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The Professional Personal Analysis

During the course of life a person will be confronted with many situations and problems. The Professional Personal Analysis (P.P.A) tells you how a person actually deals with situations in life. Some of his solutions are rational and will handle the situation. Other solutions are irrational and will get him deeper into trouble. The content of this "package of solutions" reflects the strengths and weaknesses of the individual.

The P.P.A. is in essence 10 major tests combined in one. The results cover quite extensively 10 fundamental personal capacity traits. These traits contain in themselves, and even more so in relation to each other, a wealth of information – invaluable in predicting one’s behaviour. The test results are divided into traits and opposite traits each of them reflecting a noticeable and measurable tendency or behaviour pattern. The characteristics measured are as follows:

STABILITY: Level of concentration – persistence – standards – sense of order – planning and organisation.

A combination of typical behaviours which indicate the ability of the candidate to fix his attention on one objective: the result. When we speak of Stability, we are addressing focus. This trait shows to what degree the person has control over his attention.  A stable person concentrates on one target and keeps his attention on it. Unstable people hurl themselves in all directions at the same time. They start several things but achieve little. This trait also supplies you with information about the capacity of being organized, the ability to work systematically and by a given plan.

People high on this trait can keep sight of a goal even when handling other things. They can maintain order and have high standards both on what they do and who they are. They generally dress well and are well groomed.

People low on this trait are dispersed and their attention is scattered or constantly fixed. They are somewhat robotic, (act without thinking) as they don't have their own attention under control. 

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GOAL ATTAINMENT: Level of enthusiasm – cheerfulness – satisfaction with one’s goals achievements.

This trait refers to the achievement of one's goals and it affects the person's level of enthusiasm.

High on this trait indicates a positive attitude, self confidence. The person is optimistic, feels he or she can do things and so will start projects. Optimistic people produce more than pessimists. They can see opportunities and furnish simple solutions. People who feel comfortable are receptive to changes and to innovations. On the other hand, those who are depressed recoil from change and improvement: "anyhow it won’t work!"

People low on this trait have a grim outlook on life, have not succeeded well so far and therefore do not see that they can succeed in the future. They create problems as things very often seem complex or they make it that way.  This factor is strongly influenced by the feeling someone has towards the achievement of their objectives

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COMPOSURE: Calmness – tranquillity – self-control – patience – ability to relax versus nervousness – irritability.

Composure is a reflection of the ability of the person to control self.

High on this trait indicates an ability to remain in control even under pressure. It measures mainly the capacity of a candidate to resist stress. Nervous people rest less well and are accordingly less productive, both mentally and physically.

People extremely high on this trait want to control everything and everybody and are perceived as "bossy".

People low on this trait cannot relax and are often tired due to the energy output required to maintain what control they can. These people often have difficulty sleeping and of course, sitting still.

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CERTAINTY: Consistency – predictability – clarity of observation – knowledge.

This trait indicates primarily and mainly the "consistency" of a person. It shows whether a person has certainty on what he or she wants to do and be in life.  As such, it is an indicator of the reliability of the answers given by the candidate. The degree of certainty depends upon the capacity to observe and the capacity to determine the accurate actions to be taken. Uncertainty means confusion, the need to count on luck, impulsive behaviour.

People high on this trait have a clear view of what they are observing, are consistent and predictable. They do not act on impulse but on observation.

People low on this trait are impulsive and change from one day to the next or perhaps the hour. This trait to a large degree determines the reliability of a given test. For impulsive people things can change quickly. People who score low on certainty tend to introduce confusion into their surroundings. 

Points on the graph that are above this trait are out of the person's control to some degree. 

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ACTIVITY: Energy level – dynamism – initiative – liveliness – vigour.

Indicates primarily to what extent a candidate is an "*entrepreneur"  or not. What is the person's energy level? Active people are participants, passive people are spectators. Activity, as such, is not sufficient to be productive. 

People high on the Activity trait are busy doing something and cannot sit still for too long doing nothing. They are energetic and dynamic and tend to be healthy. They are inclined to start things and show initiative.

People low on this trait are rather lazy and they don't move fast. They are more likely to be unhealthy and do not start or initiate much. They do not mind sitting in one place for a long time as they are not that active. For some jobs a high activity is not required.         

A high score on this point alone can just mean a "busy bee". 

*(enĚtreĚpreĚneur n. A person who organizes, operates, and assumes the risk for a business venture. [French, from Old French, from entreprendre, to undertake.)  This person will be interested and involved in all aspects of the job and company.

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DRIVE: Determination – push – conviction – resoluteness – assertiveness – aggression – force.

Inhibition is the incapacity to act effectively, due to anxiety whilst facing others, or due to factors in the environment. The obedient, docile person who does not move except when he is asked to, can never be productive. He is a "loser". Aggressive, in this context, means dynamism, initiative, self-confidence, assertiveness: a "winner’s mentality". In other words, how much attention can the person put on getting results? How much drive through to a result can be mustered up?

People high on this trait are direct and straightforward; get to the point and quick at making decisions. They like to finish things, not leave many incomplete projects or activities hanging around. They have the mentality of a winner, and often make good salespeople.

Low on this trait means "too nice", indirect, long-winded and ceremonious. They are not efficient at what they are doing. They often do not have enough "push" to get things done. They have been stopped a lot in life and do not believe things can be pushed through.

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SENSE OF RESPONSIBILITY: Causativity - accountability – dutifulness - objectivity – ability to be impartial.

Responsibility here not only reflects whether one is or considers him/herself accountable, but also the sphere of influence around one.  This point DOES NOT concern the feeling of responsibility, but the capacity possessed by a candidate to cause an effect, i.e. to start an action. It DOES reflect the degree to which a person can act and the willingness to do so. It gives a picture of the size of the area in which they feel they can be causative—how far does their energy or influence reach? This factor is also an indication of extroversion or introversion. High means extroverted – low means introverted.

People high on this trait can see possible consequences to their actions. They make things happen. Responsible people see problems and handle them. Introverted people are not even aware that there is a problem. Less responsible people relegate the "source" of set-backs to outside causes. They tend to look to others for excuses and reproaches.

Low on this trait means they feel things are happening to them that are not caused by them—it is somebody else's fault. They also do not accept criticism well. 

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CORRECT ESTIMATION: Constructive criticism - agreement – fairness – logical reasoning – understanding.

To be successful, one must be able to size up a scene correctly and accurately enough to then be in a position to make a good decision. This point measures the ability of the person to correctly estimate people and circumstances. It determines the extent to which a person is able to perceive the reality of a given situation and his ability to accept it as it is. This factor measures if someone is capable of accepting and understanding the realities of others. 

People high on this trait can understand another's point of view and are generally agreeable (can easily establish things to agree upon.) They pick up the other person's point of view easily and are tolerant of the points of views of others. They listen well. A high score means that the person is tolerant, comprehensive, willing to listen to others, realistic. A low score, on the other hand, is a sign of intolerance, negative criticism, lack of reality. 

People low on this trait tend to be disagreeable and intolerant of other people's points of view—they tend to be critical of people and situations and concentrate only on what is "wrong" in people.

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EMPATHY: Friendliness – accord – courteousness – politeness – trust – confidence in others – affection.

Empathy refers to the person's interest in other people, whether they are service-minded and want to help others. The capacity to put oneself into someone else’s skin, the degree of awareness of the feelings of others. Empathy is based upon the willingness to "do something about it". Sympathy is a passive "suffering together". 

People high on this trait are "warm" and like the company of others. They appreciate the feelings of others. A high score also reveals the desire to help, to pay attention to others, to care for others. 

People low on this trait do not care much about other's feelings and are not interested in helping others-they are "cold" and indifferent. They have lost their confidence in others. They do not trust other people as they have been betrayed. They don't get along very well with other people. A low score shows indifference, even insensitivity, cynicism. A candidate with a low score on this trait only values people to the extent that he/she needs them.

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COMMUNICATION: quality of communication – cordiality – lively and colourful communication.

Measures to what extent an individual is capable of transmitting their ideas to others. You'll know the ability of a person to communicate effectively.

People high on this trait can get their point across and solve problems-they are more open or forthright. One who talks a lot would not necessarily score high on this trait. Talking is not communicating. 

People low on this trait are withdrawn and are, in effect, "backing away" from some area of life. Someone low on communication cannot confront and handle problems, As they cannot really confront, they tend towards formality and are often philosophical. Other just talk too much, without really saying anything. 

A high score indicates the capacity to establish contacts and to retain them.  A low score indicates timidity, self withdrawal.

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