The Personal Preferences Profile (or PPP) is a quick survey which is the culmination of over four decades of work and research in the field of neurology, sociology, psychology, and the integration of various theories from leading experts and scientists. The original work was developed to address the anxiety and disempowerment of the long term unemployed, with the survey identifying individual’s preferences for choice, change and uncertainty.

The PPP survey can be configured and presented to address a particular theme of interest, for example, establishing the career choices preferred for job applicants in order to provide career counselling, to measuring their current pattern of thinking around to help an individual make better choices and maintain their locus of control in their current situation.

The PPP can be applied to job seekers to better assist in their journey towards employment, but can equally be used by teachers and their students of all ages to better understand learning preferences and styles of learning. Moreover, the use of the PPP by teachers allows them to design coursework that best suits particular students and each of their thinking preferences, so in a classroom situation, no child is ever left behind.

Other versions of the PPP may also be used by professionals to determine ways in which they should address each thinking preference, especially in situations where the important message needs to be delivered and understood, such as the importance of taking a vaccine or medicine, the need for diabetes patients to watch what they eat or not eat, or the need for stroke and heart attack patients to exercise and stop smoking. That is, deliver the right message to the right person in ways that they understand and take heed.

How many times have doctors advised their heart-attack patients to stop smoking, only to be ignored? It sounds like a fairly straightforward request, and a simple technical challenge, i.e. stopping smoking will reduce the probability of another heart attack and extend one’s life, therefore a no brainer! But it is not a simple technical challenge, it is rather an Adaptive Challenge, where the patient needs to see and recognise for themselves the actions, outcomes and solutions that lead to their better health.

The PPP is a way of improving communications and engagement, not to mention a better way of measuring and ensuring efficacy.

The output of the PPP Survey selects the dominant colours from a palette of 16 coloured tiles, pictured below. Each colour represents a different MindSpace with distinct preferences. The colours are a “CODE” to identify and increase our control over the processes of change and choice.

The dominant colours in your Personal Preferences Profile will help you make better choices in career and in other areas and can be the first step in not just understanding yourself, but making sure others understand you, and respect your choices.