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Personality Profiling

Personality Characteristics
       A personality profile allows a counselor, teacher, coach, or parent to gain insights into a child's strengths, style of communication, style of learning, and critical ways to motivate them.

       There are many personality tests that are designed to provide information and insights necessary for developing better ways to communicate with the test subject.

       An optimist or pessimist?  A leader or a follower? These are just a few of a wide range of personality assessments that can be administered to facilitate the exploration of a subjects' psychological landscape and perhaps discover hidden traits that have not previously been obvious.

       A coach of a synchronized skating or Theater on ice team needs to be aware of the attitudes of prospective candidates trying out for a position at the start of each season. The traits include:
  • Do you have the right skills and experience?
  • Do you have the required enthusiasm and motivation?
  • Are you going to fit in, in terms of your personality, attitude and general work style?
       A skater's personality has a significant role in providing answers to the second and third of these questions. It is the interaction of each skater's personality that affects the day-to-day success of the organization. If the team doesn't work well together or the coach can’t motivate each and very member of the team, then ultimately the team will not achieve its full potential.

       There is a historical association between academic and occupational psychology which gives the personality testing a degree of credibility that it may not deserve.

       The companies that produce personality tests are very secretive about their methodologies, claiming that this information is ‘proprietary’ and refuse to make public crucial information about how their tests were developed or how well they work. The usefulness and accuracy of even the most well established tests, (for example, the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator that was first published in 1962 and the subject of thousands of research papers), remains highly controversial among psychologists. For more information on this topic see - Personality Tests - Understanding the Industry.

       The Myers-Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI) was originally developed in the 1940’s by Katharine Cook Briggs and her daughter, Isabel Briggs Myers. It was during the wartime and there was a need to help women entering the workforce for the first time to identify the type of jobs which they were best suited to perform. By the early 1960’s, the initial questionnaire was refined into the MBTI.

       The MBTI consists of a series of questions in which the individual can choose only one of two possible answers to each question. The choices are a mixture of word pairs and short statements and are chosen to reflect opposite preferences. Participants may skip questions if they feel they are unable to choose. There are 93 questions on the current North American English version of the MBTI.
 
Note:   Personality Type Information Some researchers use sixteen personality types in their assessments that are based on the well-known research of Carl Jung, Katharine C. Briggs, and Isabel Briggs Myers.

       Whichever personality test you decide on using, the result should be a higher level of understanding of what makes different people tick and how to put the various personality types at ease and building rapport with them.

DISC - DISC Profile Characteristics
   DISC is a personality test that breaks the personality types down into four different categories.   Learn about the four main DISC personality characteristics and match your own personality.

D:  Strong decision maker.
I:    An individual of influence,
S:   A sensitive, dependable, hard worker,
C:  A conscientious and careful worker.

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D’s are dominant.  They’re what folks would call Type A personalities.  They like to get immediate results, make quick decisions and love to manage trouble and solve problems.  They’re decisive and competitive…natural born leaders.  That’s the good stuff.  The down side to D’s are that they are too self-reliant, the one’s who hate group projects in the classroom (can you see how that could negatively impact your team?!), and can be so blunt that they’re hurtful to others.

I's are your people of influence.  They’re the one’s who everyone gravitates toward, the life of the party.  They’re your players who will pull the team aside in practice and fire them up if they feel that the effort isn’t where it should be.  They’re the folks who will immediately walk up to the newbies on your team and make them feel right at home.  I’s just need to remember that life isn’t all play and no work…that they’ve got to get down to business at some point.  And they try so hard to be everyone’s friend and not to hurt feelings that their teammates may not feel a true connection with them.

S’s are Steady Eddie’s.  They’re quiet, but very loyal and love the comradary of teams. The will typically stay on a team even though they are aware they are unlikely to get any playing time.  They are skilled at calming an explosive situation and calming the scene down while others are freaking out. S’s need to learn to assert themselves in group situations so that their teammates don’t overlook their contributions. They typically can over think as problem or situation. S’s should learn the difference between the time for thinking and the time for acting.

C’s are your conscientious workers.  They will practice and still never feel as if they’ve gotten it down. These athletes are perfectionists. C’s are good in chalk talks and watching films because they’re so analytical.  There are prepared for matches, games or competitions. They will know their opponents’ strengths and weaknesses. The downside is that they ask so many questions that they may drive their coach and parents “nuts”!  Because they have such high standards for themselves and they may destroy their own confidence and that of any teammates.
  • DISC Personality Testing  A full, 47-page customized personality report based on the results of a fun, interactive online personality test (assessment).
  • DISC Personality Test   This is a quick, free DISC personality test so that you can have some fun and learn a few things about yourself using the DISC model of human behavior.
Other Personality Test Instruments
       The following types of tests are frequently used in academic settings and the workplace by human resource departments:

        Personality test based on Jung and Briggs Myers typology  Online personality test based on Carl 
Jung and  Isabel Briggs Myers personality approach provides your type formula, type description, and
career choices. Myers and her mother, Katharine Briggs, developed their model and inventory around the ideas and theories of psychologist Carl Jung, a contemporary of Sigmund Freud and a leading exponent of Gestalt personality theory.

Briggs Myers                       Jung Short Test
  • Tripartite Personality Short Test
  • Global 3 Personality Short Test
  • Big Five Personality Test provides a better understanding of who you are? This test measures the famous personality traits otherwise known as the "Big 5". Big 5  Short Test
  • Enneagram Short Test
  • Body Type Personality Tests
  • Right Left Brain  Short Test
  • Egoism/Altruism Test  Discover if you are self-centered or are you willing to give and share?  Which way you lean on the egoism-altruism continuum?
  • Extroversion Introversion Test  This extroversion/introversion test will provide insight into the subject's social skills  -   ranging from wallflower to party animal.
  • Happiness Test  Determining if you're an optimist (glass half full) or a pessimist (glass half empty) plays a very important impact on your ability to achieve success and happiness.
  • Hostility verses Kindness Test  If you lose your cool at the drop of a hat, you need to learn how to control your aggression. This test can help to determine if you have a problem and how serious it is.
  • Control and Attributional Style Test  This test will help you determine if you are in control of your destiny or if you are bing controlled by it.
  • Motivation and Needs Test  What are your personal needs? What motivates you to achieve happiness?
  • Perfectionism Test  How important is it to you to be perfect? Do you place high expectations of perfection on others? If so  it is very likely you are a perfectionist.
  • Personality Traits Tests  Discover the traits and characteristics that come together to form the colorful mosaic of your personality.
  • Self-Control and Self-Monitoring  Are you the type of person who says and does what you feel, regardless of the social consequences? Learn about self-monitoring and how it can affect your relationships.
       Whichever personality test you decide on using, the result should provide a better understanding of what makes people different, how to put the various personality types at ease, and how to build rapport with them.

Recommended Reading:

The Personality Type Portraits  There are sixteen distinct personality types in the currently most widely-accepted Personality Type model. Each type has its own characteristics which can be identified in individual personalities.

Personality test based on Jung and Briggs Myers Online test based on Jung and Briggs Myers typology provides your personality formula, the description of your type, list of occupations, etc.

What is personality profile? June 11, 2009 ... A personality profile is a knowledge management tool used to provide an evaluation of an employee's personal attributes, values and life skills.

Personality Online: The Personality Profile - Personality The Personality Profile measures people on 14 different profiles or 'types' such as idiosyncrasy and conscientiousness.

References:

The Sports Environment

Resources:

The following internet links have been gleaned from personal communications
combined with information from public institutions and athletic organizations/
associations that have a web presence with information concerning team and
individual sports programs:

Developing Personality Traits and Character Traits

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