There is a large range of affective assessments, like Myers Briggs Type Indicator ®, Predictive Index ® and DiSC®. Many are based in traditional psychology while others are just for fun, like those that determine your personality type based on your favorite color. Some personality tests are used in professional environments to help people be more engaged and sensitive to each other because they identify emotional strengths. The results can help both managers and co-workers motivate one another and improve interpersonal communication.
Affective tests identify emotions, personality “style” or type, and preferences. They are often based on the “Big Five” personality traits. It is important to apply the information gained from personality tests carefully since they don’t answer questions about knowledge and proficiency or about someone’s natural talents and strengths. Their purpose is to identify the style, feelings and attitudes of people at a particular time in their life. A person’s preferences, values, and feelings can change over time which would change their personality “type.”
The scientific community agrees that there are three parts of the mind. People are generally familiar with two of them, the affective and the cognitive, but the third, conation, is a mystery to them.
Affect is all about what you like, dislike or want to do, while the cognitive is about how smart you are, your knowledge and skills. Both of these change over time. Conation refers to the part of the mind that is predictable, unchanging and describes your natural way of doing things, making decisions and solving problems. It isn’t affected by your preferences rather, it is spurred into action by them.
In a nutshell, the Kolbe A™ Index and personality tests measure different things. See for yourself by taking the Kolbe Index today!