University of Arizona
26 February 2013
xxxx xxxxxxxx, Ph.D.
Involvement in career assessment and information seeking is the third most popular use of the Web, surpassed in popularity only by searching for other types of information and reading the news (Reile & Bowlsbey, 2000). The Keirsey Temperament Sorter II (KTS-II) is a popular online assessment instrument available to those engaging in career exploration on the Internet and yields measures of psychological type, which can be used to identify work environments congruent with one’s personality (Kelly & Jugovic, 2002). KTS-II is comprised of a seventy forced-choice question instrument that helps individuals discover their personality type and is based on Keirsey Temperament Theory, published in the best-selling books, Please Understand Me and Please Understand Me II, by Dr. David Keirsey (keirsey.com).
According to Keirsey Temperament Theory (keirsey.com), “there are four basic temperament groups which describe human behavior. Keirsey’s four temperaments are referred to as Artisans, Guardians, Rationals and Idealists. These four temperaments can be further subdivided, often referred to as ‘Character Types’. There are four types of Artisans, four types of Guardians, four types of Rationals, and four types of Idealists.”
KTS-II delineates four temperaments as follows: Artisan – Promoter, Crafter, Performer, and Composer; Guardian – Supervisor, Inspector, Provider, and Protector; Rational – Fieldmarshal, Mastermind, Inventor, and Architect; and Idealist – Teacher, Counselor, Champion, and Healer (keirsey.com).
The questions in the KTS-II are designed to sort between four dichotomous pairs of preferences, leading to results which reveal a person’s temperament and character type where the four preference scales measure a respondent's preference for the following (keirsey.com):
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