Anthropologist Helen Fisher’s temperaments 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.
All of us are a combination of all four of these 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 into 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.
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 ‘Disagree strongly’ to ‘Agree strongly’. Choose the option that best describes how you think and behave most of the time. No personal information will be collected and your score will be kept confidential. The test takes around 5-10 minutes to complete.
Brown LL, Acevedo B, Fisher HE (2013). Neural Correlates of Four Broad Temperament Dimensions: Testing Predictions for a Novel Construct of Personality. PLoS ONE 8(11): e78734.