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History and method

The Objective Personality System, also known as OPS or simply OP, is a typology system devised by Dave and Shannon Powers and presented via their Youtube Channel (formerly DaveSuperPowers) as well as their website. The system is based on a typing method in which independent operators attempt to categorize individuals in a series of binary (this or that) selections called coins. The independent operators must match on all coin selections to achieve a successful typing.

Dave relaunched his YouTube channel in 2018 to begin sharing his findings with the typology community online with the following video. In it, he outlines how he and his typing partner Shannon began to use the MBTI in their online business and eventually started tracking the patterns for themselves and comparing notes to the point where they were able to consistently type individuals on each of the 10 coins with upwards of 90% consistency.

The Checklist

Instead of determining types by having individuals take a test and making their own selection about where they fall on a given spectrum, OP leverages the outside perspective of the operators to provide a more objective view of the person across the spectrum of 512 types. Instead of relying on what one person considers their behavior to look like on a given spectrum, they are relying on two people who are forced to agree independently on a single answer. In this way the operators are forced to simultaneously expand and deepen their understanding of these spectrums in order to properly place individuals consistently.

OP relies on a checklist of coins and crosschecks to dwindle down the list of 512 options to a single type. Each item on the checklist is a binary coin in which they choose one option or the other. Each coin represents a particular side of the spectrum the type is favoring.

Operators look for patterns of behavior, speech, and energy spikes (discussed below in Saviors vs Demons) to determine if someone is preferring one end of a spectrum compared to another. This is how they are able to successfully track individuals based on their preference towards processing different types of information. OP has ten coins listed below, but one of the coins will always overlap with two of the others so it does not factor into the total amount of types.

  • Single Decider vs Single Observer
  • Introverted Decider vs Extroverted Decider
  • Introverted Observer vs Extroverted Observer
  • Sensing vs Intuition
  • Thinking vs Feeling
  • Consume vs Blast
  • Play vs Sleep
  • Information Dominant vs Energy Dominant
  • Masculine Sensory vs Feminine Sensory
  • Masculine De vs Feminine De
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