Disposition

Disposition

Your Disposition is your learning personality. It is one of your five Power Traits for Life™ and it affects how you learn, work, and communicate. Different Dispositions have different learning needs. All Dispositions are equally important and valuable.

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If you have taken the Self-Portrait™ power traits assessment use the http://www.powertraitsforlife.com website to help you understand and use your Power Traits for Life™.

Use the top navigation bar to find pages that correspond to your top Dispositions, Talents, Modalities, Interests and preferred Environment. You can also use the “search” field at the top right of the screen to learn more about how to leverage your strengths.

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Talents

Talents

A Talent is a natural skill that makes it easy to learn something or to do something.  With a Talent you start ahead of others when learning something new. We are not always interested in our Talents, and that is okay. As much as possible, try to incorporate your Talents that interest you into your curriculum.

It is helpful to incorporate your Talents in your learning process. Your Talents affect:

  • your study methods
  • the subjects you choose
  • your career goals

Your Talents can be the foundation for all learning and working activities.

  • Sometimes people minimize their Talents because they come so easily.
  • Sometimes you may prefer to pursue Interests rather than Talents
  • Whatever provides you with the most motivation—Interests or Talents—is the route to follow.
  • Music: playing an instrument, composing, having an ear for rhythm or notes
  • Math-Logic: math patterns, logic puzzles, math concepts, can show an aptitude in technology / electronics / engineering
  • Mechanical: fixing things, figuring out how things work can show up as aptitudes for machines, cars, building, home repairs
  • Word-Language: vocabulary, languages, have a way with words, perhaps writing
  • 3D Talent: drawing, designing, sense of direction, reading blueprints, architecture
  • Body Coordination: activities that require coordination come easily such as sports, dancing, skating, climbing, building
  • Self-Care: self-care, independent, introspective, confident, interested in self-improvement
  • People: making friends, understanding people, put people at ease, comfortable with people in general
  • Animal: generates trust and rapport with animals
  • Nature: at home in nature
  • Humor: knacks for telling jokes, finding humorous twists

Learn More

If you have taken the Self-Portrait™ power traits assessment use the http://www.powertraitsforlife.com website to help you understand and use your Power Traits for Life™.

Use the top navigation bar to find pages that correspond to your top Dispositions, Talents, Modalities, Interests and preferred Environment. You can also use the “search” field at the top right of the screen to learn more about how to leverage your strengths.

Support Student-Centered Learning

To learn more about how to use the Self-Portrait™ power traits assessment as a fundraising tool for your organization, click here.

Modalities

Modalities: Your Information Processing Equipment

Your Modalities are the best ways for you to take in information. It will be helpful for you to know your Modality Power Traits for Life™ and to use them to guide you as much as possible in the learning process.

There are eight Modalities:

Learn More

If you have taken the Self-Portrait™ power traits assessment use the http://www.powertraitsforlife.com website to help you understand and use your Power Traits for Life™.

Use the top navigation bar to find pages that correspond to your top Dispositions, Talents, Modalities, Interests and preferred Environment. You can also use the “search” field at the top right of the screen to learn more about how to leverage your strengths.

Support Student-Centered Learning

To learn more about how to use the Self-Portrait™ power traits assessment as a fundraising tool for your organization, click here.

Interests

Interests are our #1 motivators. Interest can help us think more clearly, understand more deeply, and remember more accurately. By incorporating Interests into your studies, you can enhance learning in all subjects, and have more fun.

Your Interests Can Help You Learn. They:

  • make you happy
  • energize and wake up your brain.
  • help you pay closer attention
  • allow you to process information faster
  • encourage you to stick with studying until you “get it”
  • encourage you read and think more carefully
  • encourage you to listen more carefully
  • can excite you to connect old and new knowledge.

Try to incorporate your interests into your learning whenever possible.

Learn More

If you have taken the Self-Portrait™ power traits assessment use the http://www.powertraitsforlife.com website to help you understand and use your Power Traits for Life™.

Use the top navigation bar to find pages that correspond to your top Dispositions, Talents, Modalities, Interests and preferred Environment. You can also use the “search” field at the top right of the screen to learn more about how to leverage your strengths.

Support Student-Centered Learning

To learn more about how to use the Self-Portrait™ power traits assessment as a fundraising tool for your organization, click here.

Environment

Where you study or work best

Where you study or do your work can greatly influence your ability to think, learn and complete tasks. Often a few simple changes can make a big difference. It will be helpful for you to know your Environment Power Traits and to use them to guide you as much as possible in the learning process.

Try to create a study or work environment where you can be comfortable AND pay attention. This will help you to do your best work and remember more. Think about the following:

  • Do you need quiet, noise, or music playing?
  • Do you need to sit at a desk, lie on the floor, or walk around?
  • Do you need to be alone or with other people to do your best work? Maybe you like the company of your pet!
  • Do you need warm or cool temperatures? Maybe you do better with fresh air.
  • Do you need dim or bright light? Natural or indoor lighting?
  • What colors energize you, make you feel comfortable, or inspire you?
  • What colors sap energy, make you feel uncomfortable, are uninspiring?

When exploring careers, consider the typical working environment, and go for a match with your preferences.

Activity: Make Predictions

Make a hypothesis – Predict the conditions you think are best for your study or work environment:

  • with or without music?
  • planned exercise breaks every 20 minutes or no breaks?
  • working on your bed, at a desk in a quiet space, at the kitchen table?
  • taking breaks for water and snacks?
  • time of day: right after school, after dinner, before bed?
  • text messaging and use of social media?

Download a worksheet by clicking here. Preferred Study Environments – Test Your Hypothesis

  • Collect your data and compare with others in your class, family, or group
  • Were you surprised by your findings?

Learn More

If you have taken the Self-Portrait™ power traits assessment use thehttp://www.powertraitsforlife.com website to help you understand and use your Power Traits for Life™.

Use the top navigation bar to find pages that correspond to your top Dispositions,Talents, Modalities, Interests and preferred Environment. You can also use the “search” field at the top right of the screen to learn more about how to leverage your strengths.

If you haven’t taken the Self-Portrait™ assessment, click here to purchase:

Support Student-Centered Learning

To learn more about how to use the Self-Portrait™ power traits assessment as a fundraising tool for your organization, click here.

 

Imaginative Disposition (formerly Thinking-Creating)

You are born with a unique personality that affects how you interact with the world and how the world perceives you. This unique personality is called your Disposition. There are 5 Dispositions: Spontaneous, Organized, Curious, Supportive and Imaginative.  Generally people have 2 dominant Disposition types.

If you have an Imaginative Disposition, you probably enjoy opportunities to ponder thoughts and work on creative projects. You might do your best work with projects that incorporate artistic expression.

You might enjoy alone time and spaces that give you the freedom to “escape” or listen to music. You might prefer alone time in nature or an opportunity to be artistic and creative. You probably are not fond of schedules and prefer flexible environments.

Click on the link to learn more about your Imaginative Disposition 

Supportive Disposition (formerly Relating-Inspiring)

You are born with a unique personality that affects how you interact with the world and how the world perceives you. This unique personality is called your Disposition. There are 5 Dispositions: Spontaneous, Organized, Curious, Supportive and Imaginative.  Generally people have 2 dominant Disposition types.

If you have a Supportive Disposition, you are probably interested in issues that involve other people.  You are probably passionate about social issues and seek equality for all.

You might like to work in small groups that provide cooperative interaction. You probably prefer warm, harmonious atmospheres that create a cooperative spirit.

Curious Disposition (formerly Inventing)

You are born with a unique personality that affects how you interact with the world and how the world perceives you. This unique personality is called your Disposition. There are 5 Dispositions: Spontaneous, Organized, Curious, Supportive and Imaginative.  Generally people have 2 dominant Disposition types.

If you have a Curious Disposition you probably prefer flexible spaces that provide room for labs, experiments, and models. You thrive in atmospheres that encourage questioning, exploring, debating, and unscheduled time to work independently. You ask lots of questions – about everything – because that’s how you learn best!

High school students with an Inventing Disposition can increase learning efficiency by incorporating drawing, constructing models, or using information maps.

Organized Disposition (formerly Producing)

You are born with a unique personality that affects how you interact with the world and how the world perceives you. This unique personality is called your Disposition. There are 5 Dispositions: Spontaneous, Organized, Curious, Supportive and Imaginative.  Generally people have 2 dominant Disposition types.

If you have an Organized Disposition you probably like environments that are structured.  You might prefer processes that are sequential and have ordered components. People with Producing Dispositions enjoy routine and find comfort in situations that are predictable.

You might enjoy a study environment that is quiet and consistent, like a typical library setting. You are good at planning and organizing your time as well as projects.

People with a Producing Disposition can have difficulty when plans change. Areas for growth might include being more tolerant of uncertainty and exploring your creative side.  Make time for play and development of friendships.

When you think about a career consider jobs that value your ability for creating order and structure. Careers that might appeal to you include: administrator, secretary, accountant, banker, teacher, events coordinator or other jobs that put your organizing and planning skills to use.

Spontaneous Disposition (formerly Performing)

You are born with a unique personality that affects how you interact with the world and how the world perceives you. This unique personality is called your Disposition. There are 5 Dispositions: Spontaneous, Organized, Curious, Supportive and Imaginative.  Generally people have 2 dominant Disposition types.

If you have a Spontaneous Disposition you are probably always on the move.  While some teachers might encourage you to “sit still”, your movement is actually helping you to learn. In fact, John Ratey, author of A User’s Guide to the Brain, calls exercise “Miracle-Gro for the brain” because of its role in stimulating nerve growth factors!

You probably prefer a study environment that is flexible and allows you to move. If you must sit in a desk for certain subjects or for assessments, ask your teachers if you can bring a squishy ball to class. Some teachers might allow you to use bouncy bands to release your energy – they are elastic strips tied between the front legs of a desk that you can bounce your feet on when you are concentrating.

Try to incorporate movement into your study. For example, if you are memorizing facts jump rope, ride a bike, run or skip as you say the facts out loud or in your head. Or recite a fact or concept you are working on, then shoot a basket or bounce a ball. These activities can help to make the information stick in your brain!

Your studies could also be enhanced if you get regular exercise. Join a sports team or engage in daily physical activity to keep a positive outlook and stay more focused.

When you think about a career, take your need for movement into account. If movement is important for you, seek a career that has a work environment that matches your need to move.

To learn more about how to use your Spontaneous Disposition and leverage Your Power Traits™, click on this link: Spontaneous Disposition.