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Using the Keirsey Temperament Sorter to Determine Communication Styles

Using the Keirsey Temperament Sorter to Determine Communication Styles

The Keirsey Temperament Sorter is found on a commercial site that categorizes individuals into four types of temperaments labeled Guardian, Idealist, Rational, and Artisan, each of which has four Characters, based on the Meyers-Briggs typology. These temperaments differ somewhat from the Communication Styles used in most Personal Selling textbooks (Amiable, Expressive, Analytical, and Driver). However, the Keirsey Temperament Sorter allows students to determine their own temperaments through a short forced-choice questionnaire. NOTE: Initially, the site provided information about each type, including well known people for each Temperament and Character, as well as profiles of each for free. However, over the past year, the author has started charging for the complete report and only a simple one is now provided.


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Carolina Ayala
Carolina Ayala (Teacher (K-12))
11 years ago

El dato es bueno sin emabrgo, no encontré la dirección en que este material está disponible. me parece que si el autor cobra por esto no es tan bueno el dato.

Jessica Dreistadt
Jessica Dreistadt (Student)
11 years ago

This is an excellent tool for groups to explore their own temperament as well as that of others in the group. The site provides guidance for how each type succeeds in school and at work in addition to basic background information. The test results using this site were the same as I have received using similar assessments i.e. MBTI.

Technical Remarks:

The site requires a bit of exploration but with persistence many resources can be located.

Time spent reviewing site: 30 minutes
Jill Stearns
Jill Stearns (Staff)
20 years ago
I spent 45 minutes reviewing the site, the documentation and completing the
instrument. In completing my master's degree, I used the site for a course in
adult learning theory.

The temperament sorter provides a generalized guideline that is most helpful
when supplemented with class discussion and supporting materials.

Technical Remarks:

The instrument is intuitive, very easy to use. It may be difficult for the
novice to locate the instrument on the site, so specific directions are in
Used in course? Yes