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Written by Luke   
Saturday, 06 March 2010 14:25

My task for this week is to do some more detailed research into the Kiersey Temperament Sorter. Namely, the sort of questions it asks, the accuracy of results, time taken to complete and how we can go about doing this.

The test can be taken FREE at http://www.keirsey.com. It requires a log in but after creating an account you seem to be able to take the test as many times as you want. I've taken it more than once on my account and it hasn't stopped me yet, anyway. After completing the test, the website gives you what they call a "Mini report". This tells you which of the four 'Temperaments' you fall into and gives an explanation as to what that consists of. For example, here is the first paragraph or so of my results:




Your Keirsey Temperament Sorter Results indicates that your personality type is that of the

Idealists, as a temperament, are passionately concerned with personal growth and development. Idealists strive to discover who they are and how they can become their best possible self -- always this quest for self-knowledge and self-improvement drives their imagination. And they want to help others make the journey. Idealists are naturally drawn to working with people, and whether in education or counseling, in social services or personnel work, in journalism or the ministry, they are gifted at helping others find their way in life, often inspiring them to grow as individuals and to fulfill their potentials.



This result is free. Now, within each temperament there are four 'Types'. For example, the four types of idealist are 'Champion', 'Counselor', 'Healer' and ' Teacher'. In order to get an 'advanced report' including these more specific results costs about $20 each time, so that's about £15 per person we test. Fortunately, we're not concerned with this level of result, so the free test will do us just fine.

The KTS itself consists of 71 questions and takes around 10 minutes to complete when answering questions honestly. There are some questions that make you think "What do they mean by that?" but these don't crop up too often and for most of the questions I felt that one of the two otpions given applied more to me. Here are the first 5 questions on on instance of the KTS (Each time you take the sorter the order of the questions are randomized, it seems, but the questions themselves remain the same):



1. If you must disappoint someone are you usually:

frank and straightforward OR warm and considerate

2. Which appeals to you more:

harmonious relationships OR consistency of thought

3. In sizing up others do you tend to be:

friendly and personal OR objective and impersonal

4. At work is it more natural for you to:

point out mistakes OR try to please others

5. In making up your mind are you more likely to go with:

data OR desires


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