The human design variables influence how you develop in the world of work and how you interact with your environment. In this blog article, you will find detailed information about the characteristics of the variables and interesting correlations with the development of the world of work. Don’t miss this interesting article. Have fun reading it!

What are the variables in Human Design?

The human design variables describe the mode of cognitive abilities. This means, on the one hand, how the brain perceives information from the environment and, on the other hand, how we interact with our fellow human beings. Each person filters information from the environment in a different way, similar to a radio that receives different information depending on its location.

In general, it is important to understand that not every brain, or more specifically, every mind, works the same. Each person learns in a different way, both in class and in life.

The tones – a very deep aspect in your Human Design Chart – of the conscious and unconscious Sun and Earth show you in your Human Design Chart what your brain is like. How you relate to other people is shown by the tones of the Moon nodes on the conscious and unconscious side.

Human Design Variable Tones

The meaning of the arrows in your Human Design Chart

You will have noticed the arrows pointing to the right and/or left or the ‘Rs’ and ‘Ls’ next to your head in your Human Design Chart. These Human Design variables relate to the activation of the right and left hemispheres of your brain in terms of how you process information and how you engage with your environment. Below I describe the different meanings of the arrows. In the following sections you will learn more about the characteristics of the left and right arrows.

The left human design variables (design side) describe how you unfold in life.

Arrow top left – activity of your brain (Design Mind)

An arrow pointing to the left indicates an active brain that thinks strategically, logically and consistently. It is about storing what is important for survival (in connection with the spleen centre). Everything that is relevant in life is stored in the working memory.

An arrow pointing to the right indicates a passive brain that has a high, holistic and emotional receptivity (connection with the emotional centre). There is a high receptivity (receptivity).

Incidentally, the arrow at the top left also has something to do with our digestion, but due to the complexity of the PHS (Primary Health System) in Human Design, this will not be discussed further here.

Arrow bottom left – interaction with the environment (design body)

An arrow pointing to the left means that you interact with others in an extroverted way. You approach others freely and involve them in your topic with your proactive charisma.

An arrow pointing to the right indicates an introverted approach to relationships. With this arrow pointing to the right, you exert a certain attraction on other people because you openly give yourself to them. At the beginning, you passively take part in conversations and wait to see which topic comes up.

The human design variables on the right (personality) describe how you interact with your environment.

Arrow top right – functioning of the mind and motivation (Personality Mind)

An arrow pointing to the left indicates a strategic mind that only processes the relevant information for your life. You think conceptually and goal-orientated. You often think one step ahead about the information you receive and like to ask further questions.

An arrow pointing to the right indicates a receptive mind that takes in everything there is to take in. This mind processes everything and serves as a resource for your environment.

Arrow bottom right – perception of the environment (personality body)

An arrow pointing to the left means that you are focussed on your surroundings. You are focussing your eyes on something specific.

An arrow pointing to the right means that you favour flexibility and spontaneity when perceiving your surroundings. You therefore have a very wide (broad) view without blinkers.

Human Design Variables 4 arrows

The collective development of left-hand human design variables into right-hand variables

Yin and yang stand for duality and yet form a unity. The terms yin and yang express the opposing relationships of everything in the world. So everything has a contradiction. Here are some examples:

Human Design Variables Yin Yang

According to Human Design, we are moving towards a yin age. In the interplay of polarities in the development of humanity, yin energy is increasing more and more, while yang energy is steadily decreasing. Yin also stands for the soft, feminine, inspiring and creative. In contrast, yang also stands for the hard, masculine, active as well as for structure and order. And this is where the human design variables come into play. Because the arrows of the variables embody precisely this yin-yang energy. The arrows on the right therefore represent the yin energy, the arrows on the left the yang energy.

As humanity, we are therefore developing into a stronger expression of the right-hand human design variable, but cannot yet completely let go of the left-hand energy until it eventually slips out of our hands. You can find out more about this development from an economic perspective in my blog post “Human Design 2027“.

The left and right arrows are not about better or worse. Both characteristics are needed so that the world does not fall apart at the seams. So everyone is needed in the world of work and in all other areas of life, even if all four of their arrows point to the left. However, the characteristics of the right arrows are becoming increasingly important.

But how is this development reflected in our economy?

BANI as an acronym for the Yin or R age in business

In the business world, this development towards yin energy can be described with the acronym BANI. BANI is regarded as the successor to the acronym VUCA, which stands for Volatility, Uncertainty, Complexity and Ambiguity and is used to describe today’s world. The acronym BANI, whose inventor is the American futurologist and author Jamais Cascio, stands for:

  • Brittle: The term Brittle is characterised by an apparent robustness that, on closer inspection, does not exist or is outdated. This phenomenon describes systems that appear stable on the outside but have internal weaknesses and are therefore vulnerable.
  • Anxious: Anxiousness refers to the increasing uncertainty in decision-making processes, exacerbated by the rapid spread of information, which can lead to paralysis or irrational reactions.
  • Non-linear: Non-linearity describes a phenomenon in which cause and effect can no longer be directly related. Non-linear systems are characterised by unpredictable and often disproportionate reactions to seemingly minor actions.
  • Incomprehensible: This term refers to the increasing complexity and incomprehensibility of events or decisions that are characterised by an overload of information and a high level of complexity of the underlying systems.

Approaches to counter BANI or the YIN age

Jamais Cascio suggests the following approaches on how we can respond to the future described.

  • Brittle: In the case of fragility, he advises more elasticity and looseness.
  • Anxious: We can counter anxiety with mindfulness and empathy.
  • Non-linear: Non-linearity requires contextualisation and flexibility.
  • Incomprehensible: The incomprehensible should become comprehensible through transparency and intuition.

Resilience, i.e. mental resilience, is an important factor that each person must build up individually and on their own responsibility in order to cope as well as possible in the BANI world. Alongside individuality, self-responsibility is also a key topic that we will encounter more and more.

So you can ask yourself how you can surrender to the YIN energy in order to exist in the BANI world without resistance and face the coming confusion in a positive way. With regard to the human design variables, I would like to give you 3 tips for your professional life.

3 tips on how to integrate the Yin Age into your professional life

Listen to your inner authority. Your body tells you which decision is right for you. Give your mind a break when making decisions.
Learn to react rather than act. In the future, we will have less and less opportunity to act according to plan. In chaotic times, flexibility and creativity are required.

Surrender more and more to life and don’t try to control everything. For many of us, this is easier said than done, because we have all grown up and been brought up in an age of planning. Now is the time to shed these conditionings and beliefs and take a new path.


I hope this blog post has given you an exciting perspective on human design variables that is new to you and inspires you for your (professional) life.

If you would like to know in which direction your variables are pointing, you can use my Human Design Calculator to create your Human Design Chart free of charge. It is important that you enter your birth time very accurately as the variables are a very subtle aspect that can change within minutes. Click on Human Design Chart and create your chart.

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FAQ: Questions and Answers about human design variables

What are the human design variables

The human design variables define the way we function cognitively. They explain how our brain takes in information from our environment and how we relate to other people. Like a radio that receives different signals depending on its location, each of us filters environmental information in a unique way.

What do the four arrows in Human Design mean?

These four arrows are the Human Design Variables and relate to how the right and left hemispheres of the brain are activated to process information and how you interact with your environment as a result.

How do the Human Design Variables influence my work and career?

The Human Design Variables can have a significant impact on your work as you gain a deeper understanding of how you learn best, what your motivation is, how you relate to other people and which work location suits you best.


Geschrieben von: Thomas

Thomas ist Inhaber der Human Design Berufsberatung und von TW Coaching & Consulting. Er ist Systemischer Coach, Emotionscoach und Human Design Experte. Nach 20 Jahren Berufserfahrung in der Wirtschaft widmet er sich heute in seiner Coaching-Tätigkeit psychologischen und spirituellen Themen rund um die Berufung und Persönlichkeitsentwicklung