The science of TetraMap

By TetraMap_Admin

It works simply, just like nature

TetraMap is not a psychometric tool claiming predictive powers or guaranteeing the way your people will behave. Instead, the simple profiling instrument based on the Elements of nature clearly indicates a person’s behavioural preferences at one point in time, helping them to understand the way they think and act, and to appreciate the differences in other people.

That enhanced awareness provides a robust platform for ongoing learning and development, day-to-day team building, and improved communications.


TetraMap’s origins are in studies of ancient philosophy that looked to nature as a reflection of behaviour. It also takes learning from the work of Buckminster Fuller (1895-1983) that looked to nature from a perspective of helping humanity solve global issues through his design science methodology. Based on the tetrahedron – nature’s strongest shape – the approach builds understanding of nature’s elements in a way that improves understanding of human nature.

The TetraMap model provides:


  • A simple, accurate alternative for people needing to improve their awareness and understanding of self and others.
  • A logical construct of four different behavioural styles preferences reflecting the elements of nature: Earth, Air, Water, and Fire.
  • Beyond behaviour: a powerful meta-model that can facilitate the shifts in mindset necessary to cope with accelerating change.
  • A life-long learning tool for sustainable high performance.

Unlike other tools, the approach doesn’t label or limit people to a set of behaviours or beliefs. Rather, it provides them with the mindset they need to understand the way they – and others – think and act, enabling them to make positive changes.

Improve your team communication and performance – contact TetraMap today.

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You never change things by fighting the existing reality. To change something, build a new model that makes the existing model obsolete.

R Buckminster Fuller (1895-1983)

TetraMap is an efficient mental model for mass application across various population and genres, given its intuitive reference to nature elements. Current times call for high efficiency in response to volatile environments, and traditional learning models / approaches which presuppose time resources may no longer be relevant. What TetraMap has to offer is a common language that can be easily grasped, heightened self- and other-awareness, and individual value-add in specific contexts for expediency.

Wendy Yeo, psychologist
formerly at Singapore Armed Forces


TetraMap is easy for people to understand, grasp and start using in a short time. I’m still often amazed at its accuracy for what appears to be a reasonably simplistic analysis tool. The knowledge and conceptual component appears to be infinite. TetraMap automatically increases team cohesiveness which is often additional value to what the training was designed to achieve.

Jan Alley, Director
Jan Alley & Associates, NZ