Technically UHM is a holographic integration of the four biological temperaments (referencing the seven major world typologies including the MBTI, Temperament Theory and Enneagram) with the four distinct stages of brain development well validated in western psychology. This combines into one model which makes it much more than a typological instrument. This is because it explains both function (the ‘why’ - motivation & state) and process (the ‘what’ - preference & capability). This makes it a '3-Dimensional model' rather than 2-D like other typologies, and so it can 'see' things that instruments, such as the MBTI® (Myers-Briggs Type Indicator®), cannot see or explain.

It also identifies the 'quality of personal characteristics’ which psychological trait tools, such as the FFM (Five Factor Model) do not, as they focus instead on the behaviour - the how (or ‘quantity of the characteristics’). UHM Professional Report `triangulates' reference points holistically from these seven major world typologies and so gathers extremely powerful insights from only 14 multiple choice questions from which it picks up critical patterns of response. However, there are over 200 billion possible profiles that can come out of these 14 questions!

The UHM is a model that integrates a very wide range of sub-modal typologies such as; MBTI®, Temperament Theory, TMI©, MTR-iTM (Management Team Roles Indicator), HBDI©, MajorsTM Personality Type Inventory , DiSC, Enneagram, People Types, Kolb’s Learning Styles, Benziger Brain Mode, 4-MAT Learning Styles, The Five Factor Model [OCEAN], Jung’s Four Functions, Tuckman’s Model, Four Leadership Styles, Thomas-Kilmann Conflict Mode Instrument, Farey’s Leadership Style Matrix, Landsberg’s, Coaching Style Matrix, The Learning Cycle, Managerial Grid Model, Hay-McBer Leadership Styles, Birkman® Career Management, Optimism Tests and Johari’s Window.

Therefore the UHM can also be used to enhance previous learnings wherever these instruments are being, or have been used, because it integrates them all.

Results and Validity

Since 2007, 375 managers and professional staff have been part of a sample group rating the accuracy of the UHM Professional report on a scale from 0 to 10 (where ‘0’ is 'completely wrong' and ‘10’ is defined as 'perfectly accurate').

They reported the accuracy of the Report as 82.5% and this is despite it including significant amount of 'developmental' information which is much more likely to be rejected by respondents (and it is the holographic nature of the theory which leads to this accuracy).

  • Mean rating is 8.25 (10 defined as "perfectly accurate")
  • Standard Deviation is 0.817
  • Mode rating was 8 out of 10

The UHM's horizontal structure maps to the MBTI® which correlates above p<0.001 with the FFM factors and the MBTI® has many more validation studies than other organisational psychology instruments - see MBTI® Manual Third Edition. Fisher's Temperaments explains the biological basis for the type of preference predicted by the UHM (this preference is linked to elevated levels of particular neurochemicals in the brain).

Time to Complete Questionnaire

The average time for the Focus person and their Reference person to complete the 14 questions is 14.5 minutes each with a standard deviation of 8.3 minutes. This means that 70% of respondents take less than 23 minutes to complete the on-line questionnaire in full.

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I was immediately able to improve my consulting in people and organisational development. More importantly, I have been able to apply the UHM to my parenting and personal life, with amazing results  - Helen Canny, Director, Canny Alternatives