Language Calibrated to Standard Deviations in a Human Patterns Report

Dialog about coaching and development

People untrained in statistics or the "bell shaped curve" sometimes find the numerical data in a report to be confusing and distracting. Coaches can meliorate this issue by using straightforward comparative terms used by folks to naturally calibrate how they described people using a preference or interest. While the list below is by means exhaustive, it can serve as a useful table of language proportionated to a preference or interest. The numbers are, of course, the standard deviation range. The coach can safely ignore a factor (a preference or interest) between a +.5 and a -.5 because it is not noticeable to others and may not even register for the individual receiving the feedback.


+.5 -.5
Average Available
Typical Not different from others
Easily accessible Like most people
Comfortable with Can handle
Can Do not remark on

+1.0 -1.0
Likes to use Does not like to use
Interested in Not interested in
Prefers Tends to reject
Usually Seldom
Considers Forgets to
Appreciates Can adjust to
Notice Others notice limited interest in
An asset is Finds it hard to

+2.0 -2.0-
Wants to use Others notice as not available
Needs to use Hard to use
Often A stretch
Frequently Uncomfortable
Remark about Others remark about not

+3.0 -3.0
Overuses Dislikes
Relishes Heartily rejects
Loves to Criticized/praised for not
Praised/criticized for Avoids
Automatically Will not like to consider
Invested in Is not good at

+4.0 -4.0
1 in 100 1 in 100
Obsessed Will refuse to consider
Has to Fights against
Adores Hates to
Very strong Is bad at
Often interferes with Often neglects
Rewarded/rejected for Rewarded/rejected for not


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.