Temperament is a configuration of observable personality traits, such as habits of communication, patterns of action, and sets of characteristic attitudes, values, and talents. It also encompasses personal needs, the kinds of contributions that individuals make in the workplace, and the roles they play in society. Each temperament has its own unique qualities and shortcomings, strengths and challenges. David Keirsey has identified humankind's four basic temperaments as the Artisan, the Guardian, the Idealist, and the Rational. What accounts for the differences we see in the four temperaments?
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Internet explorer is not currently supported. If you score an X on one or more of your pairs of characteristics, then please apply the default which is as follows:. At a party do you a interact with many, including strangers. Are you more a realistic than speculative. Is it worse to a have your "head in the clouds". Are you more impressed by a principles. Are you more drawn towards the a convincing. Do you prefer to work a to deadlines.
Do you tend to choose a rather carefully. At parties do you a stay late, with increasing energy. Are you more attracted to a sensible people. Are you more interested in a what is actual. In judging others are you more swayed by a laws than circumstances. In approaching others is your inclination to be somewhat a objective. Are you more a punctual. Does it bother you more having things a incomplete. In your social groups do you a keep abreast of other's happenings. In doing ordinary things are you more likely to a do it the usual way.
Writers should a "say what they mean and mean what they say". Which appeals to you more a consistency of thought. Are you more comfortable in making a logical judgements. Do you want things a settled and decided. Would you say you are more a serious and determined.
In phoning do you a rarely question that it will all be said. Facts a "speak for themselves". Are visionaries a somewhat annoying. Are you more often a a cool-headed person.
Is it worse to be a unjust. Should one usually let events occur a by careful selection and choice. Do you feel better about a having purchased. In company do you a initiate conversation. Common sense is a rarely questionable.
Children often do not a make themselves useful enough. In making decisions do you feel more comfortable with a standards.
Are you more a firm than gentle. Which is more admirable a the ability to organise and be methodical. Do you put more value on the a definite. Does new and non-routine interaction with others a stimulate and energise you. Are you more frequently a a practical sort of person. Are you more likely to a see how others are useful. Which is more satisfying: a to discuss an issue thoroughly. Which rules you more: a your head. Are you more comfortable with work that is a contracted. Do you tend to look for a the orderly.
Do you prefer a many friends with brief contact. Do you go more by a facts. Are you more interested in a production and distribution. Which is more of a compliment a "There is a very logical person. Do you value in yourself more that you are a unwavering. Do you more often prefer the a final and unalterable statement.
Are you more comfortable a after a decision. Do you a speak easily and at length with strangers. Are you more likely to trust your a experience. Do you feel a more practical than ingenious. Which person is more to be complimented: one of a clear reason. Are you inclined more to be a fair-minded. Is it preferable mostly to a make sure things are arranged.
In relationships should most things be a renegotiable. When the phone rings do you a hasten to get it first. Do you prize more in yourself a a strong sense of reality. Are you drawn more to a fundamentals. Which seems the greater error: a to be too passionate.
Do you see yourself as basically a hard-headed. Which situation appeals to you more a the structured and scheduled. Are you a person that is more a routinised than whimsical.
Are you inclined to be a easy to approach. In writings do you prefer a the more literal. Is it harder for you to a identify with others. Which do you wish more for yourself: a clarity of reason. Which is the greater fault: a being indiscriminate. Do you prefer the a planned event. Do you tend to be more a deliberate than spontaneous. At a party do you a interact with many, including strangers b interact with a few, known to you 2. Are you more a realistic than speculative b speculative than realistic 3.
Is it worse to a have your "head in the clouds" b be "in a rut" 4. Are you more impressed by a principles b emotions 5. Are you more drawn towards the a convincing b touching 6.
Do you prefer to work a to deadlines b just "whenever" 7. Do you tend to choose a rather carefully b somewhat impulsively 8. At parties do you a stay late, with increasing energy b leave early, with decreased energy 9.
Are you more attracted to a sensible people b imaginitive people Are you more interested in a what is actual b what is possible In judging others are you more swayed by a laws than circumstances b circumstances than laws In approaching others is your inclination to be somewhat a objective b personal Are you more a punctual b leisurely Does it bother you more having things a incomplete b completed In your social groups do you a keep abreast of other's happenings b get behind on the news In doing ordinary things are you more likely to a do it the usual way b do it your own way Writers should a "say what they mean and mean what they say" b express things more by use of analogy Which appeals to you more a consistency of thought b harmonious human relationships Are you more comfortable in making a logical judgements b value judgements Do you want things a settled and decided b unsettled and undecided Would you say you are more a serious and determined b easy-going In phoning do you a rarely question that it will all be said b rehearse what you'll say Facts a "speak for themselves" b illustrate principles Are visionaries a somewhat annoying b rather fascinating Are you more often a a cool-headed person b a warm-hearted person Is it worse to be a unjust b merciless Should one usually let events occur a by careful selection and choice b randomly and by chance
Learn about the four temperaments
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Keirsey Temperament Sorter®-II (KTS®-II)
If you've been asked to take the Keirsey Temperament Sorter, you might greet the idea with a strange combination of happy anticipation and trepidation. You want to find out what the test has to say about you, and you hope it will prove what a great person you are. At the same time, you fear that it might reveal something you don't want to know and don't want others to notice either. What is this test about, should you take the test , and what could it potentially reveal? To understand, you need to know a bit about temperament as Keirsey has described it.
Keirsey Temperament Sorter
The Keirsey Temperament Sorter KTS is a self-assessed personality questionnaire designed to help people better understand themselves and others. It was first introduced in the book Please Understand Me. It is one of the most widely used personality assessments in the world, and its user base consists of major employers including Bank of America , Allstate , the U. The KTS is closely associated with the Myers—Briggs Type Indicator MBTI ; however, there are significant practical and theoretical differences between the two personality questionnaires and their associated different descriptions. David Keirsey expanded on the ancient study of temperament by Hippocrates and Plato.