A Pervasive Personality Type Determination System
Original Publication Date: 2001-Apr-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2003-Jun-19
Studies in psychology have shown that different people have different personality types and thus different ways of interacting with others. For example, the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI) is a means of determining one's personality along four axes Introvert vs. Extravert, Sensing vs. Intuiting, Thinking vs. Feeling, and Judging vs. Perceiving. According to the MBTI guidelines, one person may be an extraverted thinker, and another may be an introverted feeler. Other means of gauging personality and temperament include Neuro-Linguistic Programming (NLP), the Hermann Brain Dominance Instrument (HBDI), and many others. Knowledge of one's own personality type provides many benefits. In knowing one's self better through type, one is more likely to make better decisions in choosing a career or mate. One is also better equipped to handle interactions with people if one knows one's own personality strengths and aversions. Equally valuable is knowing the personality types of the people one interacts with. This allows for more effective communication and greatly decreases misunderstanding and conflict. However, the best means available today for determining personality types is through taking a guided examination. Such an examination takes time and money that not many are willing to spend, and requires a competent test administrator and interpreter. Moreover, it is obviously impractical to test the many people one interacts with. What is needed is a simple, fast, and effective way to determine one's own personality type and those of the people one interacts with.