When I saw the lecture entitled “Psychogeometrics” I said “What? This just makes me think of math!” It is one of the lectures we have in the business management class and it is a completely new tool for us to better run our practice and also our lives.
According to its definition, psychogeometrics is based on the hypothesis that people are more attracted to certain shapes based on their personalities and the way their brains function. By understanding this and knowing who loves what shape, as veterinarians, we can tailor our methods to deal with different clients, or as practice owners, we can make our team more efficient by assigning the right person to do the right thing.
Its name might blow your mind but it’s actually fairly easy and straightforward. There are five different shapes that one can choose two from – square, rectangle, triangle, circle, and squiggle. For example, my favorite shapes are squares and circles. As a “square” person, you’ve chosen the most structured shape out of the five, meaning that you are a well-organized person and you will work your butt off to check all the items on your to-do list. However, on the other hand, it also indicates that you may not be a strong decision-maker because you tend to concentrate more on teeny tiny details rather than the big picture. So, how to make this knowledge more practical and applicable to work/life? A “square” person would be a good fit for jobs such as an accountant, secretary, or technician because they work extremely hard and are typical perfectionists. As to dealing with clients, if we know a client is a “triangle” person, who tends to boss others around and are impatient, it would be smart of us to customize the way we communicate with them. In such a case, our conversation would need to be more succinct and hit the most important points.
Again, veterinary medicine is not solely about medicine; there are many things out there that are good to know, such as veterinary economics and team management, etc. Psychogeometrics is just another tool we can use to assist us in daily practice and also in life.