Principles of TMA

The TMA Assessment assumes that, when you actually want to know about a person, what has been defined? The most important needs from Murray's theory have been distilled and translated into the scales of the TMA. The TMA embodies 22 different scales. These scales are measured by the probability of making choices on how to make a difference. For example, does the candidate have a preference for a structure? By systematically plotting talents against one another several times, it is possible to measure the true preferences of a candidate. The candidate in his choices and therefore his preferences is ruled by his experiences, education, culture, fears, emotions and so on.  


The outcomes of the choices are correlated with each other. The unique attribute of the TMA is the cross-connections between loose building blocks and the candidate's talents. Statements can be made on the basis of these combinations of how the mix of talents leads to specific behavior. In other words, by the interaction between the individual factors (which inhibit or strengthen each other), a unique "photo" or blueprint can be taken from the personality.

Background to TMA

The TMA originated as an improvement on the current Assessment systems. In a classic assessment (observation) a mutual dependency arises between candidate and assessor. These methods operate on the basis of the interpretation of specific behavior. This form is rather subjective because the candidate is successful in achieving the standard to "succeed". Behavior is also difficult to interpret because it leads to what is seemingly the same behavior. For example, confrontation dominance and the need for status are very similar to each other in practice or in terms of behavior. It could lead to the conclusion that managerial talents are present. However dominance, 


The difference between thinking and doing is something that can be manipulated to be socially desirable. In other words: by looking at the behavior, you can not get an objective picture of a person. Needs and thought processes in combination with the environment are the causes of certain and specific behavior.