The Complex Perception of Time and Measuring It at An Elementary Level

I invite you to read an article which will show you how time management influences personality: The Timeline. This is a fundamental meta-feature that dominates each person’s personality, although, depending on the context, it can be different. The articles “In Time” and “Meta Time” are its sequels: the detailing of the first perceptions. This is the fourth article of the series.


Across Time and Between Time

There is also an important component related to the timeline field, which pertains to the memories storage manner. Thus, the timeline is also related to the manner we store memories and the way we react to their being accessed. Further to researches performed by scientists such as Pennfield, Carl Pribram (Nobel Prize winner in 1960) and Paul Goodwin, quoted in Howard (2003), it has been found that the memories we have are stored in our nervous system. Memory is thus preserved in the entire nervous system, without being localized in the brain (!). All the information that we have processed in our experience is thus stored. The nervous system performs a sorting process of what we remember.

However, once the recall occurs, each individual can live their memories in an associated or disassociated manner. In other words, we can live the events that occurred then with the same emotion, or we can be detached from them. Precisely in this context, it is about the initial emotion versus the emotion lived in the moment in which the recall occurs, a distinction which is defined by the metaprogram Exuberance (no. 21 at Hall, with the distinctions Timid Desurgency and Bold Surgency), whose purpose is to measure the intensity of an emotion, when it appears.

In general, it is considered that the persons using an In Time perception will relive the emotions at the same time as the memories, while the persons who have a Meta Time perception will have a disassociated reaction, while the meta type also includes the meta-program response to stress. There are however derogations from this rule, according to several opinions of specialists working in this field for several years (opinions differ), which are sub-classed to this category: Across Time and Between Time.

More precisely, a person who adopts an Across Time perception shall not perceive time or shall have an atemporal perspective. These cases are extremely rare, especially in contemporary society, under 1 % of the population. The English expression is «not minding time», although some include this perspective into the «In Time» perspective. They shall have a very calm, serene and non-active perspective of life, and generally meditative. These are persons for whom the passing of time does not matter, and has no effect. They cannot manage to perceive a timeline; this concept is something that they cannot manage to integrate into their perception system. It contradicts their model of the world. Since I started studying timeline, I have not met such a person, but I imagine that certain persons who isolate themselves from the world, such as hermits, are very likely to have (some of them) such a structure. The description of the concept can be found with Eliade (1932) and Alexandrescu (2011).

In order to describe «Between Time», I will use an example which is as eloquent as it can be. There is an American action drama series, 24, starring Kiefer Sutherland. For a while, it was also broadcasted in Romania. In the series, there are several plots which are taking place in parallel, and 2-3 times in the same episode, the screen is divided into 3-4 parts, for each plot, and they are taking place in parallel, while there is also a timer showing the viewers the passing of time. The technique has successfully been used in movies such as Snake Eyes (1998, r: Brian DePalma) and Ocean’s Thirteen (2007, r: Steven Soderbergh).

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Practically, once somebody remembers certain things, they can play movies from their memory, on such a screen, with memories, at different speeds. This extremely rare ability is a kind of Meta Time to the 3rd power, as there is a complete disassociation from what is happening in any of them. The persons who have this ability have a combination of the following structures: they prefer options and freedom of movement, they have very good disassociation skills, they have the ability to control their emotions and a good multidimensional visualization capacity. I have not encountered a person displaying such a pattern, either, although I imagine that it is one that can be developed for some of those who work in video editing or architectural designing.


Distinctions used in LAB Profile Extended (2007) and their significance:

Clarity of timeline: clear / unclear. The clearer the timeline, the more clearly outlined shall the time and resources management be, and also based on criteria, principles, and values. Somebody who has a clearer perspective of timeline shall manage to offer reasons for the inclination they share.

Timeline level: declining, at the eyes level, or ascendant. An ascendant timeline illustrates a perspective towards development, towards evolution. A timeline at the eye level illustrates stagnation. Eventually, a declining perspective signifies an involution.

Timeline: straight / broken: The straighter the line, the fewer obstacles perceived in the future and fewer traumas in the past. A fragmented timeline shows lack of management, a “dispelled” perspective of future plans, of the resources in the present, and of the events in the past.



Grant, Marcus Victor (2007), LAB Profile Extended.

Grant, Marcus Victor (10 June 2011) Photo Reading People, Analytic Vision;

Eliade, Mircea (29 September 1935). Mai multe feluri de a pierde timpul, în 50 de conferinţe radiofonice (Several ways of wasting time, in 50 radio conferences), 1932-1938, Humanitas Publishing House, Bucharest, 2001, p. 161-167;

Hall, Michael. L, Bodenhamer, Bobby G. (2005). Figuring Out People. Reading People using Meta-Programs, Crown House Publishing, Ltd, Bancyfelin, Carmarthen, Wales, UK

Howard, C. (2003) The NLP & Leadership Master Practitioner Audio training (Audio set), Manhattan Beach, California, USA.

Marcus Victor Grant

Text Copyright © Marcus Victor Grant 2007-present. Translation by Cristiana Brezeanu in 2017 of the article ”Percepţia complexă asupra timpului şi măsurarea ei la nivel elementar published in Romanian at the 22nd of August 2012 on Discerne. The original material was written and initially published in 2007. Copyright © Marcus Victor Grant, all rights reserved. Originally written in 2007. Updated by Marcus Victor Grant at 21.10.2017

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