Group 3. - Pick the Personality Type

Question  51.    A trial lawyer is selecting the jury for a civil trial where a grey haired lady was shopping at a local grocery store and slipped and fell.  She normally uses a walker but that day she decided not to use it.  The lady is a grandmother and very sympathetic.  The attorney must pick one of the four remaining jurors set forth below.  Who would you pick as the juror?

            (a) An A-type a male truck driver with a history of speeding tickets and keeps looking at the clock.

            (b) A B-type female hair dresser and very friendly, 

            (c) A C-type female accountant with a notepad and pencil in hand, and

            (d) A D-type 35 year old male working in marketing department of a chemical company. 

Answer:  Juror (b) is the best choice.  She is a B-type and very sympathetic and will have no problem ignoring the law. 

Although juror (a) may ignore the law, the A-type truck driver is usually not moved by sympathy. He’s probably wonders why they are there taking up his time.    Juror (c) will be the hardest to convince since all of the facts appear to be against her case.  Juror (d) will find that the little old lady leaving her walker home lacks simple caution.

Practice Session  If you have served on a jury before, can you identify any of the juror’s personality types, and how did they approach the case.  Next time you are on a jury, see if you can guess the personality types. 

Question  52.   Henry Ford had an 8th grade education and became the nation’s leading industrialist.  He hired an engineer from a competitor who had the idea of a mass production method which permitted him to sell cars at a price below what the competitors could do.  He attempted to control ever aspect of his manufacturing process from the car seats to the rubber tires.  That placed his competitors at a major disadvantage.  He maintained tight control over everyone below him.   What was Henry Ford’s predominate personality type?

(a)   A  

(b)   B  

 (c)  C  

 (d)  D  

 (e)  All of the Above

Answer:  Henry Ford was most likely an A-type.  He exemplifies that an education, or the environment, does not dictate the personality type.  He was extremely competitive and sought to put all of his competitors out of business.  He wanted to win at all costs.  That is the main intrinsic trait.

Question  53.   My daughter came to me and says she is sick.  The following explanations are provided.  Identify the most dominate personality type that fits each explanation.

a. My daughter is sick because she has a temperature of 102.5 F and the CDC flu map shows that it is widespread in our state.

b. My daughter is sick because she told me so and she never lies.

c. My daughter is sick and I sent a note yesterday saying I thought she was coming down with something.

d. My daughter is sick because you gave her too much homework, and she barely had time to finish her chores.

Answer:

(a)   This explanation is consistent with being a C-type.  They are data driven and solve problems with logic and reason. 

(b)  This is consistent with a B-type personality.  They deal with interrelationships and are very sociable.  Their interrelationship abilities allows them to determine the credibility of their daughter. 

(c)  This is probably a D-type.  They love to look into the future and make predictions based on prior observations. 

(d) This is a classic A-type.  They are very protective of their children and advocate on their behalf.  The fact that the daughter had chores indicates that the parent is training the child to develop good work ethics to become successful.

Question  54.  A couple having been living together for the last 10- years.  They have a dog named “Steve” for the last 7 years.  They have mutually agreed to separate.   But, both sides want Steve.  Match the resolution method to the Personality type.

a. The dog’s feelings must be taken into account. Have a friend hold the dog on a leash and the couple walk 25 yards in opposite directions.  Then each call the dog to come to them.  Whoever the dog comes to keeps the dog.  

b. The party who paid for the dog is the owner and therefore keeps the dog.

c. An analysis is made as to who can best care for the dog in terms of who can spend the most time with Steve, who takes him to the veterinarian, who takes him for the most walks, who feeds him, and who grooms him.   

d. The parties flip a coin.

Answer:

(a)   This appears to be what a B-type personality would would.  That is a simple extension of the having friends trait.  Anyone who says a pet can’t be a friend probably never had a pet.  Even fish have been known to visit with the owner.   

(b)  This would be a classic Type A personality.  It was my money and I owe it.  It also follows the law.

(c)  This is probably a C-type.  Making calculations and having data always results in the best answer.  It’s only logical–so says the C-Types.  

(d) This is likely a D-type.  If it were based on a statistical analysis then it would be a C-type trait.  But pure chance, that’s more in the domain of the D-types. 

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