Blogger Widgets Ender-Chan's Thoughts: Data Set Analysis: Disability and Temperament Survey

Tuesday, December 29, 2015

Data Set Analysis: Disability and Temperament Survey

Data Set: 3 Respondents
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The most common reasons (2/3) others avoid discussing disability and temperament are "label aversion" and "It just never crossed my mind." Considering that knowledge of temperament theory is not that widespread, I could see why connecting temperament and disability would not have crossed the minds of others. The widespread theme of avoiding labels is also another contributor to avoidance of discussing the intersection between disability and temperament. Who would want to actively seek another label in a place where they are discouraged?

Other factors (1/3) include the lack of accessible temperament tests, a lack of disability-specific temperament resources, and temperamental stereotypes of the disabled. Of every temperament test I have ever been to, none had accessibility features. One respondent further elaborated on their answer by saying "People with disabilities get stereotyped as angry, villainous, helpless, or meek." This polarity does not exist in real life and is overlooked due to lack of knowledge of temperaments.

Another respondent wrote "Some people's temperaments are very clear, some take getting to know after the content or presentation. I probably don't notice temperament before I notice a lot of other things." This is how most people go about temperament theory: recognizing parts and assembling them into a whole. I do not believe that others have trouble recognizing the parts. They just see them as parts and do not assemble them into a whole. Others see a whole, but fail to see parts. Temperament theory is more about the whole than it is about the parts, but one must see the parts in order to see the whole.

The most heard-of temperament system is MBTI (3/3). MBTI is a widely used and well-known system. Other temperament systems (1/3) such as the four temperaments, five temperaments, LaHaye blends, APS, DiSC, socionics and enneagram are less common. None of my respondents (0/3) have heard of the ten terrains of consciousness, which is the newest system of the listed. The test is still in development.

One user described their history with temperament theory. They first heard of MBTI and non-LaHaye blends. They learned about socionics 4-5 years later and used DiSC in business. No other respondents gave me their history with temperament theory.

One third (1/3) of respondents planned to write professionally published and self-published resources on disability and temperament theory as well as adding temperament to their non-discrimination statement and discussing it with others. Two thirds of respondents (2/3) plan to withhold the key to these valuable connections and do nothing. One of these respondents said "This really isn't important to me. I don't feel the need to label such ordinary parts of who I am as a person. I just want to be me, without excessive labeling". Some people accuse temperament theorists of just wanting to shove people into boxes, but that is not what temperament theory is about. Temperament theory is a way of saying "There is a pattern to why I act the way I do" rather than "This is a specific set of behaviors I need to exhibit." No respondents (0/3) had any plans to create accessible temeperament tests.

One respondent appears to be rather well-versed in temperament theory. This respondent said they read about the four humors in the late '80s to early '90s. In 1998, this person tested as sanguine-choleric. In the early 2000s, they started exploring business and Christian-oriented systems. They have also visited websites like Similar Minds and Personality Cafe. This respondent may or may not be a professional author as they said to write professional published resources regarding disability and temperament theory.

That concludes this data set. Add yourself into the pool by taking the survey!

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