Tilt Introduces new paradigms for personality and trait theory.


Based on more than two decades of research, Tilt introduces new concepts that bust common myths about personality, trait theory and how it relates to energy, productivity and creativity.


Myth # 1: Your “Type” Is Who You Are.

New Paradigm: You're Not A Type. You Tilt.



Tiltology introduces a theory of personality and character development that extends well beyond simple typology. Old systems of typology can unwittingly encourage self-limiting beliefs that result in a self-imposed glass ceiling. Tilt operates from a belief that the human psyche is unimaginably creative, deeply complex and, therefore, not limited by a personality "type" but instead capable of adapting to a wide range of situations and contexts. In fact, people will naturally "tilt" in a variety ways, taking on collections of human patterns called personas, in response to the current demands of their specific environment. For example, when faced with a situation where someone we care about is in danger, a heroic persona may show up to help us rise to the challenge. This doesn't mean we are a hero all the time, just that we can become one if the context calls for it.


Myth # 2: Your Personality Is Who You Are.

New Paradigm: You're Much More Than Your Personality.



You are so much more than your personality. Underneath the many personas you might deploy in various contexts lies a true self that is the most essential part of your humanity. This true self is the part of you that is capable of being the OBSERVER of your personas in action. We designed True Tilt to identify your most automatic behavioral patterns that arise repeatedly because they have worked for you in the past. These patterns may characterize the ways you most commonly think, feel, and interact with the world around you but they do not necessarily limit who you become. In fact, your true self will emerge more clearly as you increase self-knowledge and become more aware of your tilting patterns. Tilt is a framework of organizing principles that can help you choose behaviors more consciously, allowing you to be at your best in a variety of contexts because you operate less from imagined fears and more from the strength of a centered true self.


Myth # 3: You Can't Change Your Personality.

New Paradigm: You Can Rewire Personality Patterns.



Personality is where you begin, but character is what you do with it. The new science of neurobiology has helped us learn about brain plasticity, which has shown us that we are far from being “wired for life”, and are designed to continuously adapt to new contexts. With Tilt, you'll quickly see that the development of traits and personal strengths that may not come naturally to you is not only possible, it is a means of supporting personal evolution and the ability to think at ever-increasing levels of complexity. This growth can happen naturally over time, but research supports that it can also be accelerated by increased self-knowledge. The key to eliminating counterproductive patterns is to become more self-aware and to make new choices that increase self-respect. The positive reinforcement that comes from increasing positive self-regard helps new desirable patterns stick and old undesirable patterns to dissolve.


Myth # 4: You Should "Fix" Your Weaknesses.

New Paradigm: There Are No Weaknesses, Only Overused Strengths.


The human psyche is designed for survival. Its innate complexity enables us to adapt to whatever environment we are born into. The more danger we encounter early on, the more we may tend to react in extremes that show up as overused personality traits and strengths. Worse yet, these extreme patterns can get wired into our automatic behavior patterns and over-react in situations that don't call for extreme measures. As such, those same overused traits that helped us in one setting can actually be counterproductive in another. For example, we may have come to rely on using attention-seeking behavior as a child to get what we needed from our parents, but now that same behavior may have become annoying to those we encounter at work. We first need to understand why the behavior exists and how it has served us, to then decide if the underlying issues or concerns that triggered it originally are relevant in the new setting.

Myth # 5: Creativity Is Determined By Your “Type”.

New Paradigm: You Are Creative By Natural Design.


Many people think that to be creative requires a certain type of personality. Not so. Since you have a brain, you are immensely creative simply by virtue of being human. Your brain is an amazing instrument of creative design that helps you survive diverse situations every day. Tilt serves to increase self-awareness about your natural tendencies, enabling you to tone down extreme patterns and evolve them into the balanced design that nature intended. When balanced, your identity can be your ally instead of your nemesis. As your self-knowledge grows, you will naturally move away from counterproductive patterns. This frees up precious energy that can be funneled into your top interests and creative work. Thus, with increased self-understanding comes increased capacity for creative endeavors of your choice.

Myth # 6: Changing For Others Will Result In Positive Influence.

New Paradigm: Positive Influence Comes From The Inside-Out.


The development of inner strength leads to powerful Leadership Presence and Positive Influence that enables rapid adaptation to complex environments. Personal development is crucial in an environment of extreme economic volatility, uncertainty, change, complexity and ambiguity (V.U.C.C.A.). Why? Because no single person can know enough to lead without others in such complex, dynamic times. Knowing when to lead and when to share leadershipwith someone else (who has more expertise) is mission critical to success today. Perhaps more importantly, sharing power or status with others requires a solid sense of self-regard that enables calm presence despite a climate of uncertainty and risk. This kind of personal evolution creates lasting growth, achievement and personal fulfillment because it flows from your true self.

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Authored by Pam Boney
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