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How personality type and languages of appreciation interrelate

Paul White (Appreciation at Work, Wichita, Kansas, USA)
Natalie Hamrick (Appreciation at Work, Wichita, Kansas, USA)
Tim Hepner (TypeCoach, Kingman, Kansas, USA)
Rob Toomey (TypeCoach, Sarasota, Florida, USA)

Strategic HR Review

ISSN: 1475-4398

Article publication date: 18 December 2018

Issue publication date: 28 January 2019

Abstract

Purpose

Given that assessment tools based upon the Jung/Myers personality framework and the Motivating By Appreciation Inventory are used by tens of thousands of workplaces, questions have arisen regarding their interrelatedness. The purpose of the current study is to assess the relationship between TypeCoach personality type and Language of Appreciation.

Design/methodology/approach

In total, 300 participants took both the MBA Inventory and TypeCoach Verifier. Each person’s primary Language of Appreciation and the summary scores for each of the four languages (Words of Affirmation, Acts of Service, Quality Time and Tangible Gifts) were calculated. Each participant’s TypeCoach data were scored as 1 of 16 traditional four-letter types (i.e. INTJ, ENFP), as well as dichotomously coded as extraversion (vs not), sensing (vs not), thinking (vs not) and judging (vs not). Logistic regression and chi-square tests were conducted to assess the relationships between primary Language of Appreciation and TypeCoach Verifier.

Findings

None of the analyses yielded a statistically significant relationship between Language of Appreciation and TypeCoach scores (all ps > 0.05).

Originality/value

This study is the first to assess the relationship between Jung/Myers personality types and languages of appreciation. It appears that personality type and preferred ways of receiving appreciation are independent, but potentially complimentary constructs. This study provides suggestions on how to best combine the tools to create an engaging work environment.

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Citation

White, P., Hamrick, N., Hepner, T. and Toomey, R. (2019), "How personality type and languages of appreciation interrelate", Strategic HR Review, Vol. 18 No. 1, pp. 2-7. https://doi.org/10.1108/SHR-08-2018-0069

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Emerald Publishing Limited

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