If you’re eager to test your natural temperament style, the Fisher Temperament Inventory (FTI) is the right test to take. When you’re done with this temperaments test, you’ll get a clear picture of your natural traits and tendencies.
Those who have a good degree of self-awareness may find that the results confirm what they already believe about themselves. Those with low self-awareness may find this quiz both interesting and revealing.
Anthropologist Helen Fisher’s temperament test is different than many other personality tests in that it explores the human personality using four basic brain systems- dopamine, serotonin, testosterone, and estrogen.
These neurochemicals are linked to distinct human behaviours and thinking patterns. Based on these distinct behaviours and thinking patterns, personality has been divided into four broad temperament styles- Explorers, Builders, Directors, and Negotiators.
We’re all a mix of these temperament styles
All of us are a combination of these four temperament styles, but this test tells you which style is dominant in you- your primary temperament style.
Your most dominant personality traits will likely fall under your primary temperament type. It’s how you naturally think and behave most of the time.
After your primary style, your personality is further explained by your secondary style, under which your other important, but slightly less dominant traits fall.
When you’re done taking the test, pay attention to your top 2 scores. Your top score is your primary style and the 1st runner-up is your secondary style.
Taking the temperaments test
Fisher Temperament Inventory (FTI) consists of 56 items and you have to answer each item on a 4-point scale ranging from ‘Strongly disagree’ to ‘Strongly agree’.
Choose the option that best describes how you think and behave most of the time. It’s important that you answer honestly.
No personal information will be collected and your score will not be stored in our database. The test takes around 5 minutes to complete.
Fisher, H. E., Island, H. D., Rich, J., Marchalik, D., & Brown, L. L. (2015). Four broad temperament dimensions: description, convergent validation correlations, and comparison with the Big Five. Frontiers in psychology, 6, 1098.
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