CENTERING

Recognizing and connecting to the unconscious operating systems that are driving our thoughts, feelings, and behavior. Once you have this self-awareness, you can come back to it to center yourself.

OPENING

Opening to new situations where we can use our own strengths and to perspectives and approaches other than our habitual ones. We need to open up to the value of other approaches and perspectives.

RELATING

Increasing our capacity to connect with others and to relate to the various contexts we are in. This will improve the quality of our relationships, reduce unproductive conflict, and improve teamwork.

EXPANDING

Increasing our capacity to sense beyond our blind spots into what is needed and what is emerging. As we expand, our capacities to bring forth what needs to emerge will increase.

The Berens CORE Lenses

The processes of Centering, Opening, Relating and Expanding are optimized through the use of some powerful frameworks of individual differences, development, and systems. We call these lenses because they help us more clearly see important aspects of what it means to be human, living in a complex world.

The Berens CORE Approach incorporates an integrated typology of individual differences with many practical uses. Equally important is the methodology of explaining, revealing, and applying this typology. The CORE Approach represents over 30 years of evolving action research and has been in use under other names* until 2012. It represents the leading edge in understanding individual differences. The CORE Approach uses multiple, integrated lenses to help you see aspects of the Center of who you are so you can come back to that center.

Essential Motivators—What are your core psychological needs, values and talents? What needs are so essential to your existence that you will go to great lengths to get them met? Your core psychological needs and values have been with you from the beginning as well as the talents that help you scratch the itch that the needs create. This is the heart of who we are, so you will learn more about the essence of the roots of your personality as well as of those around you. This will open up a deep understanding of different perspectives, different talent agendas, and sources of conflict and stress. The Essential Motivators aspect of the Berens CORE™ lenses is grounded in the patterns David Keirsey called temperament and that were further differentiated and refined by Linda Berens.

Berens Interaction Styles—How do you tend to express yourself? How are you driven to interact with others? What is your natural energy and movement pattern? Your core Interaction Styles is the most easily observed aspect of your CORE since it is embodied in your communications and movements. The Berens Interaction Styles lens helps us establish rapport and greatly affects relationships of all kinds. Berens Interaction Styles is reflective of the long researched work on temperament in children as well as a deconstruction and reintegration of Social Styles and DiSC models.

Cognitive Dynamics—How are you inclined to think about things? Cognition at its core deals with kinds of information and kinds of evaluation processes. What kinds of information do you tend to give privilege to and what kinds do you ignore? What kinds of decisions are easy for you and what kinds are difficult so you avoid them? This lens derives from the wisdom in Carl Jung’s work on eight cognitive processes that he described in Psychological Types and that show up in recent neuroscience research by Dario Nardi. This lens also builds on the latest work in depth psychology by Jungian analyst, John Beebe, as well as on a groundbreaking analysis of cognitive patterns by Linda Berens and Christopher Montoya.

Outlook—Where are you now in your life and where would you like to go? What is the theme and developmental path of your life? What are the life conditions that have influenced your sense of self, your behavior, and your relationships? How have aspects of your CORE interacted with these life conditions? What is your ‘shadow side’? How can you transform all of these to develop and grow? You have a typical outlook on your life that comes from the theme of your personality and how it plays out in your own individuality in different contexts.