Movement Pattern Analysis


Everyone has their own way to approach a decision. “Movement Pattern Analysis” (MPA) describes the individual path of decision-making in a profile. This profile has been used successfully in over 30 countries around the world for over 50 years.


Essentially, the MPA provides information on the following points: 

  • the general approach to making decisions
  • the motivation for action in the different phases of decision-making
  • the preferred interaction pattern in the different phases


Primary fields of application are e.g. 

  • a style analysis of people in management positions, as they shape the entire project or company
  • filling of job positions through matching the MPA profile with the scope of duties - this has a positive effect on job satisfaction and accomplishment
  • in team building - through a balanced composition of different profiles that are tailored to the tasks at hand, productivity is optimized and inappropriate decisions are prevented
  • the establishment of special “task forces” - to utilize the strengths of the specific profiles in the context of specific tasks

By mapping the individual’s motivation in the MPA, not only do you become more aware of your own strengths, but it also becomes clearer why you get along well with some people and less with others. Different preferences in decision making can be the trigger for disputes and misunderstandings, in work - as well as in your private life.  

Through MPA it is possible to understand someone else's different approach to the decision-making process. This decision-making style probably does not correspond to one's own, but it can be very helpful precisely because it is complementary. Therefore, it can lead to an overall more balanced decision - only in this way can a team be a "strong" team!

To create an MPA, non-verbal behavior is observed and linked to an interpretative framework for decision-making. The movement researcher Rudolf Laban made it possible to analyze individual movements. Warren Lamb, a student of Laban, developed what was first called “Action Profile” and is now called “Movement Pattern Analysis” (MPA). The observation of very specific movements - which tend to happen unconsciously - provides information about how much energy the individual brings into the various phases of the decision-making.


For most people, the motivations for the distinct phases of the decision-making process are distributed differently. While some people are highly motivated to gather information, others may have a greater interest in getting directly involved in the implementation of the decision, or in starting to build their convictions. On the basis of six initiatives and their interrelationships, a motivation pattern emerges, which is very complex and thus the individual differences are mapped. If external circumstances require it, each person is able to deviate from the preferred path of their own profile in the decision-making process. However, this deviation is often perceived as strenuous and thus has a long-term effect on productivity and satisfaction.


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