The Talent Strengths Type Indicator™ (TSTI) is the latest evolution in the understanding of personality type. The TSTI™ is a combined Type/Trait instrument that provides a deeper, richer insight into understanding personality type. The TSTI™ takes its foundation from Carl Jung’s Theory of Psychological Type (with the most well-known Jungian instrument being MBTI®). It also draws elements of its foundation from the principle works of trait theorists involved in the development of the Big 5 personality markers.
Why is the TSTI™ Different From Other Personality Type Indicators?
The TSTI™ is the first generation of personality type assessments to acknowledge more fully the dynamics of personality. The TSTI™ provides measurement of the traditional 16 personality types (global types) but also 20 underlying facets. Each of the 20 facets have strong convergent and divergent validity with appropriate Big 5 facet scales, giving practitioners greater confidence that they are accurately measuring what each facet purports to measure. By introducing the deeper underlying facets, an individual’s profile can acknowledge the uniqueness of the individual by having elements of their type preferences in both polar opposites of each of the 4 type ranges:
Extraversion (E) or Introversion (I) – How and where you prefer to focus your attention and energy
Sensing(S) or iNtuition(N) – How you gather and absorb information
Thinking(T) or Feeling(F) – The way you prefer to make choices and decisions
Judging (J) or Perceiving(P) – How you like to live your life and deal with the outside world
Often a major criticism directed at type indicators is understanding whether it is measuring a person’s subconscious self or some other motivational state that relates to that person’s context at that time (ie. I am at work and therefore I feel I need to be more like this). This may explain why many type indicators show poor test-retest reliability with some 45-50% of people experiencing a different recorded type when re-taking the assessment. The TSTI™ introduces a “Motive” measure by asking respondents to answer each question twice, “What are you” and “What would you like to be”. This gives the respondent permission to consider their motivational preference, thus providing greater accuracy and consistency when they respond to their true type measurement. The combination of having the Facet scales and Motive scoring makes the TSTI™ the most comprehensive type indicator available.
Acknowledging that Carl Jung’s theory does allow for people to operate within the full spectrum of each type scale, despite this, profiled individuals often feel ‘boxed in’ and labelled into becoming one of only 16 types. The TSTI™ provides greater richness and detail about a person such that their profile can include both global and facet scales at different poles and also motive scoring which may be different to their true type. Practitioners are able to discuss the differences between true and motive types exploring the underlying reasons behind their profile results and the degree of impact on the working lives of the individual.
A Wider Selection of In-depth Expert Reports
With the increased richness of data provided by the facet scales, the TSTI™ provides a wider range of expert reports where extensive candidate response data can be applied to a variety of popular established research models. The 9 available reports explore such subjects as Leadership Style, Subordinate Reporting Style, Career Preferences, Learning Styles, Creativity and Innovation, Sales Potential, Team Roles and Communication Style.
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