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?
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.
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™ 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
Apply easy strategies to reduce your sensory overload and improve your health, well-being and productivity
Improve your stress-, time- and energy management to be more resilient to daily change and chaos
Be more accepting of others and improve your relationships with family, colleagues and friends
Understand your core body needs, apply self-care and take ownership to adapt your lifestyle and choices accordingly
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
We are all unique and so are our sensory thresholds. Increased self-awareness can bring about acceptance of individual differences and improve relationships.
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.
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.
Owner of Sakkie Basson Rekenmeesters BK
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.
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.”