Imagine you have never tasted ice cream before and you are asked to pick which flavor you like best?

Could you decide based upon a written list of characteristics of the flavors?

favorite flavor ice cream
No way! You need to taste each of the flavors!
Expecting everyone in a workshop to accurately identify their most dominant personality style using a personality assessment or other written descriptions of style trait patterns as their first introduction to the terms and concepts is a wildly unreasonable prospect. It is a lot like asking them to choose a favorite flavor of ice cream without actually tasting them.
Your personality preferences are “a posteriori” knowledge, they are best discovered “after the fact or from experience” as you correlate the concepts with your observed feelings and behaviors.

“a priori” vs. “a posteriori"

"It would be nice to be as certain about everything as we can be about mathematical truths, it would be lovely to know the answer almost the instant we asked the question as when we say 2 + 2 = 4. In other words, to know truth ‘a priori’. However, the most vital knowledge comes ‘a posteriori’ meaning after the fact or from experience as we link up a given visible effect to its preceding cause."

For practical reasons, we do want participants to feel fairly confident in their initial self-assessment performed during a personality workshop. To accomplish this, Personality Lingo teaching methodologies do not depend strictly on personality assessment results. All Personality Lingo training programs employ a 3-Step Identification Method to provide multiple opportunities during the workshop for participants to try on each personality style to see which one feels like a more natural fit.
It is important to let your participants know that the results of any assessment or card sort activity serve to capture their first impressions, that’s all. The personality workshop they are participating in today has other segments designed to help them to see the personality styles in context and allow them to dialogue and compare stories. By the end of the day, after being presented with multiple ways of digesting the information, most of them will be fairly confident in their personality style lineup.

"In respect of one's own personality one's judgement is as a rule extraordinarily clouded."

Even greater clarity will be gained in the weeks following a person’s introduction to the personality style terms and concepts. So, for those, who can easily decide on their most dominant personality style – great! And for those who are having a hard time deciding, let go of making that determination today and focus more on recognizing the style patterns in others. They will have plenty of time, after today, to experience life in light of these new terms and concepts and reflect upon the order of the styles in their own personality style lineup.

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