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5 Tips: How to Interpret Your Inside8 Personality Test Results

Posted September 9, 2016 by

You’re wondering if you should invest the time and money to take the Inside8 personality test. What will it tell you that can help you be more fulfilled in life?

Maybe you’re skeptical about personality assessments generally, having paid for other online tools, such as the well-known Myers-Briggs test from MBTIOnline or 16 Personalities. You got a thick report, but how practical and useful was it for you?

The Inside8 personality test is different from the standard fare. Our results are displayed in a 21st century format. There’s no fluff—just the vital information, in laymen’s terms, online and accessible 24/7. The Inside8 report is divided into five sections, so here are five practical tips to help you better interpret your results and make them actionable in your daily life:

1. Section One of the report identifies your Primal group, which helps you connect with others.
The Inside8 test is called the Primal Personality Assessment®. Human personalities tend to fit into eight distinct groups, which we call the Inside8. Each group has a descriptive name to give people a quick snapshot of what makes it unique. Check out the eBook Meet the Inside8 for fuller descriptions, but here’s a quick overview of each group:

  • Primal Enterpriser®: Highly active; task oriented.
  • Primal Guardian®: Social protectors; high energy.
  • Primal Harmonizer®: Seek balance; rely on ingenuity and creativity.
  • Primal Holistic®: Resourceful; authentic.
  • Primal Ideator®: Confident; “idea people.”
  • Primal Individualist®: Seek the beauty in life; help others.
  • Primal Nourisher®: Focused on self-improvement.
  • Primal Originator®: Value personal freedom; are creative, caring and forward-thinking.

Your group is based on your motivational profile, which transcends culture, race, religion, gender or sexuality. People in the same group share deep, motivational values and beliefs. Every group is linked by at least one shared value. If you know your Primal group, you can find others who share your values—even if they are outwardly very different than you, and even if they belong to another Primal group. That’s the basis and beginning of any great friendship, relationship or connection.

2. Section Two of the report identifies your motivations, which are tied to happiness, creativity and personal fulfillment.
Inside8 is about discovery, and one of the aims of our test is to help you learn new things about yourself.

The Inside8 test uniquely identifies your top 4-5 core motivations. Motivations are things like your sense of freedom, security, belonging, trust and the like. The old tests, such as Myers-Briggs, identify characteristics and traits. Characteristics and traits tell you what you do; motivations tell you why you do what you do—and therefore provide a deeper level of understanding.

I’m an Originator. I value personal freedom and my creativity is best used in service to others. Being the founder of Inside8 fulfills my motivations because it’s an entrepreneurial venture where I’m free to innovate. And the Inside8 test is all about helping others thrive. Given my motivational profile, this isn’t a job—it’s a passion.

3. Section Three of the report helps you understand your behavior—when you’re at your “best” and “worst.”
The Inside8 report provides a straightforward comparative chart of key behaviors that influence your effectiveness in life. And effectiveness in life really means achieving the personal goals and outcomes you set for yourself. As an Originator, here is a sampling of some of the behaviors people in my group can exhibit:

WHEN I’M AT MY BEST, I…
Care about others.
Foster collaboration.
Am forward-thinking and plan for the future.

WHEN I’M AT MY WORST, I…
Neglect my own personal needs when I spend too much energy taking care of others.
Work independently to fulfill the responsibilities of others.
Over-plan.

Anyone who has ever known me can validate that I have demonstrated the full range of these behaviors. By not recognizing them or being in denial, the only one I’d be fooling is myself. The list is helpful because it keeps me self-aware and provides a clear roadmap to being my best. And I don’t have to page through a 200-page report with multiple cross-tabs to figure it out.

4. Section Four of the report identifies activities you may have in common with others.
The Inside8 test results include a list of activities that many people in your Primal group find interesting and engaging. We’re also able to show at least one activity many people in your Primal group share in common with the other groups. Having shared motivations and values is the basis for a strong connection; having shared interests provides a way for you to build those relationships by having fun together.

5. Section Five of the report shows how you can have better interpersonal relationships.
The Inside8 online report lets you click and compare your group to the others in four key areas: overall comparison; how you’re compatible; sources of conflict; and shared interests and activities.

As an Originator, I have a lot in common with Ideators. We’re creative, “idea people.” But my group leans toward “planning” and the Ideators prefer “strategy.” Understanding this can make us a powerful team because we complement one another. Not knowing can lead to frustration and arguments because one focuses on the details and the other does not.

That’s just one small example. The Inside8 report provides key comparisons that can be applied to every kind of personal and workplace relationship.

Let’s Talk

The decision to share your results is personal—and completely up to you. We provide a Community Forum where we invite you to discuss your results and how you apply them with others in your Primal group—or with any of the other Primal groups.  And we welcome your questions and feedback at our Contact Page. We’ll try to answer your questions and share your insights in our blog posts and other content.

 

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Sean M

Sean Murphy is the founder of Inside8®. He has an M.A. in organizational psychology from Columbia University.

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