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. Printable Version link is located at the bottom of this article.
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.
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.
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____
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____
CHARACTERISTICS FREQUENTLY ASSOCIATED WITH EACH LETTER
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
External events Internal reactions
Multiplicity of relationships Limited relationships
Realistic Speculative (what if?)
Laws Extenuating circumstances
Logical analysis Sympathy
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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