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The Sixteen Personality Factor Questionnaire (or 16PF), is a multiple-choice personality questionnaire which was developed over several decades of research by Raymond B. Cattell and his colleagues. Beginning in the 1940s, Cattell used the new techniques of factor analysis (based on the correlation coefficient) in an attempt to try to discover and measure the fundamental traits of human personality. In addition to the 16 primary traits, these researchers also found the five higher-level "second-order" traits of personality now known as the Big Five, which have become popularized by others in recent years.
The type of simple, self-rating type question tends to be substantially related to the person's own self-image, and dependent on the individual's view of themselves, their level of self-awareness, and their defensiveness about their actual traits. Instead, most 16PF questions tend to ask about actual behavioral situations:
When I find myself in a boring situation, I usually "tune out" and daydream about other things. True/False.
When a bit of tact and convincing is needed to get people moving, I'm usually the one who does it. True/False.
Administration of the test takes about 35–50 minutes for the paper-and-pencil version and about 30 minutes by computer. The test instructions are simple and straightforward, and the test is un-timed, and thus it is generally self-administrable and can be used in either an individual or a group setting.
Global Extraversion/Introversion (the tendency to move toward versus away from interaction with others) is composed from the following primary traits:
Warmth (Factor A): the tendency to move toward others seeking closeness and connection because of genuine feelings of caring, sympathy, and concern (versus the tendency to be reserved and detached, and thus be independent and unemotional).
Liveliness (Factor F): the tendency to be high-energy, fun-loving, and carefree, and to spontaneously move towards others in an animated, stimulating manner. Low-scorers tend to be more serious and self-restrained, and to be cautious, unrushed, and judicious.
Social Boldness (Factor H): the tendency to seek social interaction in a confident, fearless manner, enjoying challenges, risks, and being the center of attention. Low-scorers tend to be shy and timid, and to be more modest and risk-avoidant.
Forthrightness (Factor N): the tendency to want to be known by others—to be open, forthright, and genuine in social situations, and thus to be self-revealing and unguarded. Low-scorers tend to be more private and unself-revealing, and to be harder to get to know.
Affiliative (Factor Q2): the tendency to seek companionship and enjoy belonging to and functioning in a group (inclusive, cooperative, good follower, willing to compromise). Low-scorers tend to be more individualistic and self-reliant and to value their autonomy.
In a similar manner, these researchers found that four other primary traits consistently merged to define another global factor which they called Receptivity or Openness (versus Tough-Mindedness). This factor was made up of four primary traits that describe different kinds of openness to the world:
Openness to sensitive feelings, emotions, intuition, and aesthetic dimensions (Sensitivity – Factor I)
Openness to abstract, theoretical ideas, conceptual thinking, and imagination (Abstractedness – Factor M)
Openness to free thinking, inquiry, exploration of new approaches, and innovative solutions (Openness-to-Change – Factor Q1) and
Openness to people and their feelings (Warmth – Factor A).
Another global factor, Self-Controlled (or conscientious) versus Unrestrained, resulted from the natural coming together of four primary factors that define the different ways that human beings manage to control their behavior:
Rule-Consciousness (Factor G) involves adopting and conscientiously following society’s accepted standards of behavior
Perfectionism (Factor Q3) describes a tendency to be self-disciplined, organized, thorough, attentive to detail, and goal-oriented
Seriousness (Factor F) involves a tendency to be cautious, reflective, self-restrained, and deliberate in making decisions; and
Groundedness (Factor M) involves a tendency to stay focused on concrete, pragmatic, realistic solutions.
We can conduct detailed training on psychometric behaviour as well as conduct a test on 16PF.
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9th August 2010 From India, Asansol
' Ma Foi ' is the best training firm in the country for 16 PF training . I think they are the only certified ( licence holder ) firm for conducting 16PF training in India.You can contact their Chennai office.
I attended their 16 PF Programme at Kolkata 4-5 years back.
Ex.Dy. Director ( HRD )
National Productivity Council of I ndia
11th August 2010 From India, Calcutta
11th August 2010 From Malaysia, Kuala Lumpur
I have done my MBA(HR) and working for a PSU. I have gone thru' the contents of this post. I feel I can try this out in my family too. I have two teenage boys. I would like them to answer this questionnaire and find out for themselves their behavioural patterns. I feel it would be better for them to discover themselves than giving a verdict, particularly, in this age.
I have myself attempted various psychometric tests as part of our training programmes and found the results quite useful.. 95% accuracy.
Can u please forward me the 16 PF questionnaire, for my personal use?
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11th August 2010 From India, Mumbai
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11th August 2010 From India, Delhi