The Next ‘Big Thing’ in Temperament Theory

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Interstrength Associates founder, Dr. Linda Berens, updates four Temperament names to better reflect their contributions to organizations.

Interstrength Associates ( today announced the next evolution in Temperament Theory: new names for the four temperaments—Theorist™, Stabilizer™, Improviser™ and Catalyst™—to better describe the essence of each temperament pattern and what each brings to the corporate bottom line. The announcement coincides with the announcement of the third edition of Understanding Yourself and Others: An Introduction to Temperament Theory, the seminal work of Dr. Linda Berens, founder of Interstrength Associates, used by thousands of organizational development and human resources professionals worldwide.

Berens is renowned for taking Temperament Theory, which has been used for over 2 centuries and describes the core values, motivations and needs of individuals, and translating it into practical business applications.

Many corporate organizational development leaders recognize that understanding Temperament can enhance nearly every aspect of corporate performance, from leadership development to employee motivation and retention to creativity and innovation to navigating change. The challenge has been that the old names—Rational, Guardian, Artisan and Idealist—contribute to some bias in organizations. “We found people resonate with words they identify with,” says Berens. “Who wouldn’t want to be called ‘rational’ when the opposite is ‘irrational’ and being an ‘Idealist’ may not be highly valued in the ‘real’ world of balance sheets and shareholder value.”

Over the years, people have called the four temperaments by many names. Dr. Berens and her team selected the new names based on three core ideas—the names had to be active, describe a contribution to organizations and get to the talent as well as the core values of each temperament pattern.

The new names, which are a culmination of more than 25 years of training thousands of people in Temperament Theory, are being very well received in the community of organizational development professionals and by Interstrength Associates corporate training and consulting clients. “Our clients are very enthusiastic about integrating the new names into their training curriculums,” says Berens. “They appreciate the greater resonance with the realities of the current business environment.”

About Interstrength Associates

Interstrength™ Associates (ISA) is a corporate training company dedicated to serving organizations seeking to maximize individual and companywide results. ISA facilitates more accurate self-knowledge and knowledge of others that directly translates into more effective leadership and team work. Its approach is to maximize the contribution of each individual by giving them the keys to their personal power tools—understanding Interaction Styles and Temperament models. ISA builds each of its training workshops on a foundation of the Interstrength Method, a proprietary blend of these powerful models and proven adult learning principles customized to meet the needs of each client.

About Dr. Linda Berens

Linda V. Berens is the founder of Interstrength® Associates, which provides organizational consulting and interventions as well as certification of trainers in the Interstrength® assessments and method and Myers-Briggs Type Indicator® (MBTI®) Qualification programs. Linda has spent over twenty-five years helping individuals and teams recognize their strengths, transcend their weaknesses, and work together better. Linda is recognized internationally for her theoretical contributions to the field of psychological type and for developing user-friendly training materials for practical application of understanding personality differences. Linda is the author of Understanding Yourself and Others®: An Introduction to Interaction Styles and coauthor of The I in TEAM: Accelerating Performance of Remote and Co-Located Teams and Groundbreaking Sales Skills: Portable Sales Techniques to Ensure Success as well as many other publications.

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