NOT TO MISS THE TARGET WITH THOMAS: the unique power of the four traits and three graphs of the Thomas system

30/ 05/ 2019

Victoria Sporysh

Trainer for Jansen Capital Management company

“Are you right-handed or left-handed?” I ask this question when I explain how the Thomas tool works. Most people are right-handed, and I ask them to put an autograph first with their right hand and then with their left hand. Of course, it is easier to sign with your main hand, but if you wish, you can write with your second hand, although it would require more effort. It is approximately the same way with our personality traits: some behavior is natural for us; other behavior requires help, and in this case, our left hand helps us.

The Thomas system is based on the William Moulton Marston theory. He said that all people classify into four basic types: domination, influence, constancy, and conformity. Each type has its own motivation and its own fears. For example, for the D-factor people, prone to domination, active and risky, the biggest tragedy is defeat. And the S-factor people, seeking stability, are afraid of change.

Thomas tool is not the only job profiling analysis system, but perhaps one of the most popular

The Thomas tool is not the only job profiling analysis system, but perhaps one of the most popular. Every year, about 1.5 million people pass this test worldwide. The reason for such demand is in its main advantages:

Thomas provides three graphs at once

The first one is a self-portrait – the most constant, which practically does not change during a person’s life. This is the core of personality; the inherent characteristics of a person that do not change under any circumstances. You can change your position, profession, move to another country or become an entrepreneur after having been a hired employee, but the points on the graph of your self-portrait will remain the same.

The second graph shows the behavior in the working environment. It often happens that you do not look like yourself in a particular team. An active and sociable person can seem calm and compliant if he is trying to adapt to a new team. Or vice versa – he can concentrate on the goal, willing not only to win the sympathy of colleagues but also to show himself as an excellent professional.

The picture is complete with the third graph, which demonstrates how a person behaves under stress. This graph allows us to see whether a person is prone to conflicts, whether he is ready for an open confrontation, or, on the contrary, he turns inward quickly, withdraws into himself from problems, or even is ready to leave the company.

Thomas allows you to determine whether a person is having trouble

Thomas allows you to determine if a person is having trouble. A person may be not satisfied with his work or may face some personal problems. More than once, it happened that in apparently prosperous cases – people with a good position, a pleasant team and a very motivating salary – Thomas pointed out problems and not by chance. A short conversation indicated that a person was dissatisfied and sometimes was looking for a new vacancy. “I don’t have enough space here, I can’t spread my wings,” said one woman with a tight, “problematic” graph.

You cannot cheat in the test by giving socially acceptable answers

This is because, on the screen, you see not questions but a number of adjectives that describe personal qualities. A person is to choose those adjectives, which are most or least like him. At the same time, the words are chosen not to provoke cheating: all qualities are positive; none of them is socially unacceptable.


Thomas allows you to get the fastest result

When we researched the market, it turned out that other tests that classify people by type used in personnel management take at least 15-20 minutes and contain 50-100 questions each.

Thomas takes only 8 minutes and consists of 24 questions. After that, you do not have to wait until the specialist calculates the answers: the system instantly generates a result – one of 40 thousand options, and several reports are attached to each graph.


However, I cannot stop wondering how amazingly accurate is the Thomas tool. The tool gives you a chance to see what neither a resume nor an interview shows. For example, recently a guy came to me with such a combination of factors that I assumed that he liked extreme sports, for example, snowboarding. And he replied, “Snowboarding is for pioneers. Ski mountaineering!”.

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