Type is Golden
By Roger R. Pearman
www.qualifying.org - online education in personality assessments
If you are reading this article, you already know about the basic preferences of personality type: Extraversion, Introversion, Sensing, Intuiting, Thinking, Feeling, Judging and Perceiving. There are three solid personality type sorting tools in the United States (and often available in other countries), which are the MBTI ®, Majors Personality Type Inventory ™, and Golden Personality Type Profiler ™. The focus on this article is on the Golden because it provides an additional lens on type which is very useful in personal and professional applications of type.
The Golden Personality Type Profiler ™ has a fifth dimension, Tense-Calm with facets of Unsure-Confidence and Concerned-Optimism, which can dramatically affect the way the type expresses itself and how open the individual is to development. It is pretty evident that a Tense individual who lacks both confidence and optimism is likely to need to deal with stressors before attending to more complex developmental challenges. On the other hand, an individual who is calm, optimistic, and confident is also likely to be more comfortable exploring aspects of behavior.
There are a few other elements to the Golden that are different from the typical measures of personality type. With the Golden instrument, your report provides you with a full reporting of all responses. This means that you not only see the preference but you see the way you voted on the opposites, or other ends of the dichotomy. For example, you may have selected Introversion and a good many Extraverted responses. While you may affirm your Introversion preference, you have also identified how much energy you are putting into the extraverted aspects of your life. Or you could have selected very few Extraverted responses, in which case, you are likely to report your attention to or use of extraverted processes as less evident. The point is that the report of this instrument gives you all of your response patterns, revealing the true complexity of how you address your daily challenges.
Another aspect of the Golden is that the items are on a Likert scale rather than a forced choice format, making the data more reflective of intensity of the type preference. Many individuals prefer this kind of instrument as they feel that the nuance of behavior is identified and more reflective of how human beings really are.
There are four facets for each global dimension of type that are reported on this tool These facets reveal deeper aspects of each preference and specific behaviors often associated with development. For example, a Talkative and Outgoing Introvert is likely to be seen very differently than a Quiet and Intimate Introvert. These rich differences provide insights into how individuals of the same type may actually look quite different.
You can download a sample report (http://www.qualifying.org/about/gptp.php). You can become qualified to use the instrument through a web-based e-learning program that is also described on the page with the sample report. If you have questions, please let me know via email: Pearman@qualifying.org
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Roger Pearman is the author of "I'm Not Crazy, I'm Just Not You: The Real Meaning of the Sixteen Personality Types" and numerous other books on using Myers-Briggs Personality Types to improve communications, teamwork, leadership, and relationships. Roger is also CEO of Leadership Performance Systems, a leading consulting and training organization focusing on leadership, teamwork, assessment, and organizational development.
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