We are all unique and different. The world looks, sounds, smells, feels and tastes different for all of us. Through online assessments, we help you to understand your sensory processing style which is mostly part of your genetic brain wiring.  It is similar to a personality assess but based on your sensory thresholds and how the environment influences your daily responses. Our sensory barcode was designed to represent the uniqueness and diversity of all human beings.  We are all different and explains habits, behaviours, likes and dislikes.  By learning more about yourself and others you can manage your life better.

What exactly can we do for you?

Sensory Quiz
The Sensory Quiz is our freebie for anyone needing a quick introduction to sensory intelligence

We provide you with 15 choice questions to determine what your sensory processing style is and what your sensory thresholds are most likely to be.  You will get a short introduction to explain whether you have low, high or medium thresholds. It is a great and obvious starting place to engage with your senses.

Sensory Matrix™
The Sensory Matrix™ is for anyone who wants to be more self-aware, productive and healthy

It is an in-depth assessment asking 120 questions about your visual, auditory, tactile, smell, taste, movement and multi-sensory baseline choices for stimulation. It provides a 25-page report with results, insights and strategies.  It provides aha moments to understand your distractions, irritations, stress and behaviour through your sensory processing style. It is a great personal, team and family development tool.

Senses on Call™
Senses on Call™ measures sensory processing styles as a successful performance predictor for call centres

The Senses on Call assess (60 questions) has been developed based on my PhD research and is designed exclusively for contact centre employee solutions. It measures your sensory processing style to determine whether someone is suitable to work in the noisy and chaotic work environments of a typical call centre. A 9-page report provides customised solutions to improve performance and reduce attrition in call centres.

The benefits of sensory intelligence for you

Important statistics you should know

When you understand your sensory processing style, your habits and preferences, you will make better choices and improve the quality of your life

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We are all unique and so are our sensory thresholds. Increased self-awareness can bring about acceptance of individual differences and improve relationships.

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Ignoring personal preferences can create additional stress. Pay close attention to the impact that the sensory environment has on your overall well-being and daily productivity.

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Having a better understanding of the impact the sensory environment has on your comfort levels throughout the day can potentially reduce stress, prevent sensory overload and improve your health.

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Testimonials

Colette Swart
Psychometrist
“What a wonderful tool, helping people make sense of their world and the way they respond to it. The Sensory Matrix is truly an inviting tool and easy to follow. It provides rich information around our sensory input that no one should be without. The practical sensing strategies are just amazing and really makes life easier.”
Sakkie Basson
Owner of Sakkie Basson Rekenmeesters BK
“The Sensory Matrix™ and debrief is a must for any workplace or married couple. Understanding and acknowledging that people have different sensory thresholds and what those thresholds are will bring out the best in any relationship. This relationship could be personal or work related. So glad I did it for myself as well as for my employees.”
Candice Black
Director / Founder & Independent Consulting Psychometrist at HUMANESSENCE (Pty) Ltd

“About a year ago I was not myself. It was a paradoxical time, having just married the love of my life and celebrated a wonderful wedding with our loved ones, my heart was full.

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On the other hand, I had been through a year of intense stress. In striving for an unattainable level of “perfection”, I caused myself immense anxiety related to the wedding details and striving to maintain perfection at work (ironically, work demands were at an all-time high). In addition to this, working 8 to 5 in a large corporate environment, and spending between 10 and 15 hours commuting each week, moving house, travelling frequently, trying to find time to exercise and eat healthily in preparation for the wedding, along with countless other stressors, I became burned out. I spent many nights wide awake, my mind spinning with to do lists so long I could not even fathom where to start. I often became paralyzed by my mental chatter, worrying about so many things at once. At the time, the best way I could describe it to my fiancé was that I had so many “tabs” open in my head that I had run out of mental “bandwidth.” I spiralled into a cycle of terrible anxiety and insomnia.

For an introvert and a perfectionist such as myself, juggling so many competing priorities caused mental and physical strain. Coming back to my baseline level of anxiety (which is naturally still well above the average) was a challenge. For a while life did not slow down and I continued to feel like I was being pulled in all directions. My head was so full and my time so limited that moments of quiet were few and far between, yet I desperately craved time to process things and reflect. The smallest sounds were physically painful for me to tolerate – a loud cellphone ring in the office, a car hooting in traffic, trucks driving down the road outside my home – I became reactive and easily distracted by everything in my environment and could not focus. Instinctively, all I wanted during this time was to be in a quiet, dark room where I could close my eyes and get away from all sensory stimulation. During the process of moving house, I felt like I was drowning in all the “things” around me – clutter and “stuff” became unbearable to deal with and I felt an intense need for order and tidiness in my home. We had also moved into a new office building and I found that the fluorescent lights made me feel dizzy and nauseous. The overall busyness of life left me feeling like a (frazzled) robot and I started to feel myself slipping into “auto-pilot” mode. I felt as if I had exhausted all resources; mental, emotional, and physical, and that I had very little energy left for the important people and activities in my life.

In search of some relief, I came across Annemarie Lombard’s book “Sensory Intelligence”. It was here I learned that I am extremely “Sensory Sensitive”, becoming overstimulated very easily by my external environment. Finally, everything started to make sense – I felt like a sponge absorbing every little detail of what was happening around me. Furthermore, I knew that others around me were not experiencing life in this way. I became more and more aware of the essential, inherent need that I have to be alone, and to have space, peace and quiet in my day to restore my energy and centre myself. It is in retrospect that I learned that for me personally, this is a critical need, as important as breathing. I realised that my current lifestyle and environment caused me to be on high alert constantly – driving far distances, travelling through industrial areas, working around lots of loud personalities, having too much interaction and too many meetings, too many commitments and trying to juggle too many balls simultaneously without having any down time.

Over months of soul searching, I have been able to identify the daily stressors and frustrations that were leaving me with limited resources. Through this process, I have faced overwhelming fear, taken some major leaps of faith and made drastic life changes. This year I have taken steps to create a lifestyle that suits my needs – one where I am able to work independently and have much more space in my day for quiet, deep, creative work and alone time for reflection and meditation. I use noise cancelling headphones when working and listen to calming jazz, classical music or nature sounds. I have set up a practice room 2 minutes from home – no longer having to deal with the stress and noise of travelling long distances has had a massive impact on my mental well-being. I now go to shopping centres and the gym at times of the day when I know it will be quiet with fewer people around and I spend more time outside in nature. I also sleep with a weighted blanket and ear plugs which help to calm me at night. I am now feeling more myself than I have in a long time and I have so much more energy and mental clarity. I feel like understanding my Sensory Profile was the missing puzzle piece that finally gave me the push I needed to create a lifestyle that works for me.”

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