Re: Survey of Tech Writing Personality Types

Subject: Re: Survey of Tech Writing Personality Types
From: Bil Gladstone <admin -at- bcnexus -dot- com>
To: "TECHWR-L" <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- raycomm -dot- com>
Date: Mon, 21 Oct 2002 11:02:20 -0700

Keith Cronin wrote:
> I'm not a big fan of tests that seek to categorize us into nice little
> compartments. However, I *do* see some personality traits crop up
> frequently enough among tech writers to draw some conclusions.
> Just read through a month of TECHWR-L archives and you'll get a pretty
> good feel for the personality types drawn to this line of work.
> Of course, we'll never know about those darn lurkers.... :)
I have to agree, having recently gone through a professionally
administered battery of such psychometrics (Myers-Briggs, Jackson
V.I., "True Colours", PRF extended), that such
compartmentalisation is often misleading for HR purposes.

Indeed, when someone talks about "thinking outside the box", I
can't resist asking, "'Box'? There's a box?".

Bil Gladstone, darn lurker

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