Insight Inventory

No longer supplied in the UK.

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Test Name:Insight Inventory
Author of Original Test: Patrick Handley
Local test distributor / publisher:No longer available in the UK
Date of Current Review:2004
Date of Publication of Current Review / Edition:02 Jul 2008
Type of Test:General multi-trait personality
Main Area of Use:Work and Occupational
Constructs Measured:Getting your way; Responding to people; Pacing Activity and Dealing with detail
Administration Mode:Self-administered
Response Mode:Paper and pencil
General Description of 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.


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