Personality, Character, and Psychometrics

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 up. Character is yet another puzzle. Since the Greek root of the word means "scar" I would suggest that character is the response of a person to intensely experienced events - events that could leave a scar. These responses may be measurable, but they require an historical event based analysis as opposed to typical psychometric approaches. "Deep structure" interview techniques we have been developing can get at these, but they require both the assessor and the person being assessed to invest time over multiple sessions to uncover.


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.