Personality Type Indentifier

Excel App: Personality Type Identifier
As can be seen in the following screen-shots, the application's core features include a very complete, thorough, and accurate personality type identification testing capability, well-organized personality type descriptive content, and links out to the body of knowledge hosted on other parts of the web.

In this screen-shot, you can see the questions on the left and that there are two answers given for each question. Sitting between the two answers is a seven-level symmetric rating scale for capturing which answer you prefer and the intensity of your preference for that answer. In the middle of the scale is a neutral-intensity choice for those instances when you cannot decide or have no preference between the two answers. Selecting a choice on the scale to the left of the neutral choice indicates that you prefer the answer on the left. A choice to the right of neutral indicates a preference for the answer on the right.

As is obvious from the seven-level rating scale, this application does not use the simplistic binary - either/or - scoring method used by most other test providers. What is not so obvious is that is also does not use the just slightly less simplistic linear scoring method often associated with multi-level rating scales. Instead it uses a unique method of weighting the choices along the scale. The combination of a multi-level rating scale and a non-linear scoring algorithm is much better at capturing nuanced responses and produces a more accurate final personality type designation.

The application has identified the person answering the questions in this screen-shot as an "ENTJ" with a 100% confidence-level based on the chosen answers. The application continuously evaluates the answers as the user proceeds through the questionnaire. When the application has reached a 100% confidence level on a choice of personality type, it puts a button on the screen above the questions that will take the user to a page describing that personality type.

Just under the button in this screen-shot, you can see "Shorter Sorter" in bold letters indicating that this person is answering the "Montgomery Shorter Sorter" questions.

Available Question Sets
There are several other choices of question sets. Each is referred to as a "sorter" because the question sets are used to "sort" people into personality types. The application provides a group of buttons on the "control" tab to select the question set that the application will place into the questionnaire.

No Secrets
Unlike other personality type identification tests, online and otherwise, you can find everything you want to know about how the application is evaluating your answers by going to the "data" tab. The data on this tab is effectively the application's "working memory". Here you will find the active question set and its answers along with the character code elements that are given credit by the left and right answer choices. The ongoing data that the application uses as it continuously evaluates your answers is also here together with other interesting calculated fields.

Personality Type Code Names
Personality type codes are fairly standardized but the "user-friendly" names that go with them are not. Each author and researcher involved with developing personality typing instruments has created their own set of names for the different type codes. In keeping with this tradition, I created yet another set of names to use in this application. It is a logically consistent set that better fits with the type code descriptions. At the same time, it reuses the best elements from existing name sets and ensures that the names easily and intuitively correlate with the other sets you are likely to encounter. Hopefully, these names work better grammatically and avoid some of the disjointed logic and apparent grasping for originality seen in other name sets. As seen in this screen-shot of part of the ReadMe tab, the application provides a mapping table of its name set to the other name sets you are most likely to encounter.

Personality Type Description
The application provides a description for each of the 16 personality types. It is a rather detailed and complete description, nevertheless, for greater understanding, there is also a button linking to an excellent external web portal that can direct you to anywhere in the online universe of personality type information.

Compare To Other Personality Types
The application also compares the temperaments -- groups of personality types -- to each other along parallel themes and down the hierarchy from basic needs to values to talents and finally to behaviors.