Mind Shapes: Understanding the Differences in Thinking and Communication / Edition 1

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In our everyday encounters, we are continuously challenged by people who think and respond in ways different from ourselves. Each one of us pays attention to different aspects of life, interprets experiences differently, understands certain issues better than others, communicates with differing styles, and uses different criteria for judging and believing others. Parents of a family with several children are usually amazed by the diverse ways in which the children develop. Managers are confounded by the unexpected misunderstandings among themselves and those they manage. Educators find it difficult to account for the broad spectrum of students' responses to a single course of study. And in relationships, one is often perplexed at the ways in which common, everyday words are sometimes interpreted. Those of us who study the ways in which people interact, continue to marvel at the differences people bring to thinking and communicating.
For the past 20 years, Dr. Kahn has led a team of scientists in in-depth studies of the different brain processes leading to the different types of information processing in people. This research has developed tools which can measure how people reveal the structure of their thought processes in the flow of their communications. This has enabled the team to develop a model that organizes cognitive structures according to a new paradigm, one that explicitly shows the connections between cognition, input, and output. This paradigm identifies sixteen different ways in which people process information, and describes the underlying brain mechanisms which are responsible. Further, Mind Shapes presents how these differences developed through the stages of human evolution and the way they are expressed in the steps of modern child development.
Theory and practicum come together as Mind Shapes links physiology of information processing to behavior, and shows how different people communicate, learn, and make decisions. This model has been successfully applied to education, management, consumer communications, and psychological counseling: dimensions of life where understanding human behavior and motivation are critical to success. Mind Shapes provides its readers with useful tools which were developed as a result of this experience.

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What People Are Saying

David Shupe
"Kahn's approach transforms the way we view others, and is especially helpful in improving communication in organizations... My graduate students tell me it has profoundly influenced the way they approach their professions."
manages the Masters of Liberal Studies program at the University of Minnesota
Ernest M. Weiler
***** Five Stars for advancing personality theory & applications.
Jung’s practical view of personality and profession serves as the launch pad for the Human Dimensions Model. Those familiar with the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI) will be interested in the Post-Jungian innovations of the Human Dimensions Model (HDM) devised by Kahn and Radcliffe. Stimulated by the works of Walter Lowen, Merlin Donald, Richard Dawkins and others, the authors show how concepts of evolution, the meme, and right- vs. left-brain processing can determine how we work and play. The advanced reader will welcome the opportunity to explore the hypotheses proposed in this text. As a professional person, I personally found Dr. Kahn’s workshops and classes very stimulating and enlightening. I strongly recommend the text for the advanced applications, the research potential, and the challenge to go beyond current personality theory.
Ph.D. Professor Emeritus Communication Sciences & Disorders University of Cincinnati
Herbert S. Demmin
"An important contribution to the field of psychology; very clear and thorough... This is an amazing book with far-reaching implications."
psychologist and author of The Ghosts of Consciousness
Mary Lippitt
"Mind Shapes: Understanding the Difference in Thinking and Communication by Alan Kahn is a fascinating and thought provoking exploration of cognition. By linking brain function and social systems, Kahn’s book offers valuable insights into how we function and what we do. This dynamic framework moves beyond traditional descriptions to predict how profiles react."
Dr., author of the award winning book, The Leadership Spectrum: 6 Business Priorities That Get Results, and is President of Enterprise Management, Ltd.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781557788498
  • Publisher: Paragon House Publishers
  • Publication date: 3/30/2005
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 340
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Meet the Author

Alan R. Kahn received the MD degree from the University of Illinois in 1959. He was instrumental in the development of medical monitoring systems for the early aerospace program and provided weightlessness training for the original team of astronauts. He holds 21 patents and has published 102 scientific papers. Dr. Kahn still continues with his habit of inventing, patenting, and publishing.
In the 1980s, Dr. Kahn turned his attention to studies on the types of information processing in the brains of different kinds of people. His background in Computer Engineering provided tools to study the ways the brain processes information, and his experience in Neurosurgery and Anesthesiology made it possible for him to relate the information processing to brain anatomy and physiology.

Kris Austen Radcliff has worked with Dr. Kahn making this information accessible to the public.

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Table of Contents

1 Introduction 3
2 Evolution and the cognitive processing steps 17
3 The first mode : sensing feeling (SF), the mode of the body 37
4 The second mode : sensing thinking (ST), the mode of the hands 49
5 The third mode : iNtuitive feeling (NF), the mode of communication 59
6 The fourth mode : iNtuitive thinking (NT), the mode of logic 71
7 The human dimensions model cognitive processing profiles 81
8 Differentiation 127
9 The profiles 141
10 Communication 221
11 Inputs and outputs 241
12 Communication applications of the HDM 257
13 Final thoughts 281
App. A Child development 285
App. B Comparing the Myers-Briggs type indicator (MBTI) and the HDM 291
App. C The operator in action 297
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