Human Patterns Blog

Recent Articles on our Methodology

Forced-Choice Assessment of Work-Related Maladaptive Personality Traits: Preliminary Evidence From an Application of Thurstonian Item Response Modeling. Guenole, Brown, Cooper. Abstract This article describes an investigation of whether Thurstonian item response modeling is a viable method for assessment of maladaptive traits. Forced-choice responses from 420 working adults to a broad-range personality inventory assessing six maladaptive…

The KLEVERER Whitepaper

What if a cloud platform enables a crowd of distributed sports fans and fantasy sports players to use the blockchain’s capacity for recording time-stamped authenticated entries and smart contracts to facilitate, track, and implement transactions based upon smart contract terms for betting endorsed by the sports fan who registers on the betting platform (DO)? The…

Personality, Character, and Psychometrics

How do preferences and interests intersect with personality? This question has puzzled me ever since we started developing psychometric tools. Let me offer the suggestion that -- Personality is the social enactment of preferences and interests. We can't measure "personality," but we can measure preferences and interests and therefore deduce how a "person" would show…

The Foundation of Human Patterns and its Construction

In the late seventies and early eighties, David Heise was faculty in the Sociology Department at the University of North Carolina and was spearheading mathematical and statistical innovations, primarily using stochastic computations. He was also constructing a prediction algorithm or set of algorithms that has since evolved into “Affect Control Theory” http://www.indiana.edu/~socpsy/ACT/. At that stage,…

Human Patterns as a Coaching Tool

Many coachees will have completed psychometric inventories, competency tests, and 360 instruments in the course of their career. They will have worked with coaches who are expert in one or more of these tools and will have a rich understanding of some of the questions that will arise as the coaching contract and relationship evolves.…

PSYCHOMETRICS AND THE TRANSITION FROM INSTRUMENTATION TO REAL TIME ANALYTICS

Argument within the psychometric community has been intense as psychometricians have learned to adjust axioms of classical test theory and combine item response theory with ipsative measurement. The latest prizes in psychometrics have been given, not for innovations in the application of classical test theory, but for innovations in item construction, hybridization of tools for…

Managing Self Critical Reactions to Human Patterns Numbers

Here are some suggestions to help coachees if they are self critical about their profiles. 1. If you keep doing what is working for you, you will be affirmed and productive. 2. If you leverage abilities and skills others have that differ from your own, your output and quality will improve and your stress will…

The Problem of “Scope” in Psychometrics and Coaching

If you are a coach, as most Human Patterns administrators are, your bookshelf probably houses several books on “leadership,” several on “coaching,” several on “problem solving,” several on “communication,” several on “facilitation,” and so forth. Each of the books probably has really good material and a conceptual framework that seems to hold together, has merit,…

Use of Natural Language vs. Specialized Language to Describe Preferences and Interests

Use of Natural Language vs. Specialized Language to Describe Preferences and Interests This article discusses the use of natural and specialized language in psychometrics, and specifically in Human Patterns. The Human Patterns approach has been to label factors with ordinary language that does not require specialized knowledge or membership in a psychological or psychiatric tradition.…

Coaching to Improve Work Performance

Work itself as a nested set of factors with multiple time horizons. Here is how Human Patterns groups these factors: 1. Roles – performed over the long term in contrast with others who are assigned complementary or conflicting roles. 2. Functions – performed over the medium term in support of a role. 3. Activities –…

Managing Statistical Illusions When Interpreting Psychometric Instruments

When a coach or selection specialist begins to use psychometric tools, there is a tendency to over-value the statistical outputs and results, and undervalue the self-reports or other data about the person being assessed. Put simply, the most predictive elements of future performance are (in order of importance): 1. Current performance and preference patterns (the…

Uses of Psychometric Assessment for Coaches

For a coach, an informed assessment of a prospective coachee is essential for appropriate and measured intervention. Assessment provides a framework for a coaching or change contract and implies many of the outcomes that reflect performance of the contract. Psychometric tools are constrained by their underlying theories. Because they compare the person against a baseline,…

Testimonials

A. Laffoley

Academic Program Director Raleigh- Durham, NC

I used the Human Patterns Inventory in the development program for high potential senior leaders and recommend it as an effective tool as part of any comprehensive employee development program. In my opinion an important differentiator of this tool is the light it shines on the switches that may occur in our behavior when we are in reaction mode (e.g. in a stressful situation). Bringing awareness to where this occurs is invaluable to an individual’s personal development.

K. Jobe

Executive Recruiter Charlotte, North Carolina Area

I have used the Human Patterns as an internal recruiter as well as during client “coaching” engagements. It is the most comprehensive psychometric test that I have ever worked with. I highly recommend this tool to any organization that is committed to talent optimization.

F. Christian

Managing Director Chicago, IL

Human Patterns is a rare exception among assessment tools. Most are simplistic and slipshod, more mirrors of their creators' craniums than windows into one's own. Human Patterns has a richness that allows me to start meaningful conversations with the hidden high potentials I work with, who after years of severe underemployment have lost sight of themselves and their unique ways of working with the world. I'm so enthusiastic I now require it for new clients to shortcut to solutions.