Posted by: Mike Ferruggia | December 10, 2009

Personality Traits; The Keirsey Temperament Test

Robin posted a link in one of her posts to the Keirsey Temperament Report, and I was reminded that we were administered this test while I was working at Starbucks. Large corporations like to use this tool foe management, supposedly to help managers understand their people and their temperament and what they best and most effective way would be to relate to them. It has an air of “1984” to it when used by a corporation, but I will say it is an effective tool in self understanding and understanding others. If you are an introverted idealist and have a boss who is an extroverted hard ass, well, you’re probably not going to see eye to eye on a lot of things, but if you understand each other’s patterns of behavior, you can begin to work together and compromise.

I retook the test today, and I am, once again, tested as an idealist(you can read the personality traits on the linked site), but I didn’t pay for the further analysis as to which type of idealist I am, although I have a general sense of myself as being introverted–I can be very extroverted but it’s work for me, whereas it is natural to be extroverted for an extrovert. So, maybe I’m an idealist healer or teacher.

I think it’s interesting that our group is very rare, maybe 2% of the population, which I guess explains a lot, but I like being in a rare group, further testament to me being an idealist.


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