A List of Definitions

On this page are a few boxes that contain important definitions of the terminology we use at CogniLibro. Please feel free to have a read and if you need more information, do get in touch.

Where does the name ‘CogniLibro®’ come from?
The name ‘CogniLibro®’ is the merging of "Cogni" which means brain, and "Libro" which means balance. It's very simple. The logo will now become more apparent as you visualise those two words.

As a business Concept...
The name stands for something new, something that has not been done before despite the myriad of tests and questionnaires on the market. No one has measured your self-awareness in this way before!

Cognitive Intentions

A Cognitive Intention is a cognitive heuristic (shortcut) that is made concrete over time to become an habituated filter for our incoming information. Piaget (1971) called them ‘schemata’ and others used different words to emphasise how we construct biases that help us to navigate our thinking. In CDT, there are fifty Cognitive Intentions and an almost infinite number of combinations. Each pertains to a specific way of filtering information that we typically do unconsciously.

Thinking Styles

The concept of Thinking Styles as both levels and unique combinations of Cognitive Intentions that construct the individual’s thinking in the moment, allowing for a measure of awareness that leads to a choice of response. Each AQ stage could be considered a Thinking Style. However, AQ5 would have an almost infinite number of Thinking Styles within due to the potential number of CI combinations available.

Dynamic Intelligence

Dynamic Intelligence is the process by which we construct our thinking in the moment in order to determine the path from (unconscious) Intention to Awareness, then Choice and finally Response. The greater our awareness of our intention, the more choice we create in our responses in the moment, thus, the greater our Dynamic Intelligence.

The Awareness Quotient

The Awareness Quotient is the tool created to measure the relationship between the fifty Cognitive Intentions that are the building blocks of our Dynamic Intelligence. The score derived from this measure is our level of Dynamic Intelligence. This scale is the benchmark for our Constructed Development, and from whence the Interventions come.

The Thinking Quotient

The Thinking Quotient is the scale derived from Dr Robert Kegan's work on Levels of Adult Development and the founding principle behind CDT. It is a separate scale from the AQ and allows for some validation of an individual's complexity by showing how they think from a developmental perspective.

Adult Metacognition

There is no 'stage' of thinking per se, but there is a measurable movement from one level of awareness to the next using the AQ scale. Each Cognitive Intention is the bridge and the scaffolding to the next level of complexity. By researching those common denominators between similar psychological constructs, a new umbrella conceptual framework that has emerged that could be considered Adult Metacognition.

Zone of Dynamic Development

By questioning the dialectic arguments within our thinking structure, we move beyond the process elements of proximal development (Vygotsky, 1978) and into the adult development arena where a more dynamic cognitive development is realised. CDT contributes to existing theory here by offering a Zone of Dynamic Development for adult thinking, which focuses on what is not yet seen by the individual and thus unlocks the Cognitive Intention awareness within their Thinking Style.

The Development Onion

The Development Onion helps to propel CDT beyond the theory of stage development and stage transition by showing how the focusing of our Awareness on a specific CI creates a more balanced Thinking Style and a greater Dynamic Intelligence. The Onion shows how stage movement is not a staircase, but instead is constructed of increasing circles of awareness of one’s Cognitive Intention use. It avoids the inherent assumption of betterment, as it simply states that a different combination of CI's is a different way of constructing oneself in the moment.

The Four Pillars of Constructed Development

Intention, Awareness, Choice and Response are the Four Pillars and the foundation of CDT. These are integral to our level of self-insight, our capacity to construct our 'personality' in the moment, our capability within our organisation, and the determinant factor in our cognitive complexity. In other words, CDT, when applied to existing theories stands out as the psychological common denominator that unites stage development, stage transition, intelligence theories, constructivist theories, heuristics, and adult development.

Dynamic Responsiveness

Thinking Styles can be categorised and labelled on a scale that offers an explanation of Dynamic Responsiveness as a result of increased choice in our Cognitive Intention awareness. This capacity to respond in the moment is derived from our AQ score. Greater Awareness of our Intention in the moment leads to greater Choice in our external behaviours. This is our Dynamic Responsiveness, which further supports the principle that stages are not required for cognitive or emotional growth...

Stage Transition

We cannot measure something that is immeasurable: we can only measure our Awareness of it. No other development system offers you the mechanisms of Vertical Growth. The idea of CONSTRUCTION isn’t new. The idea of Construction using Cognitive Intentions IS new. Each Cognitive Intention is the bridge and the scaffolding to the next level of complexity. By offering a method of movement by the manipulation of an individual’s level of awareness of their CI choices in the moment, CDT is propelled beyond the principles of stage transition.


We need a common ground from which to work and address the issues of personal Vertical Development that transcends contexts. Click here for a very comprehensive deconstruction of the thinking behind CDT, including a number of philosophical connections.

CDT reveals hidden infrastructure (algorithms)

It was suggested in the original research that each Thinking Style is an algorithm, with each CI being a constituent facet of the make-up of the instructions through the TS. It has also been suggested since that each Cognitive Intention could be considered an algorithm. The way we use them to filter incoming information could be algorithmic. CDT uncovers both versions of these algorithms and thus reveals their hidden nature.

CDT reveals hidden patterns of thinking (styles)

These are our Thinking Styles, as defined above.

CDT enhances understanding of relationship between unconscious biases and responses to environment

The greater our level of self-awareness as defined by our Intention, Awareness, Choice and Response of our Cognitive Intention use, the greater our capacity to choose how we respond in the moment. Each environment will have a different construction of CI's that allow us to respond appropriately.

CDT highlights limitations to learning and thinking and responding


CDT highlights interventions for improvement


CDT highlights interventions for personal development


CDT highlights interventions for development of praxis

The use of CDT in fields such as Coaching and Therapy is becoming reified as new research emerges. Understanding the unconscious use of CI's allows us to offer interventions in the shape of opposing cognitive heuristics with the aim of achieving balance and choice.

Constructed Development Awareness Model

This model highlights one’s capacity for thinking and awareness in a predictive fashion in that the earlier an individual is capable of stepping out of their own perspective in order to predict the outcome of a given event, making use of their awareness of their use of Cognitive Intentions in the moment, the higher their potential Dynamic Intelligence. Up to this point, using awareness as the key for predictive cognitive growth had not been established in the literature.

How is this research significant?

    - CDT - the focus on shortcuts to our self-construction
    - Adult Metacognition – thinking about our habituated thinking via CI's
    - CDT is the first measure of meta-cognition via the AQ.
    - The Four Pillars of Constructed Development – how CDT is deconstructed
    - Dynamic Intelligence – the process by which CDT is constructed by you
    - Zone of Dynamic Development – the adult version of Vygotsky’s ZPD
    - The Development Onion – moving CDT away from a stage-based system
    - CDT separates vertical growth from stage development via the Onion.
    - Cognitive Intentions linked to Piagetian schemata – not done before
    - Cognitive Thinking Styles – and our unconscious habituated use of them
    - The Awareness Quotient - Measurement tool for self-awareness
    - The Dynamic Intelligence Awareness Model – the process for DI awareness
    - Constructed Development Grid – where one places themselves developmentally
    - Emotional Intelligence is a facet of DI when IACR is implied
    - CDT is the foundation for any measure of self-awareness, which is DI.
    - CDT illustrates that ‘competence’ might exist by a different name: DI
    - CDT is the Conduit between domain-general and domain-specific thinking
    - Ontophronology is the constructed name for CDT should it ever get that far!

    CDT, as a psychological field of study allows one to become a:

    Constructed Developmental Psychologist

    Further to these contributions, CDT can be abbreviated as such:

    • CDT reveals hidden infrastructure (algorithms)
    • CDT reveals hidden patterns of thinking (styles)
    • CDT enhances understanding of relationship between unconscious biases and responses to environment
    • CDT highlights limitations to learning and thinking and responding
    • CDT highlights interventions for improvement
    • CDT highlights interventions for personal development
    • CDT highlights interventions for development of praxis

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