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SPOTLIGHT ON: Paradoxical Behavioural Patterns for Decision-Making



Harrison Assessment Paradox technology looks at 12 pairs of paradoxical, or seemingly opposite, behavioural traits which may appear to be contradictory, but are in fact complimentary and synergistic. You will have a genuine strength if you are strong on both traits of a paradoxical pair.



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2 key paradoxical patterns that can help us with decision making are Instinctive Logic and Opportunity Management.


Instinctive Logic

The tendency to use both logic and intuition when making decisions and creating strategies.

The Paradoxical Traits:

Analytical: The tendency to logically examine facts and problems (not necessarily analytical ability).

Intuitive: The tendency to use “hunches” to help make decisions (not necessarily intuitive capabilities).

Genuine Strength:

Logical Intuition


"Use your logical mind to work out your day-to-day issues, but use your inner vision to guide your direction."


Opportunity Management

The tendency to analyse, and take business or financial risks.

The Paradoxical Traits:

Risking: The tendency to feel comfortable with business ventures that involve uncertainty.

Analyses Pitfalls: The tendency to scrutinise potential difficulties related to plan or strategy.

Genuine Strength:

Mindful Courage


"Have the courage to pursue success, but understand and manage your risks."


Having enhanced self-awareness of your own behavioural tendencies around decision-making can help you identify what to watch out for and what may be preventing you from making decisions.

Imbalance Causes Unintended Consequences

Where there is imbalance in either of these patterns it can cause unintended consequences as part of the decision making process. For example, with the Opportunity Management pattern, if you are strong on Analyses Pitfalls, but low on Risking, you will tend to operate in quite a cautious way, with a tendency to have an impulsive 'flip' under stress.

Similarly, with the Instinctive Logic pattern, being very strong in the Analytical trait without trusting your intuition can cause a laser-logical pattern as your normal range of behaviour. This may be driven through an underlying subconscious fear of being non-logical when making decisions.

There can be many reasons that prevent us from making decisions, but a good place to start is to look at your own Instinctive Logic and Opportunity Management patterns.




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