The 8-Dimensions Explained

The 8-Dimensions Explained

The Neethling Brain Instruments are unique among the thinking preferences profiles out there, particularly because they incorporate 8-dimensions where other profiles make use of only four.


So, without much ado: what are these 8-dimensions?


If you prefer the processes of the upper left quadrant of the brain, you may be a very analytical individual who likes to maintain command and keep focus. If your preference is for this quadrant, when operating in L1 you could either be a Realist or an Analyst.


  1. Clarity of thinking
  2. Concrete information
  3. To focus on a specific goal or outcome
  4. No distractions
  5. Achievable and clearly defined goals
  6. No clutter and confusion
  7. To weigh pros and cons
  8. To understand all possible consequences


  1. Try to get to the essence of things
  2. Dig deeper to achieve results
  3. Like to be involved in financial and investment matters
  4. Connect a figure or measurement to things
  5. Certainty
  6. To calculate, probe, research and examine conditions


There are those among us who put a high premium on discipline and consistency. Maybe you recognize yourself as this person. If you prefer the thinking processes associated with the lower left quadrant of the brain, you could either be a Preserver/Stalwart or an Organizer.


  1. Prefer circumstances where traditions and well-proven methods and practices are respected
  2. Rules and regulations are to be in place
  3. Like to work in a methodical and cautious manner
  4. A neat and secure environment is the ideal


  1. Like to plan, organize and arrange things
  2. Follow an orderly, detailed and systematic approach
  3. Implement and put things into action
  4. Work according to a schedule or a ‘to do’ list
  5. Seek to administer and oversee tasks
  6. Priorities such as perseverance, efficiency and usefulness


The person who prefers the thinking processes most commonly associated with the lower right quadrant of the brain has a desire to seek harmony, connectedness and positivity. This individual could either be a Socialiser or an Empathizer.


  1. Work with others in groups
  2. Spend free time in the company of others
  3. Seek to be surrounded by people and be part of gatherings and crowds
  4. Bring people together at work or when entertaining
  5. Share information
  6. Try to reach consensus and encourage others to participate in sharing ideas
  7. Outgoing and energetic when in the company of others


  1. Aim to assist and reach out to others
  2. Try to serve others through a caring, sensitive and unobtrusive attitude
  3. Dependent on intuition
  4. Encourage others to achieve
  5. Foster a positive, hopeful and caring environment
  6. Seek out the companionship of a few friends and family (or animals!)
  7. Place the needs of others above your own


This thinker prefers the processes of the top right quadrant of the brain, having the tendency to challenge the status quo with unconventional ways of thinking. If these are your preferences you could either be a Strategist/Explorer or an Imagineer.


  1. Connect past and future
  2. See the vision, even to make forecasts and predictions
  3. Challenge existing approaches and ask the “Why?” Questions
  4. Try to find a challenge and therefore unfamiliar territory and new experiences
  5. Consider a variety of possibilities
  6. Not to shy away from risk when you are involved in designing future trends


  1. Think in pictures
  2. Use metaphors and images to describe experiences
  3. Tend to draw pictures, doodle and scribble when listening to someone
  4. Play around with impossible ideas
  5. Daydream, fantasize and think beyond the ordinary
  6. Can be reflective and meditative
  7. Often do things unsystematically and ‘your way’
  8. Nurture ‘strange’ ideas


Please note that you will of course have a combination of the preferences of the dimensions. In fact, most people are what we refer to as “double-dominant”, meaning their profile reflects a dominance in two quadrants, encapsulating four of the 8-dimensions. As briefly mentioned above, whichever dimension the individual is seen to prefer will mean that they will most likely resort to that mode of thinking when operating in the relevant quadrant.

We are humans, and, therefore, adaptable, creative beings who have the potential to learn new skills. You can practice whichever dimension you so choose and become as proficient in it as with your more natural thinking preferences. Let nobody tell you otherwise.


If you are interested in discovering your 8-dimension profile, the profiles in their relevant categories are waiting for you on our NBI page. Please click here to visit the profiles page.

Jun 28, 2019

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