What Type Are You?
Because Creative Systems ideas conceive in terms of the whole of intelligence—not just behavior and cognition—traditional written psychological tests are poor tools for making many of the needed discriminations. Below are a few more hands-on approaches. The first is a branching diagram test for honing in on your own temperament. The others, “Name that Tune” and “The Diversity Game” are experiences to do with groups:
A Quick Diagnostic Test
“Name that Tune”
This is a wonderful group approach used often at the Institute. The person who is it selects someone they know (but the group does not). They go out of the room, then returns as that person (taking on his/her voice quality, gestures, values). The group interviews the mystery person. The job is to guess his/her temperament with the smallest number of questions.
Name that Tune is best done with someone experienced with the typology as facilitator, but this website provides enough background that most groups should also be able to use it as a self-directed activity.
Personality Style Cards and the Diversity Game
Another group of approaches often used at the Institute makes use of a set of Personality Style Cards. These cards have images, quotes, sayings, and observations on one side and diagrams of the personality styles most apt to respond to them on the other. The cards are included in the accompanying file which can be downloaded and the cards printed.
Application of the cards is limited only by the imagination of the user. At the simplest level, you can pick eight or ten cards that “ring true,” look on the reverse of the cards to see the types the cards refer to, and then read the appropriate informational sheets. In a group, you can select in the same way, then have people read their cards aloud, tell why they chose them, and let others ask questions.
There are many powerful ways to apply the cards more deeply when working with a group. Participants can break into smaller groups by axis. There they share their cards and relate common life experiences. When the groups come back together, each group does a presentation about their axis reality and responds to questions from the other two groups.
After doing the above, have an open conversation about people’s experiences dating people from the different axes. Talk together about how work, religion, politics, love, learning, etc. look different from different places in the creative spectrum. Have the axis groups meet together again and share memories of times when they felt misunderstood or discounted by people from other Axes. Then reconvene as a group and have each group share their experience of this with instructions for those listening to try to get as fully as possible into the other’s shoes. (This must be done very carefully. It can get pretty charged. We don’t realize how much of the violation we experience in life comes from personality differences.)