How to use your sensory systems to enhance your relationships

You communicate with the world and with others through the sensory systems: auditory, visual, and kinesthetic. Your sensory preference (e.g., the type of sensory data that registers most quickly and intensely in your brain and that gets your attention instantly) may differ from that of others in your family or workplace. Generally you gravitate toward environments that acknowledge and reward your sensory preference. Identify your own sensory preference and learn strategies for enhancing relationships with those who have a different preference.


If there is a way in which to communicate with the world and others without using the sensory systems (e.g., visual, auditory, kinesthetic), it hasn't yet been discovered. The term Sensory Preference refers to the type of sensory stimuli that registers most quickly within your brain. Unless you are challenged in one of the sensory systems, you have the ability to use all three and can process data that comes to you in all three systems. In general, however, most people tend to gravitate toward environments where they are comfortable; environments that acknowledge and reward their sensory preference.

This seminar in designed to describe the three main sensory systems and differences related to sensory preference, both in adults and in children. The consequences of misunderstanding sensory preference and the impact to relationships are discussed. Tips for communicating with others in their sensory preference are explored as well as the importance of congruence between verbal and nonverbal behaviors. Individuals are challenged to identify and honor their own sensory preference as well as that of others. Taylor’s Sensory Preference Assessment is included.


Approximately 50 minutes


Audiences that are interested in improving relationships by understanding more about the sensory systems and using them more effectively.


At the end of the seminar, participants should be able to:

  • List the three main sensory systems
  • Identify their own sensory preference
  • State two benefits that can accrue from understanding their own sensory preference and that of others
  • Describe how to achieve whole brain sensory communication
Arlene TaylorPresented by Arlene R. Taylor PhD
Brain Function Specialist, Realizations Inc