Weird personality test for Army Recruiters

Apparently, I’m an extroverted introvert and I speak with authority while I question it.

Neat. At least this personality test completely left off religion/spirituality. They were also spot-on about my ADD. I’m medicated though, so maybe I should have answered differently (I’m actually a little ‘too’ hyper-focused when medicated).

It got weird near the end. The test started flashing words like “SUICIDE” “ME” “THRIVE” “THEM” “HANGING” “BREATHING” “LIVE” “MYSELF”, and you had to rapidly sort them. It felt like this trailer for A Clockwork Orange.

Don’t TAIS me, bro

The test is called The Attentional and Interpersonal Style Inventory (TAIS). It measures a person’s adaptability to high-stress environments. I’m in school for Army Recruiting, and it’s becoming very clear that this is a very tedious, time-consuming, and high-stress job.

The creators of the TAIS sell it like this:

Enhanced Performance Systems (EPS): Helping you identify and train tomorrow’s leaders today in business, sport, and military.

EPS is the developer of The Attentional and Interpersonal Style (TAIS) Inventory, a 144 item questionnaire assessing concentration and communication skills, and various procedures used to improve those skills. TAIS is utilized around the world by professional service providers to identify and train individuals who must consistently perform at high levels under challenging conditions.

If you get to the creepy left/right sorting part and get something wrong, it lets you know. You see a big red X for a second. I got pissed off at the few I missed. FUCKING RED X! WHY I OUGHTTA!!! Then, I’d subconsciously try to send the red x over to the ‘death / suicide’ pile of words, despite the current word now being positive.

I might have clicked wrong too many times because I now have an appointment with a shrink on Monday morning. One third of my class have the same fun meeting to look forward to too. My instructors say this is very common and they’ve never seen anyone removed from class over this test. One of them prefaced the test with: “Don’t fail it on purpose trying to get out of being a recruiter. You’re stuck.”

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