The Keirsey Temperament Sorter

The Keirsey Temperament Sorter is one of the most widely used personality instruments in the world. The 70 questions help to define your personality type, obviously it needs to be taken with a pinch of salt. The test is based upon the books of Dr.David Keirsey – Please Understand Me, and Please Understand Me II. By taking this test I can better understand the type of person I am, understanding my strengths and trying to improve upon my weaknesses. This is relevant for any role I undertake in the media sector, and worth identifying as I continue to work towards a variety of UWE projects and start locating professional work following graduation. I have come across a variety of personality tests, and this is one that is constantly recommended and referred to.

My combination score was ESFJ – “Provider”. The full explanation of the score:

Providers hold the following traits:

  • Insure welfare of those in their care
  • Sociable
  • Friendly social service is a key to their nature
  • Give time and energy to make sure the needs of others are met
  • Highly cooperative and maintaining teamwork
  • Attention to detail
  • Organisers
  • Love to entertain
  • Become restless when isolated from people
  • Friendships matter a great deal
  • Extremely sensitive to the feelings of others
  • Self-conscious
  • Loving and affectionate, needing it in return
  • Crushed by personal criticism

Having noted the traits of Providers I can see how I match this personality type to the majority of its definition. I definitely see myself as an organiser and perfectionist, this is why I feel I am well suited for a Producer role along with my ability to work as part of a team. This carries across to my specialism in lighting and grading as I am forever chasing the ideal aesthetically perfect image.

I am a person who is driven by emotion, no matter how much logic I apply to a situation I will still be considerate of others feelings and expect the same in return. I know to survive in this industry I will need to grow thicker skin, otherwise I’ll find myself obsessing over the most minor details. I think this is the main point to highlight once productions have gotten into full swing, I need to work logically and focus on the job at hand, if something isn’t working I need to be straighter with colleagues and avoid being over cautious.


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