Personal Style Inventory

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Personal Style Inventory

The Personal Style Inventory is a personality style learning assessment for employee and management development training. Individuals identify a preference for one of 16 different personality styles, learn the characteristics, strengths, and potential trouble spots of personality traits. With this knowledge, individuals can better understand themselves and others, and improve their interpersonal skills.

Why do we behave the way we do? Personality style is the essence of who we are and how we approach life. Knowing one's personal style provides useful insight into how we think and behave. The Personal Style Inventory is an accurate, easy to use, and statistically reliable assessment that identifies personality style along 4 pairs of dimensions: Extraversion or Introversion, Sensing or Intuiting, Thinking or Feeling, and Perceiving or Judging.

The Personal Style Inventory is based on the same Jungian theory as the MBTI®. Similar to the MBTI, the Personal Style Inventory identifies the dominant characteristic of each dimension. The Personal Style Inventory also reveals the relative strength of each characteristic. For example, in MBTI language, you are either Introverted OR Extraverted, Thinking OR Feeling, etc. The Personal Style Inventory reveals the relative strength for both characteristics within each dimension: Introversion AND Extraversion; Thinking AND Feeling, etc. This balanced approach is a more realistic representation of an individual's personality profile.

No formal certification is required to administer the Pesonal Style Inventory or facilitate a training session using the assessment.

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Learning Outcomes;

Identify preference for 1 of 16 personality styles.

Explore the strengths and potential blind spots of each personality style.

Understand how each style is likely to affect other individuals and/or group members. Discover how to adjust to and capitalize on the personality strengths of others.

Theory and Development

The Personal Style Inventory is based on Carl Jung's theory of personality types. Jung found recognizable and repeated patterns in human behavior. 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.

The assessment measures an individual's preference in four pairs of traits that relate to perceiving (the types of information to which one pays attention) and judging (how one makes decisions.) Differences in the way people prefer to perceive and make judgments about their perceptions lead to differences in behavior or personal style.

Perceiving refers to the way in which people become aware of things, people, occurrences, and ideas. There are two ways of perceiving: Sensing and Intuition.

Judging refers to the way in which people come to conclusions about what they have perceived. There are two ways of judging: Thinking and Feeling.

In addition, people have preferences about where they choose to exercise their perception and judgment. Some people are outer-world oriented. They are referred to as Extraverts. Others are inner-world oriented. They are Introverts.

Finally, people prefer one mental process to another. Some people favor the Perceiving process; others favor the Judging process.

What are the differences between the Personal Style Inventory and 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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Exploring Personal Styles Activities

Exploring Personal Styles Activities

The perfect follow-up to any personality-style training, Exploring Personal Styles (EPS) helps participants learn to accept and appreciate their differences. With over 30 activities ranging from light and easy-going to more in-depth, this Jungian-inspired collection generates compelling group discussions and insight into the unique qualities of each personality dimension.

Exploring Personal Styles offers workshop designs ranging from 1 to 5 hours in length plus suggestions to create a longer workshop. EPS is a versatile tool to meet training needs big and small. Extensive guidelines help you choose the activities and the format that are right for your audience.

Uses for Exploring Personal Styles

The Exploring Personal Styles collection is a powerful way to maximize learning about personality styles, particularly when used with the Personal Style Inventory. With a variety of workshop designs, the collection is designed to work within any timeframe and address any level of training need.

Participants will learn:

  • New ways of approaching and dealing with others 
  • How to capitalize on their own and others' strengths 
  • The real sources of their irritation with others' personalities 
  • How to recognize and curb the temptation to judge or criticize

Product Contents

  • Background information including goals of the workshops,
  • The Listening/Understanding Mode, Jungian typology, and more 
  • Suggested workshop designs (1-hour, 2-hour, 3-hour, 4-hour, and 5-hour)
  • Guide to Selecting Activities
  • Pre-workshop preparation guidelines
  • Quick Reference Guide to the Activities 
  • Purpose statements for each activity
  • Step-by-step facilitator guidelines
  • Reproducible participant handouts for discussion during sessions
  • Listing of 1-hour nonthreatening activities, activities requiring some disclosure,

    and those requiring a comfortable, trusting group

Activities include:

  • Workshop Objectives
  • Icebreaker 1: Draw a Picture of Your Style
  • Icebreaker 2: Style Strengths Needed in My Position
  • Reviewing Scores and Styles
  • Listening/Understanding/and Explaining/Answering
  • How People with Different Styles React to Situations
  • How Managers with Different Styles React to Situations
  • Strengths and Weaknesses of Different Styles
  • How the Different Styles Cause Misunderstandings and Conflicts

(Long Version)

  • How the Different Styles Cause Misunderstandings and Conflicts

(Short Version)

  • Adapting to the Needs of Different Styles
  • Using the Strengths of People with Different Styles
  • Debriefing the Workshop
  • Comparing Strengths and Weaknesses in Daily Interactions
  • Using the Strengths of the Other Dimensions
  • Building a Team by Examining its Strengths and Weaknesses
  • Seeing Ourselves as Others See Us
  • Behave Yourself
  • Picture This
  • The Many Dimensions of My Job
  • The Many Sides of My Personality
  • Mutual Admiration Society
  • Famous People’s Styles Trivia
  • A Generic Discussion
  • A Family Portrait
  • A Family Affair
  • Creating the Perfect Team or Department #1
  • Creating the Perfect Team or Department #2
  • I Love a Good Mystery
  • I Wish I Could Be More…
  • If the Shoe Fits…
  • Voicing Some Reservations
  • I Wish I Weren't So…

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Just My Type Game

Just My Type Game

Add an exhilarating and meaningful exercise to any training session. Just My Type is a fun, revealing card game based on Jung's theory of personality types.

By trading and discussing cards and fashioning a hand that best captures their personality style, players learn about 4 personality dimensions: Extraversion/Introversion, Sensing/Intuition, Thinking/Feeling, and Judging/Perceiving. The game gives participants an opportunity to discuss how behavior preferences impact their relationships with others and how they can work together more effectively and productively.

Learning Outcomes:

Discover one's personal style
Understand differences in behavior preferences
Identify behavior strengths and blind spots
Build acceptance and understanding of those with different behavior preferences 


This dynamic card game is based upon concepts developed by Carl Jung. His theory suggests that there are 8 personality preferences that we all use at different times. These 8 preferences are organized into 4 pairs of contrasting dimensions. Each dimension represents a particular way we respond to the world around us. For example, where we focus our attention or how we make decisions is determined by our preferences. Our preferences in each of the four pairs combine into what is called a Personality Type.

How It Works

Cards are divided into four "suits," representing the 4 personality dimensions. Each card contains an adjective relevant to a particular personality style. For example, a Thinking card might contain the word "logical." Players are randomly dealt several cards from each suit. Some of the cards may describe them, but many won't. To fashion a hand that best captures their personality style, players trade and discuss cards. After the game, participant workbooks provide an overview of personality types, short activities, and instructions for generating and discussing an optional team profile.

Just My Type makes a perfect introduction to any communication, diversity, leadership, or personality-style workshop. The game is also effective as a stand-alone learning event. Each Complete Game trains up to 16 participants. All materials except for the Participant Workbooks are reusable. For larger groups, order one Game Pack for each additional 8 players.

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