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“Personal qualities not measured by tests.”

A Facebook friend shared this pic by Wisdom University. I also glanced at their website and Twitter feed. For the record, I have generally positive attitudes about meditation, wisdom traditions, and what might be considered “New Age” ways of looking at the world. 481421_459166950799422_941073339_n (1)

I also can’t quite put my finger on what about this image I find irksome. Maybe it’s because although I’m fine with saying that some things are poorly measured by tests, I also think that some particular items here we can get “pretty danged good” at measuring? For example, all the words here starting with the letter “E” (i.e. endurance, enthusiasm, empathy) are are observable, if not also captured via survey questions. Maybe it’s my definition of “test” that is the problem?

Each of these qualities listed are interesting, important topics for research. They can be explored, evaluated, and examined (or some other “E”). My sense is that attempting to measure (and to work enriched by our understandings) helps to illuminate the human condition.

And shutting ourselves off from these things feels… small minded? Comments and feedback are always welcome.

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3 comments on ““Personal qualities not measured by tests.”

  1. vinnycho
    March 17, 2013

    Thanks! that intro passage really does make a difference!

  2. vinnycho
    March 23, 2013

    It probably also matters that my sense of the word “test” is different than what most people start with…

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