Getting the most out of your profile
Your report will indicate the core stage of your developmental perspective at which your writing was scored, which is generally the primary level you will tend to operate from most often. The Assessment will also indicate a range of stages represented in your writing which are the levels that you likely can enact, depending on the context you are in. When you are in a state of flow or openness you may be peaking into your leading edge stage. Likewise, when in a stressed or reactive state, it may send you to earlier stage emotions, thinking, behavior and relationships.
You may want to go through this report several times in order to integrate all the understanding it has to offer. Here are some suggestions for greater understanding that you can keep in mind as you go through the report for the first time.
- Think of a situation that went well for you, and another that didn't. Write a brief description of what you thought, felt and did in each of these circumstances in your journal. For the first situation, write the thoughts and feelings, behavior, contexts and relationships that were occurring. Then, do the same for situation 2.
- As you go through your profile and the descriptions of the stages, identify any relationship that you can or cannot find between these situations and each of the stage descriptions.
- You might continue to journal, and imagine how those situations might be served better by behaviors sourced out of other stages.
- Become very familiar with each of the stages and observe yourself during your day to see how your thoughts, feelings and behavior relate to the stage you scored at. If this is too difficult for you to do in the moment, journal each night about your day until you can recognize these stages in yourself activating in the moment.