In the early 1970’s while at
Purdue University studying clinical
psychology, Dr Taibi Kahler observed
that there was a process involved in
verbal communication - identifiable
sequences of positive and negative
He also discovered a series of negative
stress behaviours that were associated
with the negative speech patterns.
By listening for those speech
patterns, he was able to accurately
predict how different personality
types would behave under certain
types and levels of stress.
Dr Kahler developed these
discoveries into a clinical process
for rapid psychological diagnosis
for which he won the 1977 Eric
Berne Memorial Scientific Award.
Dr Kahler’s theory has withstood
professional scrutiny and has been
enhanced through continued
research for over 35 years.
Today, PCM is used by businesses
and government agencies throughout
the world as, among other things,
a management selection, placement
and motivation methodology.
Dr Kahler taught PCM techniques to
former President Bill Clinton while
he was Governor of Arkansas and
acted as an advisor to his
presidential campaigns in the field
PCM has been utilised with around
one million people and the data
continues to validate and increase
the robustness of the model.
In 1978, NASA invited Dr Kahler to
demonstrate the efficiency of his model in
the astronaut selection process.
After comparing notes on several
candidates NASA’s Lead Psychiatrist for
Manned Space Flight, Dr Terry McGuire,
hired Dr Kahler.
He commented that a 'process' approach
revealed as much about a candidate in
10 minutes as a 'content' interview of
Dr Kahler continued to work with NASA for almost
two decades, translating his concepts into what is
now The Process Communication Model®,
a non-clinical model for personality
assessment, communication & management
for businesses and individuals.