is Personality Typing?
provides an understanding of and insight into an
individual's unique personality. It is independent of
the 'nature versus nurture' debate - the typing process
is not concerned with whether personality results from genetics and heredity; as a result of environment,
culture, life experiences and learning; or a combination
of all of the above.
It is important to note
that personality is NOT equivalent to other human
elements such as motivation, ability, aptitude, values,
attitudes, beliefs, or intelligence. Personality typing
will not tell a person what their individual values
might be, what beliefs they may hold or how intelligent
they are. However, personality does have the potential
to influence all of these elements. By gaining an
understanding of personality type, the door is opened to
a deeper understanding of and appreciation for these
important elements of lifelong living.
Why Should I Learn
About My Personality Type?
Understanding your own
individual personality type and the theory underlying it
is a fundamental key to increasing your self-awareness.
Self-awareness is a clear catalyst for personal learning
and growth, helping you to uncover and realize your full
potential. By learning about your personality type, you
will gain insight and understanding of your unique
behaviors and preferences - what makes you tick! A basic
understanding of the theory behind your personality type
will not only help you better understand yourself, but
also how your personality influences interactions with
others and the world around you.
Personality Typing versus Personality Testing
The process of
personality typing appreciates that everyone is
different and unique, yet each individual has value,
special strengths, and qualities, and deserves to be
treated with care, compassion, and respect. The process
of personality typing offers a clear vision of
An assessment tool guides the process, but the ultimate
determination of personality type is determined via a
best-fit exercise. The best-fit exercise combines the
information provided by an assessment tool with a
person's current self-knowledge. It is VERY important to
remember that there is no right or wrong answers
associated with the process of personality typing.
Everyone is unique with different types and combinations
of characteristics. There is no 'righ' or 'wrong'
personality type and no personality type is any 'better'
or 'worse' than another type.
personality testing DOES imply some measure of right or
wrong, better or worse, have or have not. Similarities
can be drawn between personality testing and other
measures of ability or aptitude such as IQ testing or
the SAT. Personality tests do have some very specific
applications that are socially acceptable, such as
screening during the hiring process for a job.