Thinking Quotient

Discover How You See Yourself In The world.

The Thinking Quotient™ is a measure of your entire thinking system. We measure how we emotionally react and how we cognitively react. The more complex your thinking system – your Dynamic Intelligence – the greater your capacity, and thus the greater range in your capability.

It is how and why we do something, not what we do. It measures our “epistemic stance”, which is to say that it brings to awareness those unconscious patterns we do not know are controlling us. If we are to ground this in psychological parlance, we are talking about metacognition and personal construct psychology.

We take your scores from the Identity Compass profile and run it through our Thinking Quotient™ system to give us a score between 2 and 5. This number tells us how your entire thinking system breaks down into its component parts, and how it all fits together to create you. But more importantly, it identifies your areas for growth. There are fifty individual meta-programmes that combine to create your thinking style. You will see which ones can be increased or reduced to develop the balance one requires for dynamic intelligence and the ability to generate choice in our actions.

This graphic shows two profiles. As you look at the image, can you determine which is the level 2.5 profile and which is the level 4.4 profile?

If you said the left image is 2.5, you are correct. Please notice the coloured bars on the left profile look like an graphic equaliser set to “Rock Music”, whereas the coloured bars on the right look much flatter and more balanced. This is the point of the profile tool!

The more equal your response to “Internal and External” is, the greater your choice between the two meta-programmes, which demonstrates higher level thinking. If Internal and External are both at 60%, then you can effectively choose which way to go in a given context. If External were 30% greater than Internal, you would subsume yourself for the opinion of others. You need others to define you, to tell you how you’re doing and so on. External validation of self.

That is just one example of how this system works.

Here is a graphic that demonstrates your thinking scale. It’s not the truth, but it is one way of looking at it. The research on how our thinking breaks down demonstrates that at various levels of Dynamic Intelligence, a person is more or less capable of determining for themselves the types of relationships in their thinking that others might not.

Stage Complexity Definition

The image below demonstrates the Thinking Quotient™ idea about complexity and Stage Development. At the lower stages, the complexity is there: it is just not available to the person. This lead me to think that the growth is not a ladder, or is it a spiral, as is currently used, but instead, it is a set of inter-related relationships, pathways and connections, each of which uncovers the pre-existing complexity around us.

So at the Low Complexity stage, the complexity is all around us, but we are unable to see it, tap into it or even recognise it.

To cut a long story short: by the time you get to the Fully Integrated Thinking stage, the hidden patterns are no longer hidden and you are no longer looking for them: they are just always present and you think in terms of patterns rather than concretes. At the low complexity stage, you have black and white thinking. At the Fully Integrated stage, you think in terms of “And/Both/Neither” as you see all potentialities all the time.


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