Personality profiling – sometimes referred to as psychometric testing or psychological profiling – is a means of measuring an individual’s personality in a particular situation. It is not a measure of intelligence or ability – but of behaviour.
Profiling provides a snapshot view of the preferred behaviour that comes subconsciously to most people. It is an evaluation of the individual’s habitual or typical way of dealing with the world. We have the ability to use a range of personality traits but our preference for one, our own, will make us lazy about learning another trait until we are made fully aware of the existence of these other personality traits. You will discover that we are more adaptable than we originally thought.
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Using the profiles tells us how people respond to their environment. It will also help with the individual’s development, choice of job role and their best fit within the environment. It provides a starting point or compass to get the best out of our most expensive and valuable resource; ourselves.
A profound instrument for understanding ourselves and other individuals in our varied relationships is The Enneagram. The word Enneagram comes from the Greek words ennea (nine) and gram (points / what is written or drawn). Each number represents a different personality type. Each of the nine types have and way of viewing the world, affecting how individuals think, feel and act.
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The Enneagram is a profound and powerful guide to understanding your personality and inner workings. It is a powerful catalyst for personal growth and responsibility. Learning Institutions have found the Enneagram useful in developing student maturity.
As human beings we realize that the quality of our relationships is key to our level of happiness and functioning. We also realize that our relationships are dependent on our level of emotional development and spiritual maturity. The Enneagram is not aimed at labelling or limiting individuals but rather assists them to uncover the fears and the motivations which subconsciously drive their behaviour. It brings us to a conscious level which enables growth and development. The individuals start understanding why they act and react in a certain way, it empowers them to take responsibility for their own behaviours and actions, which has an impact not only on themselves, but on all of their relationships throughout their lives.
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Understanding our own type and the types of others can assist us to be much clearer about our expectations, values, fears, defences, communication and conflict styles all of which affect our relationships and compatibility with others.
One of the greatest benefits in using profiling is surely that of development . This tool is valuable for individuals who are trying to gain better self-understanding, to identify the career that would give them greatest satisfaction, and to help them promote their strengths and work on their weaknesses.
This will also assist parents in understanding why their child acts in a certain way. We strongly suggest that you as the parent also walk this path with your child. If you understand yourself you will more easily understand your child.
To find out more, contact the practitioner Stephanie directly on cell 083 200 1568