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Taxonomy is a scientific-statistical based classifications system which group infinite possibilities and many variables into a schema of ordering things.

Taxonomy - in an AltanaESP context - refers to a scientific-statistical based classifications system used for grouping or categorizing infinite possibilities and variables into a practical and workable matrix to promote understanding and to provide specific guidelines and directives that can be used for further and detailed investigations. Therefore, taxonomies are deployed to structure and order dynamic systems in an attempt to indicate some kind of order amongst the seemingly chaotic.

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In AltanaESP a personality taxonomy is used which group, classify or categorize individual personalities into 16 different archetypes (i.e. personality containers). When common sense prevail, we realize - as clear as day - that it is absolutely ridiculous to even think for one moment that we could reliably group the unique personalities of 7 billion individuals - inhabiting our planet - into only 16 distinct categories. But, it is equally as ridiculous to even hope to accurately describe the variations of 7 billion different personalities scientifically.

This is when the use of taxonomies comes in quite handy. The taxonomy identify certain key principles, essential guidelines and points of focus within an ever changing dynamic system to serve as a reliable “bottom line” platform from where more specific investigations can be launched (e.g. reverse engineering mapping). An integrated and symbiotic combination of - for example - the Dimensions of Human Beingness, Archetype and Habitat taxonomies can reliably guide and assist psychologists, facilitator, locksmiths, counselors or coaches to better understand individual personalities and the context of manifestation.

Taxonomy dimensions are used when individuals are assessedThis implies any kind or form of assessment practice which can vary from questionnaires, surveys, assessment instruments, action scales to questions asked during an exploration interview. to categorize or grouped data collected and processed into workable and easier manageable information flows, in an attempt - as accurately as possible - to indicate, map and reflect context. In doing so, our chances increase significantly to successfully address and deal with wicked challenges more productively.

To better understand how taxonomies are applied within the AltanaESP Network of Services, a brief historical background on taxonomy development - watch a TED-talk, delivered by Manual Lima - provides a sound launching platform and background as to the reason why a specific format and methodology is followed.

1. Archetypes

Assessed and identified Archetypes, cannot be regarded as a person's personality. It merely is the momentarily default “container” of selected personality attributes characteristics and traits (as a result of self-determination) that an individual is most comfortable with, given a specific context and/or circumstance.

Any person's personality is much too complex with all kinds of configurations, variety of intensity levels and dimensions (i.e. the conscious, sub-conscious and unconscious) to reliably and accurately identify, let alone describing it. Thus, archetypes is merely an attempt to identify the most natural and comfortable attributes and traits (i.e. preferred personality defaults) that an individual is most comfortable with… given a particular time and specific space.

1.1. Personality Archetype

Balance Scale Left Scale Point Right Scale Point
Energy Focus & Action Trigger Scale
Where an individual tends to focus his/her energy and that which propels or motivates him/her to take action. Processed and calculated as a relation between the external world (Extraversion) or the internal world (Introversion). This scale primarily deals with the main source of action-triggers, and does not indicate to what extend the individual prefers to deal or work with people.
Triggers and motivations for actions mostly outward directed to people and things externally of the self. An inclination of having one’s thoughts, ideas, views and activities stimulated by events outside of the self.
Motivations and triggers for action primarily driven by the inner world of ideas, impressions and perceptions. A tendency of having one's thoughts, ideas, views and activities stimulated by own experiences, interpretations, conclusions and premises.
Collect & Verify Data Scale
The source that the individual prefers and trusts the most to collecting data and verifying information. Described as reality-facts (Sensing), on the one hand, and an interpretation of reality (Intuition) on the other. In essence, what does the individual have the most confidence in, the facts (Sensing) or his/her build-up experiences (Intuition).
Focus attention on the physical reality of what can be seen, heard, touched, tasted and smelled. Concentrate mainly on what is actual, present, current, real and essentially trust the facts and concrete/observable data.
Attention focus is directed at impressions, meaning, implication and patterns of the data received. Concentrate mainly on what is possible, probable, hunches, hypothesis, patterns, implied relationships and essentially trust impressions, perceptions, symbols and theories.
Evaluate, Structure & Process Information Scale
The manner of preference and key style an individual applies to prioritize data and/or structure information to create, establish and maintain an information or reference framework (i.e. knowledge sets). This scale is an indication of the prevailing synergy between reasoning (Thinking) and formulating hypotheses (Feeling).
A logical analysis of the cause and effect/outcome of a problem, an event or situation. Preference to find the ‘basic truth’ or principle to be applied - regardless the specific situation involved - to analyze pros and cons in order to reach a consistent and logical conclusion.
Concerned with and accommodate the feelings, values of and how others might be effected. Inclination to weigh what individuals care about and consider the views or ideas of the persons involved in a specific situation. Mainly focused on the values and what might be best for the persons involved to obtain a workable and harmonious solution.
Interpret, Perceive & Apply Knowledge Scale
The manner that an individual is most comfortable with when interpreting, dealing with or handle events, circumstances and situations applying knowledge sets for troubleshooting and problem solving. An indication of the preferred interaction between an open-minded flexibility (Perception) and a rigidity in reasoning (Judging).
The inclination of seeking to understand, collect information continuously and a psyche flexibility to assimilate and readjust to new found knowledge. A supple and spontaneous way of approaching life rooted in understanding and a tendency to adapt to the external world, rather than to organize and control it.
A preference to come to a closure, take decisions, organize and structure situations, events or activities accordingly. An inclination to plan, schedule and direct actions taken in a orderly fashion to have things settled and organized. A constant attempt to bring life (i.e. the external world) under control as much as is humanly possible.
Execution & Action Model Scale
The preferred and most comfortable way of taking action when confronted with change, obstacles, problems and when dealing with issues. An indication of an individual's natural tendency to approach life’s challenges by either focusing on the details, process and result (Left Brain) or the bigger picture, tone and overall consequences (Right Brain).
Left Brain
Inclination to deal with life's challenges and problems in a logical, analytical, rational and methodical manner by focusing on the details of the problem and employ both linear thinking and sequential processing to compile, identify or determine possible solutions (i.e. a deductive reasoning and 'details-to-the-whole' approach).
Right Brain
Inclination to deal with challenges and problems in a more intuitive, thoughtful and innovative manner. Seeking solutions to problems are directed by improvisations, creativity and imagination sourcing from holistic thinking, randomizing details, intuitive decision-making and 'bigger-picture' processing (i.e. an inductive reasoning and 'whole-to-the-details' approach).

1.2. Professional Archetype

1.3. Learning Archetype

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