwestern University and other schools of education.
My curiosity and interest in how human beings learn and how to improve that process for everyone has been a constant thread, a passion, in everything I do.