The Sensory Quotient – Intro and The Idealist

Introduction to the SQ

The Sensory Quotient is a personality tool that helps you see how your Learned Distress is generating the negative situations in your life.  The SQ can help you see that the negative stuff happening for you isn’t just “the way it is to be me,” but rather just the result of the Learned Distress (which you can unlearn).

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The Sensory Quotient – the Defeatist Pattern

The Defeatist’s survival mechanism might seem a big strange or nonsensical, even.  Their survival depends on creating proof that nothing ever works. They always expect something to be wrong and that nothing will change.  They’re always waiting for “the other shoe to drop.”

Quanta Change founder Mimi Herrmann said that the Defeatist believes that something will overwhelm their Plan A, so they will always have to accept a lowly Plan B

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The Sensory Quotient – the Dictator Pattern

Survival for Dictators is based on making everything go their way. While the Perfectionist is concerned with things being the “right” way (which is often determined by external research), the Dictator’s way is determined internally: “My way is the only way.” They make sure that everyone else does things their way, also—the Dictator always knows best.

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The Sensory Quotient – the Optimist Pattern

This isn’t your typical definition of “optimist.”  Quanta Change founder Mimi Herrmann defined Optimists as people whose survival depends on creating a crisis today to prove that tomorrow will be better. “Tomorrow must be better than what’s going on today!”

The sensory brain, the part that stores our sense of self, can only comprehend the present moment. 

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