List the personality types that are identified by the Keirsey Temperament Sorter and explain how they are derived from these temperaments

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					                    Assessing Personality {Chapter 15: Personality}

                                        Mrs. Bonfanti

                                 Source: Worth Publishers

To introduce you to trait theory and the controversies surrounding it, this exercise asks you
to visit the Keirsey Temperament Web site (http://keirsey.com/). You will take the Keirsey
Temperament Sorter, a personality test similar to the Myers-Briggs Inventory (described in
the text) that includes four scales assessing the dimensions of extraversion versus
introversion, intuiting versus sensing, feeling versus thinking, and judging versus
perceiving. This categorization parallels Carl Jung's effort to classify people according to
specific personality types.

(NOTE: From the home page, click on the link for the “free” test. Once you have taken the
test, you will have to put in your contact information. The site will send you to a report
page which offers you detailed reports for various prices. At the bottom, however, you can
access a “Mini” report for free. Print both your category (I am an “Idealist.”) and your
sub-category (I am a “Champion.”). Also, access the link which tells you what
careers best suit your personality. What are they?

The Web site provides an introduction to personality typing and its rationale, a
comprehensive description of sixteen personality types (created by the scores on the four
scales), and an explanation of how these types can in turn be categorized into four
recognizable temperaments.

1. What specific temperaments does the Keirsey Temperament Sorter identify? List the
personality types that are identified by the Keirsey Temperament Sorter and explain how
they are derived from these temperaments.

2. Identify one historical figure or current celebrity that exemplifies each of the basic
temperaments identified by the Keirsey Temperament Sorter. Explain why this individual's
personality "fits" a specific temperament.

3. After taking the test yourself, do you agree with your scored profile? Why or why not?

4. The scientific validity of some "trait tests" of personality (such as the Myers-Briggs) has
recently been questioned. Is there reason to believe that the Keirsey Temperament Sorter
has greater validity? Does the site offer empirical support for its claims?

				
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