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Emergenetics tools and workshops deliver research-backed results that matter.

Emergenetics is a measurable, proven way to recognize and apply thinking and behavior patterns people use regularly. They were identified by reviewing research from a wide body of academic literature covering personality, psychology, and neuroscience. These results were then subjected to rigorous statistical analysis.

On a practical level, the Emergenetics Profile represents a clear framework of seven easily recognizable and useful factors that apply to work, communication, and interpersonal relationships. These include:

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Emergenetics from a Personal Perspective
Because the Emergenetics Profile yields practical results that can be easily applied within any context, the seven Emergenetics principles can be used on an individual level to gain understanding of oneself in all facets of life, including work, home, community, family and education.

Emergenetics from an Organizational Perspective
The Emergenetics thinking and behavioral factors can be used by Human Resources as a framework to maximize human performance. Emergenetics products are now available for hiring (i.e., the Emergenetics Selection Profile) and training (i.e., Emergenetics Profile and accompanying training programs including Meeting of the Minds and Power of WE). Also under development are an Emergenetics multi-rater feedback program and an Emergenetics performance appraisal program.

Check out our Technical Manual to see full validity, reliability and norming data for the factors.

How We Developed the Profile

Drs. Geil Browning and Wendell Williams developed the Emergenetics tool to combine the core principals of effective learning, communication styles, and team interaction. The 100-item questionnaire may appear simple, but is actually the product of extensive social research proven to reliably capture the major thinking and behavioral preferences people commonly use.

Psychometric Standards
Emergenetics meets professional test development criteria defined by the 1999 Standards for Educational and Psychological Testing. The Emergenetics Profile:

  • Has been validated for both its Content (e.g., r= .43 to r=.67, using independent 3rd party observers); and its Construct (e.g., using a Big-Five universally accepted measure of personality).
  • Meets inter-item reliability standards (e.g., between r=.76 and r=.83, depending on the factor).
  • Is Test-Retest Reliable (e.g., r= .68 and r=.77 based on 415 people over ten years).
  • Periodically undergoes a re-norming of its scoring guide to ensure reporting accuracy.

While no psychometric tool can truly capture the complexity and richness of the human mind-brain-body, the Emergenetics model is grounded firmly in professional psychological survey design and provides a practical and effective tool for successful individual and team communication within virtually any situation.

See our Technical Manual for more information.

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