Tuesday, May 14, 2013

What Should Henry Do?

“A Tri-modal Profile combines three Thinking Attributes. The gift of a Tri-modal thinker is the ability to empathize with other ways of thinking. People with this profile can be catalysts in a group andhelp promote understanding among team members,” says Dr. Geil Browning in her book Emergenetics: Tap Into the New Science of Success. However, as you will see, there are challenges. 


Henry has preference for right brain thinking. If you have been through one of our Emergenetics workshops, you know that he is Red-Yellow. He also has a high analytical preference. It’s not a strength (23% or greater) of his but it is 22%.

Ten years ago, Henry bought his first house, and now he is in the market for a new one. The cost of the new house exceeds his budget. But he loves everything about the home—the neighborhood, the vicinity to the shopping district, good schools, although he is not married, he sees the bigger picture and one day wants to be and have children.

The analytical side of his brain is telling Henry that the house is too expensive and if he is not careful he will dig himself into a hole that we won’t be able to get out of. But the social side of his brain is focused solely on the comforts of the home, especially since the house is located near the public library where Henry likes to lead philosophical discussion groups.

Henry doesn’t know what to do. He has hard time sleeping and eating. Each day his brain presents him with a different set of questions.

Says, Dr. Geil Browning in her book Emergenetics: Tap Into the New Science of Success, “Tri-Modals are not always able to sort out their thoughts or feelings about an issue, since to them all sides of the issue makes sense. Tri-modals often tell us that making a decision is difficult.”

Has this ever happened to you? What advice would you offer Henry? Post your thoughts in the comments section.


  1. If his current home sales at a profit AND he can "afford" the new home(especially given the current housing market pricing)/(although it exceeds his budget) he should buy the new home since it is obvious he will also be able to sell the new home in the future at a profit. During the current time it seems that he will VASTLY enjoy the new home due to all the amenitites. Win-win. BUT: Is it likely that his job will improve in regards to future income? If so, definitely buy the house. If it is not possible for future income to increase then do not buy the new home.

    1. I think your response represents the blue or analytical side of his brain which is putting up a convincing argument. This is precisely why he is struggling mightily to make a decision. Well said!

  2. Depends on how far over the budget he will have too go. As been said if it is not possible for this future income to increase then do not buy the house. Sometimes you just have to wait for the right house to come that fits in your budget.

    1. Sounds like the analytical side of the brain to me. :)