Understanding Balance

With all the emphasis on life balance these days, there are some profound insights to be gained from an understanding of the qualities that the HBDI measures. These letters stand for Herrmann Brain Dominance Instrument, an assessment tool explained and frequently referred to in my book, See What You Think! How to Work Better and Faster with VisiMap. You can also find out more about it on my website.

One of the things we discover in dealing with the four aspects of thinking that the instrument measures – facts and figures, sequence and organization, humanity and expressiveness, future orientation and integration – is that those in a diagonal position are often viewed as polar opposites. Those who stress facts and figures think the humanistic types are too touchy feely; the humanists regard the facts and figures contingent as cold and unemotional. Similarly those who are focused on action find little use for those who seem contemplative and dreamy – and vice versa.

Nearly all of us will prefer one or two ways to think. That doesn’t mean we have no potential whatsoever in the other areas. Balance comes from recognizing that both facts and feelings matter – and that we are made for both action and contemplation. Such wisdom comes to us from both the ancient philosphers and religions world wide and their validation in the findings of modern psychology. And since the HBDI is based on research into brain physiology, all these disciplines are congruent and make sense.

So value facts and feelings,action and contemplation – that’s what balance is really about.