My Result of The Humm-Wadsworth Temperament Scale

Australian workplace vocabulary, a person with this style is known as the "knocker". They are pessimistic in outlook, overtly aggressive and argumentative but, underneath, a little unsure about their own capabilities. This accumulation of critical feelings is somewhat balanced by a maturity of judgement and constructive self-management. Therefore, whilst this person is not going to be winning any popularity contests, they can demonstrate behaviour that is a little more acceptable at the workplace, provided of course they are in a work role where they can be publicly successful.

Problems and difficulties become the focal point for people with this style. It is almost as if they relish the situation where something goes wrong, so that they can exercise their critical vocabulary. There is an "I told you so" attitude which leads them to clearly point out not only what went wrong, but why it went wrong and who's fault it was. Pressure for them mounts quite rapidly where they appear to be the perpetrator of the error, and they will do their upmost to deflect blame from themselves. Whilst they will give "lip service" to the person who holds formal authority over them, they will delight in criticising that person's actions, especially if they happen to make an error. Because there is no obvious warmth present in a person with this style, they project brusqueness and, under pressure, a level of criticism and sarcasm which does not endear them to work associates.

Their preferred work style is to be involved in tasks which are important, but where the potential for error, and certainly the potential for public criticism, has been removed. Their control sees them being sensible enough to prepare thoroughly for what they have to do, to undertake the necessary training and to structure their own work scene so that they can avoid errors. They will make sure they have the proper equipment and material, and the critical side can to some extent be constructively employed, foreseeing difficulties and putting together strategies to make sure they don't reflect badly on them and their work performance.

They don't need other people in the team sense at the work place, but they would seek positions where they can exert authority and where they can delegate menial tasks to subordinates. Their normal supervisory style in handling subordinates, however, is not one that's likely to create enthusiastic support and contribution. Their negativism is off putting to most people and, by their own attitude, they can isolate themselves. However, they are able to damp down some of this negativism when they are dealing with people they regard as important and, whilst there will be little warmth present, they will be polite and go through the formal processes of deferring to authority.

Summary and recommended professions
A natural critic, a person with this style automatically looks for the flaws or faults in things and feels at home taking responsibility for the improvement of systems, procedures or processes. As a result, they should enjoy roles such as:

Professional: Vulnerablity Manager; Property Manager; Critic (art, theatre etc.)

SOMEHOW I am not satisfied with the result. Does that sound like I’m criticizing this scale? Or am I just being me? I don’t think I'm a critique in any way though I know sometimes I'm able to perfectly predict the outcome of a sudden decisive act. Am I a pessimist?

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