Managing Self Critical Reactions to Human Patterns Numbers

Managing Self Critical Reaction to Human Patterns Numbers

Here are some suggestions to help coachees if they are self critical about their profiles.

1. If you keep doing what is working for you, you will be affirmed and productive.
2. If you leverage abilities and skills others have that differ from your own, your output and quality will improve and your stress will go down.
3. Your effort changing yourself will deplete the energy available to do what you do best.
4. Maintaining the change might require so much effort and energy that you let your hard won change go “by the boards.”
5. Remember the martial arts dictum that an opponent (in this case – You) is efficiently outmaneuvered if you use their momentum against them. Change is force against force. Correction is productive redirection.

If you know where you want to end up – you can do consistent course correction.
If you know how you sabotage yourself, you can plan how you will manage it.

If you hit walls – relax and think your way around or over or under them as yourself.

What works best – walking a mile in your own shoes. Shoes that fit the other folks probably will make for an uncomfortable journey.


A. Laffoley

Academic Program Director Raleigh- Durham, NC

I used the Human Patterns Inventory in the development program for high potential senior leaders and recommend it as an effective tool as part of any comprehensive employee development program. In my opinion an important differentiator of this tool is the light it shines on the switches that may occur in our behavior when we are in reaction mode (e.g. in a stressful situation). Bringing awareness to where this occurs is invaluable to an individual’s personal development.

K. Jobe

Executive Recruiter Charlotte, North Carolina Area

I have used the Human Patterns as an internal recruiter as well as during client “coaching” engagements. It is the most comprehensive psychometric test that I have ever worked with. I highly recommend this tool to any organization that is committed to talent optimization.

F. Christian

Managing Director Chicago, IL

Human Patterns is a rare exception among assessment tools. Most are simplistic and slipshod, more mirrors of their creators' craniums than windows into one's own. Human Patterns has a richness that allows me to start meaningful conversations with the hidden high potentials I work with, who after years of severe underemployment have lost sight of themselves and their unique ways of working with the world. I'm so enthusiastic I now require it for new clients to shortcut to solutions.