Test Four: Personal Behavior Inventory

January 9, 2011 at 12:17 am Leave a comment

The “Personal Behaviour Inventory” is a 29 item, 5 point Likert scale test devised by a guy called Barry Collins.
You end up with a score for your Other-Direction, Inner Direction, Lack of Constrains on Behavior and Predictability of Behavior, all of which are independent of each other. This is, according to Janda, progress on the initial idea of an “Internal” and “External” Locus of Control.

I for one remain to be convinced.

According to this I am not very “other directed”, even less “inner directed”, have fewer “Constraints on Behavior” than 85% of the population (who knew?) and am not terribly predictable (30%).  (Usual disclaimers apply).

It’s this sort of test, now that I am four tests into the book, that make me wonder if the test-makers might want to revisit their certainties in response to Emily Pronin’s excellent and disconcerting work on what she has labelled the “Introspection Illusion.”

And these questions are so difficult to answer on a Likert scale. Half the time you are thinking “well, depends”. Nature of the questionnaire beast, innit?

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