All round him he ( Carl G. Jung ) saw the fatal consequences of the power to do and act conferred on men whose being did not match the responsibilities of the functions entrusted to them. He was to say over and over again . . . that the right cause entrusted to the wrong man was disastrous. - Laurence Van Der Post.
What is WIST?
You can define WIST® as a "race- and gender-neutral measurement of occupational strengths." Thus both men and women can expect equivalent results from its use. In its present self-scoring form WIST is new to the web in 2005, but it is hardly new itself having been used in private practice from the early 1980s. During the interval since then, it has been employed primarily as a guide to career planning, both as a stand-alone instrument, and as part of a comprehensive personal-assessment test battery. In both instances it has compiled a strong record of accuracy in measuring the strengths and disclosing the weaknesses, in occupational terms, of those who take it. Now it is available to all women or men who wish to explore with privacy assured, and at modest expense, their personal strengths and weaknesses expressed in job-related terms.
You're wondering why WIST is so named? As you may well have expected, it is an acronym. It highlights the four Functions that it measures which are: Will; Imagination; Sensation: and Thought. For those of you who are familar with the work of the Swiss psychologist, Carl Gustav Jung, you will immediately identify a correspondence with his four Functions: Feeling, Intuition, Sensation, and Thinking. It happened that many years earlier the Swedish scientist and theologian, Emanuel Swedenborg, postulated characteristics that are similar enough to merit their use. Measurement of Jung's two Attitudes, Extraversion and Introversion, round out the data collected to produce each WIST Profile.
The secret of joy in work is contained in one word -- excellence. To know how to do something is to enjoy it. - Pearl S. Buck
How Can WIST Help Me?
It is natural to wonder why such a measurement as WIST is necessary. Interestingly, WIST itself supplies much of the answer simply in its repeated disclosure, through practical application over the years, that many of us are working at jobs that are either on the edge of our main strengths, or actually dependent to a significant extent on our weaknesses. There is no question but that we have a right to base our careers on our strengths. Look at it this way. Our weaknesses are the price we pay for our strengths, and we pay double if we depend on them. We pay first by having them at all, and then again by having to rely on them. Looking at it another way, doesn't the rest of the world deserve to have us occupied in what we are fundamentally good at?
A funny thing happens to a lot of us. We are working along at jobs in which we are doing at least as well as our associates, getting good reviews and merit increases, but we just don't feel satisfied. Somehow our performance isn't measuring up to our own standards. Personal standards can be hard taskmasters because, for one thing, we can't escape them since they are built in. And if we are in a line of work that is on the edge of our strengths and not depending heavily on them the way it should, it is unlikely that we ever will measure up to the capabilities that we truly believe we have. There's a lingering source of dissatisfaction that can make itself felt when we are doing a job that is perfectly creditable by ordinary norms but still not good enough to satisfy our personal standards of performance.
In order that people may be happy in their work, these three things are needed: They must be fit for it; They must not do too much of it; And they must have a sense of success in it. - John Ruskin
What is it Like to Take WIST?
WIST is fun to take. For one thing it takes only 15 or 20 minutes. And for another it isn't the least bit threatening. We have all been exposed to measurements of this or that which force us to reply to response items we don't like. With WIST you are given two hundred adjectives, none of which is negative, and asked to indicate which represent you and to simply skip the rest. The reason none of the adjectives is negative is that WIST is measuring strengths, and you don't need negative information to do that. Weaknesses are inferred to be sure, but they are not measured directly. This is all made clear in the interpretation of the graphics that are part of the scoring. When your WIST Profile is calculated and presented, you are given credit for every adjective you chose; not one of your chosen words is wasted; each is a part of you and respected as such. You will find that your WIST Profile is one among the basic 54, each of which has distinctive characteristics in occupational terms.
I think knowing what you can not do is more important than knowing what you can do. - Lucille Ball
What Do I Get?
What then do you get for your efforts and your fee? First you learn your graphic WIST Profile, its name and its index. You receive an interpretation relating to the principal occupational strengths that your Profile displays. You will also receive a graphic presentation of all the Profiles other than your own, along with interpretations of their occupational strengths as well. This is extremely important because it allows you not only to position yourself accurately within the occupational world of WIST, but also to clearly infer where your best efforts would be most worthwhile. You will literally "see" your strengths and weaknesses displayed in a logical yet colorful format. Rounding out what you get are working definitions of the Functions and the Attitudes so that you can get more of a feeling for what you have communicated about yourself through your adjective selection.
Most men would feel insulted if it were proposed to employ them in throwing stones over a wall, and then throwing them back, merely that they might earn their wages. But many are no more worthily employed now. - Henry David Thoreau
How Can I Have Confidence in My WIST Interpretation?
This website presents WIST Profiles which apply to persons and which are thus designated "Personal Profiles." However there is another side of WIST which is not displayed here directly, and that involves "Occupational Profiles." The WIST Functions: Will; Imagination; Sensation; and Thought can be applied to occupations with the same validity that supports their application to persons. Put simply, WIST in its full scope describes both persons and occupations by means of identical criteria. Further, these criteria can be portrayed for both persons and occupations, by means of identical Profiles. A simple, visual comparison of Personal and Occupational Profiles immediately reveals how well they match, and it is this congruence which provides the basis for WIST Profile interpretations. So, when you have completed a WIST, and you read the interpretation of your profile, you see information about occupations which have the same WIST Profile as yourself.
To love what you do and feel that it matters - how could anything be more fun? - Katharine Graham
WIST® has an excellent track record of measuring the occupational strengths of the many respondents who have taken it. It's easy to complete it in that it takes only fifteen minutes or so in a comfortable process that is most affirmative and devoid of stress. The theory behind WIST does all the heavy lifting, leaving you with the task of simply selecting the adjectives that apply to you. Two thoughts should be kept in mind however. First, it is best that you be fluent in English, so as to be able to discern the fine distinctions needed to complete WIST reliably. Second, the best results are to be had by respondents who are at least 20 years old. Experience indicates that test - retest reliability is enhanced at about that age. There is an unfortunate practice in psychometrics of testing the young too soon, and WIST seeks to avoid this.
Good luck with your career. Remember that WIST can help you with it.
We must believe that we are gifted for something, and that this thing, whatever the cost, must be attained. - Marie Curie