Emotional balance

Need for support
The extent to which the person needs support from the people around her.
Appreciates support

Appreciates support

  • grateful for help
  • need for understanding
  • asks support easily
  • likes interest
Strongly needs agreement, support and understanding – especially in case of stress or adversity. Has an urge to be heard and understood. Values and depends on a warm and sympathetic atmosphere; appreciates sincere interest, is grateful for help and support. Likes to work in a team where people fend for each other. Will easily ask for support; may feel things in life are „against' him.
Possible Pitfall:

  • balanced between need for support and independence
  • knows when to ask for help
Finds a balance between need for support and desire to be independent; knows when to ask for support and when to start something new by himself. Has a certain need to be heard and understood or to share his thoughts and experiences with others but doesn't depend on such conditions.


  • independent
  • presents as tough
  • needs little support or guidance
Is driven by independence; needs little agreement, help or understanding in order to function. Presents as tough even when facing serious adversity; may seem less sensitive. Usually functions without any support or guidance; may lose out on his team's potential by not sufficiently addressing its support or back-up. May risk taking on too much himself. Demands little energy or attention from others when attempting something new.
Possible Pitfall:
The extent to which the person respects and looks up to other people.


  • respectful
  • sense of hierarchy
  • takes advice well
  • admires other people’s achievements
Is driven by admiration for people who inspire or intrigue him. Is sensitive to superiors' positive recognition. Has a strong sense of hierarchy; wants to be recognized and liked by people he respects and regards as knowledgeable. Is easily advised by them. Is ready to admire others and express his admiration.
Possible Pitfall:

  • is able to handle hierarchy
  • balanced between showing respect and striving for equality
Finds a balance between striving for equality and defending his own position on the one hand and showing respect to superiors on the other. Stands his own in hierarchical situations and dares to approach and go against superiors when necessary. May be impressed by other people's status; knows when to take advice and from whom. Will sufficiently recognize and admire exceptional achievements.


  • strives for equality
  • sees hierarchy in perspective
  • approaches superiors easily
Focuses on his own position and likes to see relations based on equality; is unlikely to look up to other people's achievements or to compliment those people for them. Sees any hierarchies in perspective, is hardly sensitive to them. Has little respect for „important' people; is hard to impress or to influence by other people's authority. Has little difficulty approaching people, regardless of their status.
Possible Pitfall:
The extent to which the person has self-esteem and mental stability


  • confident
  • sometimes possibly overconfident
  • optimistic
  • resilient
Is driven by self-confidence and mentally very stabile. Can take on a lot, rarely suffers from emotional outbursts and is not easily unbalanced. Can handle emotional experiences well, is resilient and usually optimistic. Is rarely hindered by fear of failure and usually daring but may walk away from taking responsibility for mistakes and risk being overconfident.
Possible Pitfall:

  • balanced between being resilient and sensitive
  • realistic
Has sufficient self-confidence, finds a balance between bouncing back readily and letting a situation sink in. Is mentally stabile and usually understands a mistake's consequences. Is realistic and sufficiently self-critical, can handle mistakes and is usually not held back for fear to make them.


  • avoids mistakes
  • aware of their consequences
  • self-critical
Is driven by avoiding mistakes, may tend to perfectionism or suffer from performance anxiety. Is sensitive to overall atmosphere and to external (especially negative) impressions, emotionally involved and likely to lose his cool after a stressful event. Takes matters personally, sees a mistake's consequences readily and tends to blame himself for it; is very self-critical.
Possible Pitfall:
Stress management & pressure
The extent to which the person can manage pressure and stressful situations.


  • very stable
  • sometimes stoical
  • sees problems and complaints in perspective
  • immune to stress
  • delivers under pressure
Is driven by excitement. Handles external pressure very well; is stable, not easily unbalanced even under severe pressure. Is unlikely to regard complaints or problems as urgent; sees problems in perspective, sometimes plays down larger problems. May come across as stoical or indifferent. Works better under constraint or with deadlines; has difficulty functioning in a dull or quiet environment. Tends to leave a task alone until the very last moment.
Possible Pitfall:

  • handles stress well without being stoical
  • pays attention to most problems
Is able to handle both stressful and uneventful situations, and to perform under a certain amount of pressure. Will not immediately lose her cool when put under stress but is unlikely to remain stoical under all circumstances. Is perceptive to complaints and problems and tends to respond to them adequately; prioritizes or pays attention to them depending on the situation. Works best in an environment where pressure and excitement are balanced with peace and calm.


  • need for peace and calm
  • committed
  • prioritizes problems and complaints
  • concerned
Has a strong need for a peaceful and calm work environment in order to perform. Pressure and hectic situations may lead to an emotional response, even to panic. Is very committed; quickly sees the urgency of problems and complaints – even minor ones. Is unlikely to ever play them down or put them in perspective; will rather prioritize them out of concern. Has no difficulty with uneventful circumstances.
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