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Keirsey Report

California Cryobank is constantly looking for ways to provide new comprehensive and interesting donor information to help make your selection process easier. One of the more impressive assessment tools we've found is the Keirsey Temperament Sorter (KTS).

The Keirsey Temperament Sorter is widely used by psychologists around the world in assessing temperament for both self-understanding and understanding of others. Designed for use by non-professionals, the KTS is frequently used by government agencies, businesses, religious organizations, colleges and universities nationwide.

California Cryobank, in conjunction with (official licensee of the test), offers the KTS and comprehensive 10-page results report to our clients for a nominal fee.

Test Background
Created by Dr. David W. Keirsey in 1978, the Keirsey Temperament Sorter is based on the Theory of Human Type articulated by Carl Jung and turned into the first psychological type instrument by Isabel Myers, with help from her mother, Katherine Briggs.

The Author
Dr. David W. Keirsey is a clinical psychologist specializing in coaching people on how to get along better with each other. Having spent over 30 years training therapists and pathologists in changing dysfunctional behavior in children and adults, Dr. Keirsey has written two books on temperament theory - Please Understand Me and Please Understand Me II.

Temperament Theory
Temperament is a pre-disposition towards a particular configuration of habits. Temperament theory is a language to talk about commonalities and differences between people. Temperament indicates likelihood to act in a certain way. It is a set of inclinations set at birth. Temperament differs from personality, the combination of temperament and environment.

Test Description
The Keirsey Temperament Sorter is a 70-question test that takes about 15 minutes to complete. The test separates individuals into four temperaments, each temperament on a two letter scale:

  • NT - Rationals
  • SJ - Guardians
  • NF - Idealists
  • SP - Artisans

A person's character type is given as a 4-letter classification using one letter from each of the two letter scales (for example ESTJ).

  • Expressive (E) vs. Reserved (I)
  • Observant (S) vs. Introspective (N)
  • Tough-Minded (T) vs. Friendly (F)
  • Probing (P) vs. Scheduling (J)

The Keirsey Temperament Sorter has 16 character types. Each California Cryobank donor will have a unique result in their placement on the four character type graphs.

Test Results
The Keirsey Temperament Sorter Test results consist of a 10-page report that outlines the temperament and character type of the donor. Results of The Keirsey Temperament Sorter are available for selected CCB donors. (Some retired donors may not have taken the test). Our online and printed catalogs indicate which donors have taken the test. Additionally, you may view the donor's answers to ten specific questions from the test by accessing the Keirsey Q&A.

If you are interested, you may gain access to the Keirsey Report and Keirsey Q&A products for all donors by purchasing our Level III (Full Access) subscription plan. Alternatively, you may purchase the Keirsey Report for individual donors through our Advanced Search for the donors you are considering. Please note that Keirsey Reports purchased online are not mailed, they must be accessed online. You also have the option to take the test and receive the 10 page report ($14.95) yourself. Donor Information Pricing can be found online.

Please Read Before Purchasing or Taking the Test
The Keirsey Temperament Sorter is a self-assessed questionnaire. The accuracy of the test will depend on the answers given by the individual taking the questionnaire.

The Keirsey Temperament Sorter evaluates an individual's tendency to behave in a certain manner. It serves as a general outline of a person. It is important to remember that although we may typically act in a certain way; everyone is capable of behaving in ways not common to our strongest pre-disposition.

Many factors, in addition to temperament, make up an individual's personality. These factors include a person's character, his or her age, gender, culture, background, and circumstances of life.

Please be aware that the results of the Keirsey Temperament Sorter for the donor you've selected, while interesting to read, is not be a predictor of the temperament of your child. California Cryobank offers a number of other tools (profiles, audio interviews, baby photos, handwriting analysis) to further assist clients in selecting a donor. We encourage clients to consult a wide variety of tools during the donor selection process.

Please contact our Client Services Department with any questions about the Keirsey Temperament Sorter at 866-927-9622.

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