Frequently Asked Questions
What is Movement Pattern Analysis (MPA)?
MPA is a means of decoding how you:
- Approach decisions and prefer to spend your time and energy regarding decisions.
- Communicate with others at various stages of the decision making process.
- Respond to your environment and juggle decisions and tasks.
With this information, you become more self-aware and are better able to capitalize on your strengths and strategize for your weaknesses.
This data is gleaned completely from your body’s movements. Out of all the actions we all make throughout our day, there are specific full body movements that directly link to the way we make decisions. From Hong Kong to Abu Dhabi to New York City, these particular movements are universal and part of our childhood development. From birth to adulthood, our bodies’ and brains are naturally evolving together, and they are learning how to talk to one another. These movements become a pattern that can be analyzed through Movement Pattern Analysis. We call your MPA profile a “behavioral fingerprint” because it predicts with accuracy how you will make decisions, and our decisions are core to who we are and the direction of our lives.
What is the history and science behind MPA?
Movement Pattern Analysis originated in the mid 1900s and is attributed to movement specialist Warren Lamb (1923-2014). For years, Lamb worked side-by-side with one of the first British management consultants, F. C. Lawrence, and Rudolf Laban, a dance virtuoso renowned for his ability to categorize and capture human movement. The three began advising companies on the movements and roles of factory workers and then began to observe how these movements reflected cognitive processes and could be applied to managers and CEOs.
Lamb built upon the movement in the workplace research of Laban and Lawrence when he interviewed thousands of managers, created a profile for them based on their specific integrated movements, and fine-tuned their profiles until they were accurate. The MPA framework evolved through this scientific process of “grounded theory,” and Warren proved that out of all the different ways we move our bodies, there are 12 integrated movements, which connect to the way me make decisions. Since then, MPA has been documented in numerous books and peer reviewed articles.
How is this different than all the personality tests out there? Can’t I just fill something out?
Tests rely on self reporting and tend to produce the results we desire or expect. Studies have shown that when people take the Myers Briggs personality test more than once, approximately 50% of people have different results. With Movement Pattern Analysis, results don’t change with your mood, age, or level of self-awareness.
Movement Pattern Analysis is NOT about personality and is not based on self-awareness. This method uses objective observation from a third-party. You cannot manipulate MPA results; the truth is in your body. The way you move when you’re not thinking about how you’re moving is who you really are, your authentic self.
It is also completely individualized. Unlike other tests that cram you into a small box, Movement Pattern Analysis offers 36 BILLION possible profiles. There are only 7 BILLION people on the planet, so if someone says, “You’re one in a million,” you should be insulted!
Why is this program time intensive?
We interview you between 90 minutes and 2 hours to accumulate enough movement data, at least 150 data points to be exact, producing a comprehensive and accurate profile that reflects your individual pattern. Then, it takes between ten and fifteen hours a person to code your movements. Once we record how often you made each move, we calculate how those movements correlate to all of the areas of the MPA profile.
We then allow plenty of time to go over your profile. During your 2-hour dynamic and content packed online feedback session, one of our DPG profilers reviews your custom report, profile, and actual video clips of you making movements indicative of your approach to decisions. Our profiler explains exactly how your unique behavioral fingerprint shows up when it comes to making decisions and working with others. For instance, what percentage of your time are you motivated to spend on seeking creative possibilities, standing your ground, gaining clarity, or foreseeing consequences? Are you a lone researcher? Or is brainstorming your cup of tea? This session also includes a conversation about your strengths and weaknesses and practical strategies to make smarter decisions immediately.
What’s the ideal MPA profile?
We’re often asked what profile is the best for leaders or what profile makes the best decisions. At DPG, we believe that—just like there’s more than one-way to solve a puzzle—there’s more than one-way to make a decision and to lead others. And just like your thumbprint, no one person’s behavioral fingerprint is better or worse than someone else’s. Each profile has strengths and weaknesses: if you are “high” in an area, even that comes with its achilles heel. You may find that the things you hate most about yourself are actually directly linked to your greatest strengths!
Can I change my profile?
Results do not change, so this is a one time investment. Your profile will only change in circumstances that majorly disrupt established physical/mental patterns, such as a stroke, major surgery, or psychological trauma. You can alter numbers slightly through intense mental or physical therapy or specific movement coaching from an MPA professional. However, DPG will help you appreciate and take advantage of all aspects of your profile while creating strategies that align with your profile and preferences, set you up for successful decisions, and improve your relationships.
What is the difference between CEO Janine Driver’s Body Language Institute (BLI) work and Movement Pattern Analysis (MPA)?
Janine’s BLI courses center around using one’s body to achieve particular results, be perceived in certain ways, or detect deception. Movement Pattern Analysis, on the other hand, teaches you what is already ingrained in your body. Your body has set ways of communicating to others, and it subconsciously reflects your established decision-making process.
The goals of MPA are self-awareness and self-compassion, improved communication and decision-making through strategy, and an overall boost in company morale and productivity through a strengths-based coaching approach. MPA teaches you to embrace and understand you and your team’s unique behavioral fingerprints, not to alter them.