Perceiving the World Your Way

Updated: Oct 10, 2020

Knowing your lead representational system is the first step towards knowing yourself more. To avoid overwhelm, we often privilege one sense organ over the others so that you do not have to take in all of reality. Below, you'll find short descriptions of each representational system so that you can better understand how you see the world. Of course, we may lead with a blend of two representational systems too. For a better understanding of yourself, you may manually calculate your rep scores to find out your two higher scoring rep systems. Download your Rep Quiz now:



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Visual


Visual people think in terms of images. Their ability to process information quickly results in a faster pace of speaking that may, at times, cause them to lose their trains of thought. Others who privilege other representational systems may also find it difficult to keep up with them as they move fleetingly from one idea to the next. For them, "seeing" is a form of understanding and believing. Working with colours, mind-maps, and aesthetically-pleasing images will help in their processing of information. Finally, their preoccupation with appearances may result in a need to look neat or more pleasant than the average person, and a failure to look good may affect them more than others who have lead with other representational systems.





Auditory


Auditory people think in terms of sound. They process information at an average speed, and the best way to take in information is by hearing. For this reason, some auditory people may close their eyes while listening, so that they can concentrate on the tone and content of the message. For the same reason, auditory people may sometimes take offence at someone else's choice of word or tone of voice - what others say just cuts them deeper. Auditory people may speak in a sing-song manner and they remember tunes really easily. For them, "hearing" is a form of understanding and believing. Working with songs, voiceovers, audio recordings, verbal explanations, and self-talk will help in their processing of information. Finally, their preoccupation with sound may result in them remembering harsh words said to them in the past, causing them to be in a state of pain.





Kinaesthetic


Kinaesthetic people think in terms of their emotions. They process information at an unhurried pace because they need to feel and immerse themselves in an idea before moving on to the next. For this reason, they may also speak with more precision and conviction, so that they can better communicate how they feel to others. They need physical contact in their relationships, and when interacting with people they dislike, touching in any form becomes out of the equation. For them, "getting in touch" is a form of understanding and believing. Working with emotional anchors and getting hands-on experiences are two of the best ways through which effective learning can take place for them. Finally, their preoccupation with emotions may result in them being slightly more sensitive to others - it's a double-edged sword, for sensitivity can manifest itself via an over-reaction and a willingness to pause and to relate to others.




Internal Dialogue


Some people do quite a lot of self-talk and in that process, learn more about who they are deep down inside. Internal Dialogue kind of people love structures, systems, and processes, especially if they provide a framework within which there is a logical flow to life. Speaking in metaphors may not work as well as a straightforward and literal label to their thoughts or feelings. For this reason, they may find it difficult to understand the meaning of and the need for overtly vivid descriptions of life experiences. They have the ability to unravel the complexities of life by zooming into specific strategies and thought processes that may go unnoticed to most. Finally, their preoccupation with structures may result in challenges faced when things get messy or out of control.





How far do you agree with the descriptions above? Remember that most of us would have a blend of two (or even three) lead rep systems, and in those cases, it'll be good to learn from both categories. To help yourself gain better clarity of your world, you may also want to work on the rep systems with lower scores so that you recover those lost information, and in that process, gain a more complete picture of this world! How cool is that?


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