The Science Behind How You Think

Nov 21, 2019

Science Behind Thinking

No two people are exactly alike. Each of us have our own unique way of thinking which directly influences our decisions and actions.

Axiology is the science that studies how people think and determine value. To value is to set priorities. It is to choose one thing over another, assigning higher value to some things and lower value to others. Whether you realize it or not, you are constantly making comparisons, evaluating, and assigning value. You evaluate things, people, and even yourself.

We assign these valuations in a consistent pattern that is unique to us. This valuing process is one’s pattern of thinking. It includes thinking about and discerning the different aspects of things, making judgments, and choosing. This process also involves filtering, processing, storing, and analyzing data. Our unique pattern of thinking and assigning value is called our value structure. Axiology joins a mathematical system and the dimensions of value, which create an objective deductive science that measures how people value their world and themselves.

Why is it important to understand a candidate, employee or manager’s value structure?

  • Identify and address the sources of strengths and weaknesses
  • Discover motivations and drive sources
  • Recognize the causes of natural stresses
  • Assess partnership and team compatibility

How Do I Understand the Value Structure of My Employees?

The easiest way to do this is to find a axiology-based tool that measures thinking. This type of assessment can be used for hiring and developing employees. It allows you to understand the motivations of the people you manage by understanding their value structure.

Axiological assessments are successful because the words and phrases on the tests are formal representations. This prevents the person taking the test from determining what is being measured and therefore averts the possibility of false answers. Because of the simplicity of the instruments, people taking axiology-based evaluations do not experience stress that often accompanies other tests, and little skill and time are required to administer and take the tests.

ZERORISK helps organizations build great cultures by identifying, developing, and retaining top talent. The ZERORISK Hiring System blends a revolutionary behavioral science with state-of-the-art technology to reduce unwanted turnover and improve employee performance. For more information contact us at (800) 827-5991.

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