Human personality has a history of being divided into four categories. We call these “Ways”.
The concept of dividing personality into quadrants isn’t a new one; philosophers and psychologists have applied this paradigm for centuries. What makes Identity Mapping and the Four Way System unique, however, is its focus not on individual personality but on social interaction. We recognize the need for personality management is in relational application; learning how to develop stronger bonds with others with the knowledge of personality. Identity Mapping is at the forefront of of this school of thought, and has demonstrated success in improving relationships and building empathy and trust. These skills fall under the broader category of “emotional intelligence”.
Emotional Intelligence, or EQ, has been in the spotlight in recent years for it’s marked impact on business and personal success, and a key factor in healthy relationships. The ability to not only understand yourself, but to understand the motives of others and adapt to them, is integral to building strong relationships. Identity Mapping is distinct in its approach towards EQ and change management, and it’s for these very reasons that we prefer it over any other personality assessment on the market.
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We believe Identity Mapping and the Four Ways system is the easiest and most effective method of navigating social interactions.
Identity Mapping divides personality into four recognizable categories, focusing on decision-making and motivation. Each person has a combination of all four categories, which we call “ways”, but one will represent their “primary way”. The four ways are “Relationship”,”Organized”, “Action”, and “Logical”; each way represents a unique mindset. In learning the Four Way system, you can quickly and easily begin to recognize other people’s primary ways, giving you insight into their thought processes.
Personality is complex. Identity mapping makes it simple.
Identity Mapping comes into play when you look at the specific combination of ways that an individual has. Since every person has all four ways, we each have a unique combination of ways that build our personality. This is what we refer to as one’s “Identity Map”. As you begin interacting with others at work, in your community, and at home, you’ll recognize the groups of behaviors and speech patterns that identify each of the four ways. This allows you to quickly and easily grasp their needs and desires in communication and activity structure, among other things.
Our founder Jen’s Identity Map is Relationship > Action > Logical > Organized. If you know this about her, then you may recognize that her strengths are in interacting with others and maintaining harmony, but that she may struggle with routines and boundaries. This allows you to tailor your communications to make use of her strengths and minimize her weaknesses, giving you the most effective means of trust-building possible.
Managing your social environment is a four step process.
The first step to building emotional intelligence is understanding your own motives, logic, and preferences. We use Identity Mapping to help interpret why you behave the way you do, and what it means for your decision-making tendencies.
Mastering your personal understanding gives you control over your emotional decision making and social reactions. This empowers you to respond effectively to tricky relationship environments, and adjust your impulse reactions.
Advancing beyond personal management involves learning the nuances of social interaction. The third step in increasing EQ is based on understanding how your relationships with others work, and why people do the things they do, the way they do them.
The final step in developing a strong EQ is learning how to manage your social environment through your understanding of others’ and yourself. This allows you to proactively solve relationship problems and tackle difficult issues that have already sprung up, with ease.