Why We Need a Culture Assessment

William Sant

Head of Marketing

February 3, 2021

If you moved to another country, you would quickly find that the people there have drastically different values than yourself. Though you may not completely alter your personal values, you would likely find strength in their values, and look for ways to incorporate those values into your own life.

We live in a time of biting criticism, deep hatred, and complete misunderstanding. Rather than trying to understand those we disagree with, we build walls to further separate different points of view. Instead of mining for truth and valuing what others have to offer, we cut them off and don’t seek to understand, but to judge.

Of course, everyone isn’t like this, but watching the news you would never know. There are few individuals gifted with the ability to understand the values of people much different than themselves, and come to a compromise between two opposing parties.

For example, if you moved to another country, you would quickly find that the people there have drastically different values than yourself. Though you may not completely alter your personal values, you would likely find strength in their values, and look for ways to incorporate those values into your own life. Some have called this “cultural envy”. 

If you want to develop some "cultural envy" yourself, you should first begin by understanding your own personal values. But what is the best way to go about learning your own dominant values?


We Can Help

Unfortunately, we are more accustomed to branching away from those with different values, and discussing topics with those whose values are most similar to our own.


Personabilities wants to make this more possible than ever. Through the culture assessment, you can discover where your personal values typically fall. Are you independent, valuing personal freedom? Or are you communal, valuing the well-being of the whole over the individual? Do you feel personal respect is important? Or do you value strength above all?

Though none of these values are inherently wrong, you can see how some of these values may collide. Someone who values their personal freedom might often clash with someone who values that whole of society. Someone who values strength might get in conflict with someone who values respect.

These values in a group, together, would harness the strengths of each to better understand how to cater rules, regulations, and processes that are helpful to everyone. Unfortunately, we are more accustomed to branching away from those with different values, and discussing topics with those whose values are most similar to our own.


So Why Take The Test?

By taking the test, you are expressing willingness to understand your own personal values, and see how those both compare, and contrast, to those with different values. 


We are on a mission to improve human understanding in countries, communities, and families. By taking the test, you are expressing willingness to understand your own personal values, and see how those both compare, and contrast, to those with different values. 

As a suggestion, we encourage you to mingle with those of different value dominance. Instead of only forming groups of ‘communals’ (though this a great idea), form a group of a variety of dominances. Talk with each other about ways to compromise, about how to find win-win solutions, and why those of different values think those values are important.

You would be surprised with how much more we share in common than by how we are different. In this way we can promote community, cooperation, and unity. By seeking first to understand, and THEN to struggle through a value problem, we can better create solutions that cater to cultural/value differences.


How the Culture Test Fits in with Personabilities


Though each one of these tests is invaluable in itself, taking all four gives you a comprehensive understanding of your personality.

This isn’t the only test we provide to help people understand themselves. Currently, the tests available cover your career skills and interests, and now culture and values. Over the next few months, we will be introducing a temperament test to help you understand how you react to a variety of life situations, and a thought processing test that can help you know how you work through problems, and also which mental illnesses you may be most susceptible to.

Though each one of these tests is invaluable in itself, taking all four gives you a comprehensive understanding of your personality. Though we in no way want to take the spotlight away from diversity of race, gender, and background, psychographic diversity is just as important. 

So what are you waiting for? Get started with the culture assessment to determine where your value dominance lies, and then jump in and discuss it with others who have taken the test. Find out why they have a different answer than you. If your friends all have the same answer, what might that say about your understanding of those with different values than yours?

These tests have the potential to change careers, political turmoil, cultural misunderstanding, and more. 


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