A.K.A. Personality Tests
Myers-Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI®)
Goal: Identify people’s Personality Type as it is related to their communication and perception tendencies.
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The Myers-Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI®) is an instrument that distinguishes people according to sixteen (16) basic personality types. These types describe a person’s natural preference regarding four basic human processes (mental habits or “Temperaments”):
1) How we derive and focus our personal source of Energy through either
Extroverting (E) or Introverting (I).
2) How we assimilate or absorb information and form Perceptions through either
Sensing (S) or Intuition (N).
3) How we Judge matters and form conclusions through either
Thinking (T) or Feeling (F).
4) How we establish our Orientation & attitudes toward the outer world through
Judging (J) or Perceiving (P).
The MBTI® does not attempt to reveal any deep dark secrets, neurosis, nor antisocial pathologies. This instrument is not best used as a predictor of specific behavior, although it does correlate to patterns and tendencies. By theory, people are regularly forced out of their natural type causing stress and less optimal function.
What the MBTI® does offer is an organized method to help us understand our own preferences for dealing with our environment and other people. It also shows how each person is distinct in their own coping mechanisms, which may be significantly different from our own ways of dealing with any given situation.
The MBTI® is very useful to understand the natural conflicts and misunderstandings experienced in normal communication that are often unconscious or unrecognized. Once this knowledge is acquired, effective strategies for overcoming common barriers to good communication can reasonably be established.
This often results in much more effective communication with far less stress within the given interpersonal environment, social-group or professional work-group.
California Psychological Inventory (CPI®)
Goal: Assess the variables that people use to understand, classify and predict their own behavior and that of others (people’s characteristics and coping mechanisms).
The California Psychological Inventory™ (CPI™) assessments are powerful tools for helping individuals improve their performance and enabling organizations to find and develop high-potential employees and leaders and cultivate a rich pool of talent for building organizational success.
The CPI instruments help people gain a clearer picture of their personal and work-related characteristics, motivations, and thinking styles—as well as how they manage themselves and deal with others—and provide a view into their strengths and developmental opportunities.
The CPI model helps individuals discover their orientations toward people and interpersonal experience, toward rules and values, and toward their inner feelings. Participants’ results in these areas indicate which of four different ways of living, or lifestyles, best describe them and provide insights about how they see themselves and how they are seen by others.
Explore the CPI Model
Why they’re Popular
The CPI instruments are trusted tools because they:
- Provide a portrait of both personal and work-related characteristics
- Develop leadership abilities by helping individuals better understand themselves and how they interact with others
- Help organizations identify talent by measuring results relating to occupational issues, creativity, leadership, amicability, and tough-mindedness
- Offer real-life applications and practical insights for training, development, and coaching by presenting suggested next steps
- Are backed by excellent support and guidance through CPP’s global distributor network
How They Help
The CPI assessment is ideal for a wide range of applications, including:
- Leadership development: help individuals and organizations identify leadership strengths and developmental opportunities
- Performance improvement: increase leaders’ self-awareness and help them adjust their behavior
- Succession planning: build leaders at all levels and strengthen the organization
- Selection and retention: help organizations find the right talent and keep them engaged
Executive coaching: can be used to create developmental plans that empower leaders to reach their full potential
Taylor-Johnson Temperament Analysis (T-JTA®)
Goal: Measure a set of personality variables, attitudes and behavioral tendencies that affect professional, vocational, social, academic, and interpersonal relationships coping styles.
The T-JTA® not intended to diagnose extreme maladjustments. In general however, the T-JTA is designed to identify relevant traits and/or tendencies within the context of the interpersonal relationships environment which individuals are expected to interact; i.e. for use in the more ordinary counseling situation, such as individual, premarital and family counseling, and in student and vocational (job) counseling, screening and guidance.
The T-JTA® distinguishes an individual’s affinity towards Nine Traits and Nine Opposite Traits:
The T-JTA® then rates the response Social-Norm scale (amplitude) as either:
“Excellent,” “Acceptable,” “Improvement Desirable,” or “Improvement Needed.”
Some of the traits are preferred to be strong, others are preferred to strike a moderate balance.
DISC Profile Assessment
DISC is a personal assessment tool used to improve work productivity, teamwork and communication. DISC is non-judgmental and helps people discuss their behavioral differences. If you participate in a DISC program, you’ll be asked to complete a series of questions that produce a detailed report about your personality and behavior.
The DISC model provides a common language that people can use to better understand themselves and to adapt their behaviors with others. This can be within a work team, a sales relationship, a leadership position, or other relationships.
DISC profiles help you and your team:
- Increase your self-knowledge: how you respond to conflict, what motivates you, what causes you stress and how you solve problems
- Facilitate better teamwork and minimize team conflict
- Develop stronger sales skills by identifying and responding to customer styles
- Manage more effectively by understanding the dispositions and priorities of employees and team members
- Become more self-knowledgeable, well-rounded and effective leaders
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Using the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator