Talent DNA Tests
DNA is the very essence of life!.
DNA identifies you as a unique human being different from every other person on this planet of 7,300,000,000 people. That DNA, is seen in everything you do, every thought, action, homework/work assignment, relationship, response to teachers, act of caring, movies you watch, etc. The combination of your Spiritual/Character, Physical, Intellectual, Emotional, Social DNA is displayed in everything you do.
The tests and profiles you are going to read about and complete are the equivalent of DNA profiling. (You will be asked to take a few selected profiles.) They are a starting point to understanding who you are and the Story of Your Future.
My Life Scene has created and uses a carefully selected and highly predictive set of Positive Forensic Profile® assessments. They will help you discover and identify Talent and new facets of what makes you unique. They will be a part of the foundation of this magnificent quest to discover who you are and what you were are on this earth to become.
The starting point for predicting success is when an individual has a clear pathway to the future. They believe they can meet their goals because they know their Talent DNA.
No intelligent person would ever attempt to make important life decisions without accurate information. Chances are, you don’t want to fly blind when it comes to your future. All too often, our natural talents go untapped. From the cradle to the cubicle to the grave we devote more time to fixing our shortcomings than to developing our strengths. Your future will be determined by your Talents not your deficits.
Note! – None of the tests or profiles you will be asked to take are Mental Health, Deficit Diagnosis or covered by any HIPAA regulation. They are NOT seeking to find out what might be a problem, disease, disorder, dysfunction or any other negative issue. They all are looking for what is right and define where your Talent DNA and Character Strengths are.
To help people uncover their talents, Gallup introduced the first version of its online assessment, StrengthsFinder, in the 2001 book “Now, Discover Your Strengths”. The book spent more than five years on the bestseller lists and ignited a global conversation, while StrengthsFinder helped millions to discover their top five talents.
In StrengthsFinder 2.0 Gallup unveiled the new and improved version of its popular assessment, language of 34 themes, and much more. We use age appropriate versions from Gallup for children and teens. The Strenghts Explorer for 10-14 years and the Strengths Quest for older teens.
Traditionally, it has been assumed that people possess two kinds of intelligence: mathematical and verbal. They were readily accepted for a long time because they were easy to design curriculum around for the schools and fairly measurable with standardized tests. However, when Howard Gardner came along, he realized that there had to be much more to what people knew about the world than just their knowledge of numbers and words.
There were so many talented people out there in fields other than science and literature, and he believed that these people possessed certain kinds of knowledge that had never been considered before. With his theory of multiple intelligences, he attempted to explain the varied nature of human ability.to help people uncover their talents, We want to discover where you excel, in what intelligences.
The nine commonly accepted Multiple Intelligences are: 1. Logical/Mathematical, 2. Naturalistic, 3. Spatial, 4. Interpersonal, 5. Intrapersonal, 6. Linguistic, 7. Body/Kinesthetic, 8. Musical 9. Existential/Spiritual
Character matters! It drives Talent. The VIA Inventory of Strengths (VIA-IS), is a psychological assessment measure designed to identify an individual’s profile of Character Strengths. It was created by Christopher Peterson and Martin Seligman, world renowned researchers in the field of positive psychology,
In order to operationalize their Character Strengths and Virtues Handbook (CSV).  The CSV is the positive psychology counterpart to the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM) used in traditional psychology. Unlike the DSM, which scientifically categorizes human deficits and disorders, the CSV classifies positive human strengths. Moreover, the CSV is centered on helping people recognize and build upon their strengths. This aligned with the overall goal of the positive psychology movement, which aims to make people’s lives more fulfilling, rather than simply treating mental illness. Notably, the VIA-IS is the tool by which people can identify their own positive strengths and learn how to capitalize on them.
The Positive Forensic Talent DNA Matrix is a series of 10 questions that cover all the essential elements of the forensic process. You will become very familiar with each question and learn to analyze your life and talents through the lens of this matrix.
Daily observation of your talents in the many and varied aspects of life will yield a wealth of evidence we will use to help develop your Talent DNA Profile.
Each of these questions is used to help not only to identify Talent DNA but they can be used to verify the strength of a Talent. The more of these questions that can be answered when connected to a Talent, the more likely it is you possesses that Talent.
You will be asked to take a number of short profiles from a site at the University of Pennsylvania called Authentic Happiness. This site is a part of a radical change in Psychology that happened about 20 years ago when a new branch of Psychology was started by Dr Martin Seligman and Dr Donald Clifton. It is called Positive Psychology. The focus is Talent and Strengths and how they can be discovered as pathways to happiness.
Discovering Talent from a Positive Forensic perspective requires we look for evidence in the individual that produces the psychological state of FLOW or “being in the ZONE’. Others have described this state as, “E’tat de Grace” (state of grace) or your “sweet spot”.
Though this concept is often thought of in a sports context, it applies to every human experience where there is a high level of challenge that is meet by using a Talent. The illustration below shows a formula to best identify your Flow experience.
It is a simple formula but gives a clear description of how Flow is experienced.
High Challenge (HC) + Low Skill/Talent (LS/T) = Anxiety
Low Challenge (LC) + High Skill/Talent (HS/T) = Boredom
High Challenge (HC) + High Skill/Talent (HS/T) = Flow
The Five Fields of Evidence
The Positive Forensic process looks for evidence of Talent DNA is five distinct areas – Fields of Evidence. When creating your Talent DNA Profile we believe each area is vital in our analysis. We use the SPIES Model. (Spiritual/Character – Physical – Intellectual – Emotional – Social)
The focus is not simply the “Intellectual” or how well you can perform in school and the grades you get. We want to know your “Emotional DNA”. What makes you come alive, happy, brings you joy and how well you can handle a crisis. Emotional Intelligence is just as important as Intellectual Intelligence.
Think about a medical doctor. There are some doctors who are great surgeons because they have amazing tactile ability (Physical DNA) and cut with incredible precision. There are others who are brilliant diagnosticians because they are so “Socially Intelligent” their patients trust them and they are able to get vital information that results in healing. Their bedside manner is superlative. Then there are others who deal with immense pressure and crisis and that makes them able to save lives in the emergency room because of their “Emotional DNA”.
That is why we look for evidence of Talent DNA in all these areas and believe they are all vital in creating a Talent DNA Profile.
Dr. Christopher Peterson, Ph.D. – Professor of Psychology, University of Michigan (Ann Arbor) Author of the Positive Psychology Primer, Oxford University Press.
“It is said that the examined life is the one most worth living. But how are we to examine life? The DNA Code: THE FORENSICS OF PURPOSE, PASSION AND PERFORMANCE uses the metaphor of forensic science to provide a wealth of practical and provocative tips for examining ourselves and living better. I recommend it most highly.”