We need a common ground from which to work and address the issues of personal Vertical Development that transcends contexts.

Ontophronology is the technical name for Adult Metacognition according to Stevens (2020).


A New Language

From the below, one will understand how the deconstruction of the process of development of one’s thinking can be categorised and renamed as Ontophronology. It’s about how you know what you know about your cognition and your construction of ‘self’ in context. This is your epistemic stance (Laske, 2008). Laske’s work can be considered developmental in that it is not a learning curve but a dialectical movement, and as such, would come under the new psychological banner of “Dynamic Intelligence”. Stevens (2020) takes this one step further with Adult Metacognition for which Ontophronology is the noun.

By breaking it down in to component Cognitive Intentions (embedded in the “now”), rather than using dialectical questions (which have a future-direction), and by essentially ignoring the standard psychodynamic approach to development, we get a deeper understanding of how an individual understands their own thinking and behaving in context in the moment. Their awareness of their awareness. This thus requires us to create a new language to go with the new paradigm.

We cannot rely on old language that has different connotations within other fields.


Compare and Contrast - or Different Results?

How does The Thinking Quotient™ (TQ) compare and contrast with other profile systems in the market already, and how does it relate to their output in any profound way?

First, on the nature of thinking, perhaps it would be more appropriate to change the contextual nominalization from Ontology, to something more befitting the cognitive aspect of the profile. A word that demonstrates the nature of being when it comes to the understanding of how we think, such as: “Ontophronology” – Onto (being) and Phroneo (to have understanding, to think).

In information technology, ontology is the working model of entities and interactions in some particular domain of knowledge or practices, such as electronic commerce or “the activity of planning.” In artificial intelligence (AI), an ontology is, according to Tom Gruber, an AI specialist at Stanford University: “the specification of conceptualisations, used to help programs and humans share knowledge.” In this usage, ontology is a set of concepts – such as things, events, and relations – that are specified in some way (such as specific natural language) in order to create an agreed-upon vocabulary for exchanging information. The very nature of being.

The Thinking Quotient is not focused on the structure of thought, as per Otto Laske’s Cognitive Developmental Framework (CDF). It is more a measure of the epistemic stance of the client in that it is a direct representation of how a person constructs themselves in context, and how this process of construction (Dynamic Intelligence) helps us to map their thinking in the bigger picture. Dynamic Intelligence is directly related to the individual Cognitive Intentions as it asks how aware you are of your construction of self based on the combination of fifty CI’s. The final result is the awareness that you’re response in the moment is an actual conscious choice.
So the TQ is about how we pace a person’s reality in order to validate their thinking, by using their own method of construction as they do this, consciously or unconsciously, to construct their world view (social construction), and construct themselves within (cognitive construction).


What is Dynamic Intelligence?

In his book: “Forget About Motivation”, Arne Maus laid out four points that define what he called Thinking Preferences. I have adapted them for my purposes as my research has helped me to determine that they are not a “preference”, but a Cognitive Intention. Your intention towards a particular way of thinking for a particular outcome. Here is the list:

  • Each Cognitive Intention must, at least potentially, be found in all people’s thinking.
  • It must have a pattern which consistently repeats itself – such as a person’s thinking always being about their perspective.
  • It must cover all possibilities.
  • It must be relevant to the chosen context.

Cognitive Intentions are the inclinations which people have developed in the course of their dealings with themselves and with their environment. (Maus. p19).
This sounds like Personal Construct Psychology. Personal Construct Psychology (PCP) is a very free and empowering psychology. We are not seen as victims of circumstance; we have the power to change and grow. We are only limited in our vision of ourselves and our future by our own internal ‘blind spots’ – these limit the possible futures we can see for ourselves and hence restrict our ability to develop. If we can see a future at all. That would depend upon our level of self-awareness and Dynamic Intelligence!
A further description of a Cognitive Intention is:

  • Our unconscious cognitive heuristics by which we make sense of our experience.
  • The Thinking Styles by which we seek to navigate our lives.
  • The blueprints that prescribe both our performance and our perception.
  • Context specific, unconscious response heuristics wired into the brain – it is this that pushed me to consider them “constructs”.
  • The building blocks from which we construct “personality.” Therefore personality isn’t real.
  • The collective differences that create “culture.” – Social Constructionism in my research.
  • Link the two points above as CDT is the conduit between constructivism and constructionism

The Identity Compass profile system has been verified over time by Dr Scheffer in Hamburg and Dr Stevens in Coventry, using over 8,000 profiles as well as qualitative support by Stevens (2020).


Mapping across Cognitive Intentions to Dynamic Intelligence

The Cognitive Intentions can be sub-categorised into Social-Emotional and Cognitive types depending on the output of the individual Intention. If one is predominantly Procedural, this is an indication of how one makes Sense of their actions, thus Cognitive. The opposite [sic] is Options, and would be considered an emotional response to a task.
The same principle can be applied to the other 48 Cognitive Intentions in order to give a map of how we construct our thinking in three potential ways: meaning-making, sense-making and an over-all epistemic stance.

A basic notion is that from Laske’s CDF, there are certain behaviours (in context) that are available to people at the higher levels of complex thinking that are not available to the lower level thinkers. This also is true for Values and Cognitive Intentions.
We are able to map these contextual behaviours using the combination of the Cognitive Intentions, as per the Identity Compass and Thinking Quotient systems.

From a Dynamic Intelligence perspective, we are essentially short-cutting the CDF process, and eliminating the need for an interview, a subsequent transcription of the interview, and then an interpretation of the results using the taught method.
This removes any interviewer bias, and allows the client to tell us how they construct their thinking and what they know about this construction to the extent that they know it about themselves, rather than have the profile expert tell them, as every other profile tool requires.

Collectively it’s about “Who Am I?” as much as “How am I?” and that depends on where I place my attention. The Thinking Quotient™ demonstrates that the client is either:

  • Not Aware of their behaviour and only able to respond in a pre-programmed way (TQ5)
  • Aware of their behaviour but unable to make positive changes (TQ6)
  • Aware that they aware of their thinking pattern but relatively stuck in their values (TQ7)
  • Aware of the awareness and at choice from an execution perspective (TQ8+)

The TQ is demonstrating that one has to go through meaning making to get to sense making, and if you are balanced across your Cognitive Intentions in the profile, then you are balanced between your emotional and cognitive responses to stimuli, and thus have the potential to choose your Response. This would place you at Level 9+ of the Thinking Quotient™.

Simplistically, one might have choice for some Cognitive Intentions, but not others, so where one might be TQ6 for one set, and TQ8 for another, these aggregate to form an epistemic stance of TQ7. This is obviously more robust over 50 Cognitive Intentions than an example of two.


How do we change our patterns?

We do this by Pattern Disruption! The patterns elicited from the Thinking Quotient™ can be seen as a map of the evolving epistemic self. You will not increase your Dynamic Intelligence unless you do something different, and Stevens’ (2020) research shows that doing the opposite of your normal patterns elicited by the TQ is the necessary disruption to vertical growth.

For example: when Observer is low and Blame is high, one cannot separate out responsibility from Self and Other. So we ask the client to step back in order to make Sense, in order to see himself and the Other in order to make Sense of his self-image.

The changing of patterns can be complex or simple. The objective of pattern disruption is not to confound, but to help guide the client to the opposite Thinking Style in order to move the Subject Cognitive Intentions to Object, so eventually, the client has the Choice. See the image below using Internal and External as examples of a change in Dynamic Intelligence and how we reverse them until we attain Choice.


How does the Thinking Quotient™ do this?

Follow this process for Deconstruction of Self in Context:

Intention – Defining what we want to be / do / have
Attention – Using our Cognitive systems for best effect
Action – Quality controlling our thoughts / words & deeds
Choice – Increase the number of times we actively choose
Practise – Rehearse doing new things until they habituate
Measures – Chart progress using behavioural indicators
Reframing – Change meaning using linguistic re-frames
Self-Awareness – Increase our awareness of our “self”
Feedback – Get external information about performance

It could be argued that the better able we are to predict our world, the more control we have over it. Similarly, there are certain values that are aligned with the various levels of complex thinking. For example: at TQ5, “Honesty” is a value that allows one to assume a right and a wrong way of operating in the world (also called Procedural). Someone is held to higher standards as a result of this value. But only at the lower levels. Once you attain a higher level of complex thinking, “Honesty” becomes a nominalisation and is no more valid than “Truth”. It is subjective and impermanent.


Finally - A New Language

From the above, one can see how the understanding of the construction of the development of one’s thinking can be categorised and renamed as Ontophronology in order to separate it from the existing nominalisation for Constructivism, Constructionism, Metacognition and so on. It is about how you know what you know about your thinking and your construction of self in the world. This is the new arena of Adult Metacognition and is called: