The Personal Style Inventory is based on Carl Jung’s theory of personality types. Jung found recognisable and repeated patterns in human behaviour. These patterns, for almost all of the people Jung observed or read about, fell into one of several pairs of reactions. He described these in his Psychological Types, Volume Six of his Collected Works, published in 1921. Since that time, many people around the world have developed and expanded on Carl Jung’s work. We developed the Personal Style Inventory after careful study of his original ideas.
• Identify preference for one of 16 personality styles
• Explore the potential strengths and weaknesses of each personality style
• Understand how each style is likely to affect other individuals and/or group members
• Discover how to capitalise on strengths of others.
The PSI is based on Carl Jung’s theory of personality types. Jung found recognisable and repeated patterns in behaviours linked to our conscious perceiving of the world, our decision-making about the world, our attitudes toward life, and our relationship to the expectations of the world. These patterns, for almost all of the people Jung observed or read about, fell into 1 of several pairs of reactions. We all engage in all of these behaviours, but almost always engage in only 1 of each pair with any facility.
The pairs of reactions — or personal style preferences — include:
• Extraversion or Introversion
• Sensing or Intuiting
• Thinking or Feeling
• Perceiving or Judging
The PSI vs. the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator
Both the PSI and the MBTI use Jungian theory to measure personality style. However, each instrument asks the individual to assume a different frame of reference. The MBTI attempts to measure how people usually behave. The PSI measures how people would prefer to behave. We believe this unveils a style closer to the true nature of the individual’s personality style.
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R. Craig Hogan, Ph.D. and David W. Champagne, Ed.D.