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Basic Meta Programs

Meta Programs are unconscious filters (see Communication Model) that determine which of our perceptions are selected for attention.

There are 4 Basic Meta Programs, and there is a larger group of around 15 – 20 more Complex Meta Programs.
The 4 Basic Meta Programs (also known as the MBTI®) describes in 4 dimensions the preferences of someone. These basic dimensions combine into one of 16 different Personality Types.
The primary advantage of knowing your Personality Type is that you understand yourself and others more completely (by understanding your preferences, behaviour and tendencies). It helps people working better together by understanding that different people have different personalities.
Meta programs is part of the Master Practitioner training offered by Mind Academy.

In 1923 Carl Jung published the book "Psychological Types". It was based on his experience with hundreds of patients and it was an attempt to categorise patients and predict their behavior from their personality. Jung defined three pairs of categories in which one member of the pair has a preference above the other. The three categories are:

  1. Extravert or Introvert type
  2. Sensor or Intuitor type
  3. Thinker or Feeler type

During World War II, Isabel Briggs Myers and Katharine C. Briggs built up on the work and developed the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator® (MBTI®). They made the theory of psychological types described by C. G. Jung understandable and useful in people’s lives and added a fourth category to it.

  1. Judger of Perceiver type

Meta programs operate on a sliding scale. This means that you can not use one or the other, but that you are somewhere in between these two options. So you're not just an Introvert or only an Extrovert type. Somewhere in between the two is your preference. Where? This is highly dependent on the situation where you are at that moment. Your preferences can be different in each situation.

MBTI


  • External behaviour: Extravert or Introvert type
  • Internal process: Sensor or Intuitor type
  • Internal state: Thinker or Feeler type
  • Adaptation operator: Judger or Perceiver type

External behaviour

External behaviour is 'what' we do or show in our behaviour as a result of the internal process and the internal state. A major impact on a person's external behavior is whether someone is an Introvert or Extrovert type. You can find this out by asking:

"How do you recharge yourself? Do you prefer to be with people (E) or to be alone (I)? "

Internal process

Internal process indicates "how" we do things. If someone changes his strategies then these internal processes change. You can find out by asking:

"When you study an object, are you only interested in the facts and the application in the here and now (S) or are you be more interested in the ideas and the relationship between the facts and their application in the future (N)? "

Internal state

Internal state (mood) represents the emotions one experiences. Our moods indicate "why" we do something. By changing our unconscious filters changing we change our internal state. You can find out by asking:

"If you make a decision, do you trust more your impersonal reason and logic (T) or more on personal values (F)?"

Adaptation operator

The adaptation operator or the adjusted reaction is the reaction that a person is expected to give, at the time that something does or does not happen. It is characterized by 'what if'. The influence hereby is for example is if someone thinks in options or just in procedures.
You can find out by asking:

"When you are going to work with others on a project, would you have preference for an an elaborated and detailed plan (J) or would you prefer to work flexible on this project to (P)?"

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