Use of E-mail
Usage traits are determined by the types of e-mails that an individual sends. These traits are Conversation, Recreation, Avoidance and Protection, but I may need to find new names due to the unfortunate acronym.
Conversational users are those who use e-mail in the same way as talking to someone. They send long chatty e-mails, each containing smiling, frowning or winking emoticons, plus send immediate replies to replies, treating e-mail as an instant message system.
Recreational users forward jokes and Web pages created by people with a sense of humour. It is this group that sends those earnest 4P e-mails (Positive / Powerful / Poignant / Prayers), keeping alive the chain letter tradition, even though to everyone else these e-mails resolve to a single P: Pointless.
Avoidance individuals use e-mail as a barricade to fend off the world. They exploit the passive aggressive nature of one-way communication by demanding actions and answers while avoiding taking action or giving answers, other than forwarding e-mails for others to answer and action.
Protectionists treat e-mail as a source of evidence to cover themselves in case something goes wrong. These users can be identified by their passive writing style (it was revealed to me that . . . ) and by sending confirmation e-mails after every conversation.
Clearly, no single trait fully describes an individual, as everyone's type is a different proportion of all the above groups. This statement is always added to personality tests as a disclaimer of why none of them exactly fits anyone, relieving its proponents of having to justify the inherent inaccuracies.
The Personality Type E(mail) Index is displayed as three pairs in Upper and lower case combinations using the form Rx/Hx/Ux, as this looks the most scientific.
The combination of Response SPAN, Handling PATH and Usage CRAP yields an impressive 64 possible traits, far outstripping Myers-Briggs with only 16 preferences or the paltry Five Factor Model. The benefit of my system is you are likely to be the only person with your combination in the office, so can feel unique and therefore special. As is everyone.
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