MemberSeptember 28, 2021 at 8:25 am
At Persona Education, we have developed thinking frameworks such as the personality styles concept, which offers young people an approach they can use to develop, accelerate and deepen their learning and application of social-emotional life skills.
The Persona thinking framework is based on four personality styles, which are descriptive, positive and rapidly internalised. We call these styles: Animated, Decisive, Rational and Sociable.
The four styles are derived from observing two fundamental aspects of thinking, communication and behaviour: Assertiveness and Responsiveness.
Assertiveness reflects how much someone tends to make statements or ask questions
Responsiveness reflects how much someone tends to focus on people or tasks
Combining these two aspects gives us an insight into anyone’s mix of personality styles. We call this their Persona.
Task focused and asks more questions > Rational
Task focused and makes more statements > Decisive
People focused and makes more statements > Animated
People focused and asks more questions > Sociable
Your Persona is about 50% determined by your genes, and 50% by external factors such as your school, friends and experiences. Some people have a more focused Persona than others, who may have a more balanced mix of styles.
For teenagers, their Persona is very likely to change as they navigate their teenage years, as they are still exploring how they see themselves and how they want the world to see them.
One of the most attractive aspects of using this type of personality insights approach to developing life skills is that there is no attainment ladder, no good or bad. Every student is equal, because none of the styles is seen as any better or worse than the others.
In fact, everyone has a unique mix of styles. Regardless of how focused or broad that mix is, everyone can identify positive characteristics to nurture, and growth areas to consider.
For example, many younger secondary school aged children have a mix of personality styles, focused around the Animated style with some Rational characteristics which come into play when they are more relaxed.
Animated style characteristics include being imaginative, talking about ideas and feelings, and relishing experiences. Rational characteristics include information gathering, analysing factual evidence, and taking time to reflect upon it.
Some of the adaptations young people with this combination of styles might consider employing to improve their communication and their relationships include more active listening, trying not to interrupt, being realistic with ideas and tasks, not overbearing others who may be less confident, and trying to be more patient, organised and disciplined.