Insight Inventory


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Note: This test review was published by BPS on 2nd July 2008

Description of the Test

The Insight Inventory is an American self-report personality inventory. It is self-scorable and self-interpretable. It is designed to provide users with a quick and easy way of learning about their personalities. It contains two identical lists of 32 descriptive adjectives. These produce one profile of the person at work or at school and another describes the person at home. The Insight Inventory claims uniqueness in that it assesses and interprets style shift from one environment to another. An additional option is the ‘Style Feedback Set’, which is completed by others, using the same adjectives as the self-report version. This is aimed to provide information on ‘how others see you’. It can also be used by different individuals in a team. The Insight Inventory measures four aspects of personality expression, each with two opposite extremes. These are described as: Getting Your Way (Direct versus Indirect); Responding to People (Outgoing versus Reserved); Pacing Activity (Steady versus Urgent) and Dealing with Detail (Precise versus Unstructured). The authors see the instrument emanating from the ‘field theory’ of Lewin, the ‘trait theory’ of Allport, and factor analysis approach of Cattell. Any differences between the individual’s work and personal styles are used to understand how that individual might best adapt to different situations to improve their relationships with others as well as their personal effectiveness.

Authors: Patrick Handley

Test Publisher: Insight Inventory Personality Assessment

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