The idea that humans come in four basic patterns has been around a
long time. PDS believes that introducing our program participants to the
concept of the four temperaments has many benefits including the
Using the four temperaments or personality styles (PDS- People Patterns) in our approach to others will reduce the chance for misunderstanding and poor communications.
Being grounded in the concept of “Temperament Theory” allows one to approach people of different temperaments on a level that is consistent with those temperaments and helps us understand the person who is trying to communicate with us.
It helps us see various relationship issues (at home, school, and work) in the view of the other person. The recognition of one’s personality style can, in itself, be a self-affirming and esteem enhancing experience.
The People Patterns material is adapted from Dr. Stephen Montgomery’s book People Patterns: A Modern Guide to the Four Temperaments. For more than 20 years, Dr. Montgomery worked as editor and research assistant to Dr. David Keirsey, today’s foremost expert on Temperament Theory and author of Please Understand Me, written in 1978, and the revised and updated Please Understand Me II, written in 1998. Montgomery takes Keirsey’s work and puts it into a more concise and easy to read form that draws on popular entertainment such as movies, music, and TV for examples of the four temperaments.
The People Patterns exercise is conducted in ALL of the referral programs provided by PDS. The exercise is conducted using a set of temperament profile cards called PDS- People Pattern cards, and the Montgomery Temperament Assessment, a tool created by Dr. Montgomery specially for PDS class participants. This handout is provided to each student and their assessed basic temperament "type" is noted on their certificate of completion at the end of class.