THE TRAIT INTENSITY
ACHIEVING SYSTEMATIC ACCURACY
If you asked whether the temperature is warm or cool in an air-conditioned room, different people may give you different answers. Such as if you ask a person who lived in Alaska all their life, the person may answer you it is warm. However, if you ask a person who lived in Hawaii all their life, the person may answer you it is cool. Each person is unique with a set of personal experiences that is truly unique to the particular person. Thus, we cannot decide for anyone how they should perceive the intensity of another person’s behaviour as well. What we can do is, to put a person’s behaviour into a scale and compare it.
PRETICS CREATING AN INTENSITY SCALE
This is the same concept as using a thermometer. The thermometer is an instrument that uses standard units of either Fahrenheit or Celsius to measure temperature accurately. In Pretics, this is accomplished by considering traits intensity as a comparative measurement (e.g., temperature), a scale of 1 to 10 as the unit of measurement (e.g., Celsius, Fahrenheit) and an extreme comparison in the scale to indicate a milestone in measurement (e.g., the boiling point at 100ºC is used to illustrate how hot it is).
It is important to have a calculable representation of the extreme of a trait. For example, to be considered as EXPRESSIVE, it means that the individual is relaxed when interacting with others, chatty, uses a lot of body moments, dresses more fashionably, and will be uneasy if goes without attention for a period of time. This extreme representation will act as a benchmark for the expressive trait at a scale of 10, and for any other person that Pretics gauge, the person will be compared to the extreme representation to obtain a score. Thus deriving a systematically accurate measurement for the traits.