Personality Style Inventory



Just as everyone has differently shaped feet and toes from every other person, we also have differently shaped personalities. Just as no person’s feet size is “right” or “wrong”, so no person’s personality shape is right or wrong. The purpose of this inventory is to give you a picture of the shape of your preferences, but that shape, while different from the shapes of others, has nothing to do with mental health issues or problems.  Full article can be viewed and printed with Word or PDF formats at the links located at the bottom of this page.


The following items are arranged in pairs (a and b), and each number of the pair represents a preference you may or may not hold. Rate your preference for each item by giving it a score of 0 to 5 (0 meaning you really feel negative about it or strongly about the other member of the pair, 5 meaning you strongly prefer it or do not prefer the other member of the pair). One of the pair must have a higher score than the other and the scores for a and b must add up to 5 (0 & 5, 1 & 4, 2 & 3, etc.). Do not use fractions, such as 21/2.


I prefer:


1a. _____ making decisions after finding out what others think.

1b. _____ making decisions without consulting others.


2a. _____ being called imaginative or intuitive.

2b. _____ being called factual and accurate.


3a. _____ making decisions about people in organizations based on available data and systematic analysis of situations.

3b. _____ making decisions about people in organizations based on empathy, feelings, and understanding their needs and values.


4a. _____ allowing commitments to occur if others want to make them.

4b. _____ pushing for definite commitments to ensure that they are made.


5a. _____ quiet, thoughtful time alone.

5b. _____active, energetic time with people.


6a. _____ using methods I know well that are effective to get the job done.

6b. _____ trying to think of new methods of doing tasks when confronted with them.


7a. _____ drawing conclusions based on unemotional logic and careful step-by-step analysis.

7b. _____ drawing to conclusions based upon what I feel and believe about life and people from past experiences.


8a. _____ avoiding deadlines.

8b. _____ setting a schedule and sticking to it.


9a. _____ talking a while and then thinking to myself about the subject.

9b. _____ talking freely for an extended period and thinking to myself at a later time.


10a. _____ thinking about possibilities.

10b. _____ dealing with actualities.


11a. _____ being thought of as a thinking person.

11b. _____ being thought of as a feeling person.


12a. _____ considering every possible angle for a long time before and after making a decision.

12b. _____ getting the information I need, considering it for a while, and then making a fairly quick, firm decision.


13a. _____ inner thoughts and feelings others cannot see.

13b. _____ activities and occurrences in which others join.


14a. _____ the abstract or theoretical.

14b. _____ the concrete or real.


15a. _____ helping others explore their feelings.

15b. _____ helping others make logical decisions.


16a. _____ change and keeping options open.

16b. _____ predictability and knowing in advance.


17a. _____ communicating little of my inner thinking and feelings.

17b. _____ communicating freely my inner thinking and feelings.


18a. _____ possible views as a whole.

18b. _____ the factual details available.


19a. _____ using common sense and conviction to make decisions.

19b. _____ using data, analysis, and reason to make decisions.


20a. _____ planning ahead based upon projections.

20b. _____ planning as necessities arise, just before carrying out plans.


21a. _____ meeting new people.

21b. _____ being alone or with one person I know well.


22a. _____ ideas.

22b. _____ facts.


23a. _____ convictions.

23b. _____ verifiable conclusions.


24a. _____ keeping appointments and notes about commitments in notebooks or in appointment books as much as possible.

24b. _____ using appointment books and notebooks as minimally as possible (although I may use them).


25a. _____ discussing a new, unconsidered issue at length in a group.

25b. _____ puzzling out issues in my mind, then sharing the results with another person.


26a. _____ carrying our carefully laid, detailed plans with precision.

26b. _____ designing plans and structures without necessarily carrying them out.


27a. _____ logical people.

27b. _____ feeling people.


28a. _____ being free to do things on the spur of the moment.

28b. _____ knowing well in advance what I an expected to do.


29a. _____ being the center of attention.

29b. _____ being reserved.


30a. _____ imagining the nonexistent.

30b. _____ examining details of the actual.


31a. _____ experiencing emotional situations, discussions, movies.

31b. _____ starting meetings when all are comfortable and ready.


32a. _____ starting meetings at a prearranged time.

32b. _____ starting meetings when all are comfortable and ready.





Transfer your scores for each item of each pair to the appropriate blanks. Be careful to check a and b letters to be sure you are recording scores in the right places. Then total the scores for each dimension.


You will notice that there are four (4) dimensions: I-E, S-N, T-F, I-P


In each pair of letters, one score will be higher than the other. Total the scores of each column. Take the higher score of each dimension and enclose in the four (4) boxes at the bottom of the page. These four (4) letters make up your profile. Look at the thumbnail sketch of your personality profile.



       DIMENSION                                                  DIMENSION


   I Item      E Item                                      S Item        N Item


1b._____      1a._____                                    2b._____      2a._____

5a._____      5b._____                                    6a._____      6b._____

9a._____      9b._____                                    10b.____      10a.____

13a.____      13b.____                                    14b.____      14a.____

17a.____      17b.____                                    18b.____      18a.____

21b.____      21a.____                                    22b.____      22a.____

25b.____      25a.____                                    26a.____      26b.____

29b.____      29a.____                                    30b.____      30a.____


Total I____   Total E____                                 Total S____ Total N____

         DIMENSION                                                  DIMENSION


   T Item          F Item                                     J Item         P Item


3a._____      3b._____                                    4b._____      4a._____

7a._____      7b._____                                    8b._____      8a._____

11a.____      11b.____                                    12b.____      12a.____

15b.____      15a.____                                    16b.____      16a.____

19b.____      19a.____                                    20a.____      20b.____

23b.____      23a.____                                    24a.____      24b.____

27a.____      27b.____                                    28b.____      28a.____

31b.____      31a.____                                    32a.____      32b.____


Total T____ Total F____                                Total J____   Total P____











The following phrases and words describe the various letter designations. Circle the applicable letter and descriptions on the page.


E for Extraversion                            I for Introversion


Expend energies                                             Conserves energy

Interaction                                                      Concentration

External events                                               Internal reactions

Multiplicity of relationships                                Limited relationships


S for Sensing                 N for Intuition


Experience                                                      Hunches

Realistic                                                          Speculative (what if?)

Actual                                                             Possible

Practicality                                                      Ingenuity


T for Thinking                           F for Feeling


Objective                                                        Subjective

Principles                                                         Values

Laws                                                               Extenuating circumstances

Logical analysis                                                Sympathy


J for Judging                             P for Perception


Decided                                                          Gather more data

Closure                                                           Open options

Let’s get the show on the road                        There’s plenty of time

Deadline!!!                                                      What deadline???  


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