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Note:  These statistics are from Version 2.0.

This is a measure of external reliability and refers to the stability of an instrument over time. To assess this, a test group of 142 people completed the Thinking Styles questionnaire on two separate occasions, these being a minimum of three months apart and a maximum of six months apart. The results were correlated. Within a stable test each person would be expect to respond in the same way on both occasions, and the correlations between their scores would be high.

Overall, the People Focus dimensions were more stable over time. This suggests that our approach to how we interact with others is more consistent over time than the way we approach tasks at work. The way we approach tasks and problems at work may vary depending on the specific types of thinking which we might consider appropriate to deal with the task at that time.

Test Re-test Reliability Statistics for Thinking Styles:
Sample size: 142 general population, male and female ages 18 - 65

Visual 0.71
Auditory 0.69
Kinaesthetic 0.63
Digital 0.74

Internal 0.72
External 0.72
Self 0.68
Others 0.59
Match 0.62
Mismatch 0.72
Collaborative 0.71
Competitive 0.69

Detail Conscious 0.62
Big Chunk 0.66
Left Brain 0.69
Right Brain 0.73
Procedural 0.65
Options 0.54
Move Away From 0.57
Move Towards 0.57
Reactive 0.58
Proactive 0.65
Sameness 0.73
Difference 0.60
Simplicity 0.57
Complexity 0.71

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Internal Reliability