Six-Type Personality Scale

The Six-Type Personality Scale measures one's personality as falling into one of six overall categories: 1) Political, 2) Economic, 3) Social, 4) Aesthetic, 5) Religious, and 6) Theoretical. The scale is based loosely on Spranger's Study of Values (SOV-U), updated to reflect more current and specific items. It consists of 28 questions and takes between 5 and 10 minutes to complete.
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Vernon, P.E. (1931). A test for personal values, The Journal of abnormal and social psychology,vol:26.
You are a male | female

1. Assuming that you had the ability, you would prefer to be:
an investment banker
a political campaign advisor

2. Who do you think has contributed more to the human race?
Abraham Lincoln

3. Which do you think is more important for students to know and understand?

4. If you were a teacher and had the skill, would you prefer to teach:
English and Creative Writing
Chemistry and physics

5. If you saw the following headlines in the news, which would you more interested to read?
"In Portugal, a Protector of a People Is Honored"
"Diverging Debate at the Fed on When to End Stimulus"

6. Similar to the last question, if you saw these headlines in the news, which would you read first?
"Federal E-Book Ruling Gives Amazon an Advantage"
"Rare Mutation Ignites Race for Cholesterol Drug"

7. When you visit a new city, are you more impressed by:
its history & culture
or its architecture

8. What do you consider the more important function of government?
to achieve measurable, democratically-defined goals
to encourage everyone to recognize the rights of all groups, peoples, and cultures

9. Which of these character traits do you admire more?
competence, determination, and ambition
unselfishness, tolerance, and sympathy for others

10. Would you prefer to hear a debate about:
International trade between China and the United States
Islamic traditions and Western philosophy

11. What should be the purpose of the education system?
to prepare people for practical achievement and financial reward
to prepare people for participation in our communities and helping the less fortunate

12. Would you prefer to spend a weekend:
developing a new skill?
volunteering in a faith-based community service

13. If you were/are still in high school, would you rather join:
a debating society
a high school band

14. The purpose of religious institutions today is:
to encourage people to be more altruistic and charitable towards others
to encourage spiritual worship and a sense of communion with the highest power

15. In a waiting room, which of the following magazines would you rather pick up and read?
Scientific American
National Geographic

16. Which of the following people would you like to read about?

17. If you have the choice of position, would you prefer to work as:
as an employment counselor
an administrative assistant

18. If you had two books to read, you would choose:
"Proof of Heaven: A Neurosurgeon's Journey into the Afterlife"
"The Liberty Amendments: Restoring the American Republic"

19. What would modern society benefit more from?
greater concern for the rights of others
greater understanding of human behavior

20. Assuming you had the training and experience to excel in either field, what would you rather be?
A member of the clergy (priest, rabbi, minister, etc)
A screenwriter

21. If you went to the New York Times Online, which of these two would you be more likely to click on?
a recent stock market surge
a new live music event just announced

22. If you have children, would you want them to be more

23. You would rather:
hear an inspiring sermon
see a highly-reviewed opera

24. You would rather your children:
excel at competitive sports
educate themselves by reading serious books

25. In choosing a partner, spouse, or lifetime companion, what would you look for most?
successful and respected in their profession
sympathetic and likes to help other people
spiritually-minded or committed to their faith
intellectual or highly-educated
practical, realistic, and achievement-oriented

26. Children, often
don't make themselves useful or productive enough
don't exercise their imaginations enough

27. When it comes to making big decisions, political leaders often
don't look hard enough at the evidence
lack the leadership to make the right choices

28. In making a difficult life decision, you would be more guided by
your concern for others
your religious faith


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