PXT Select Outlook

Robin addresses the PXT Select scale called Outlook. Learn how Outlook plays a part in our everyday interactions and how it impacts our productivity and job-fit.

Outlook Scale

In this video I am going to be talking about the scale called Outlook on the PXT Select Assessment.  As with all of these scales, there is no right or wrong, or good or bad.

What we are talking about in the scale called Outlook, is whether a person is more skeptical or more trusting.  As you can imagine, there are situations where both of those aspects bring tremendous value.

Skeptical Individuals

Let’s look at individuals who are more skeptical.

These are people who tend to be more realistic than optimistic.  They can be wary, generally suspicious and slow to trust others.  They can get irritated when they have to work with illogical people and they often have trouble tolerating incompetence.

They are cautious and they seek evidence.  So, if you have someone who is constantly asking you questions to validate or verify information, that could absolutely be their intention.  It’s not to irritate you or it’s not that they don’t trust you.  It’s their preference to really get that confirmation and data.

Trusting Individuals

Let’s look at individuals who fall on the opposite end of the spectrum for Outlook.  These are trusting individuals who are optimistic and they probably believe that if someone works hard they are always going to get want they want and deserve.

They are more likely to be called too gullible than they are too critical.  In general, they believe that most people are honest and good.  They are just very accepting of others.

Pros and Cons of Both

If you are an individual who falls toward that optimistic trusting approach, people may gravitate to you because you are so positive and generally uplifting in situations.  But recognize the need to be realistic and to be vigilant in certain situations, so that you aren’t taken advantage of and so others can see that your thought process can get grounded.

Or if you are the individual who falls on the side of skepticism, recognize how that can be perceived, as well.  Sometimes those with very optimistic outlooks will look at all those questions and verifications as negative.  It’s not negative, but it can be perceived as that.  So make sure that you’re aware of in certain circumstances where you need to find that balance, as well.

Both the skeptical and the trusting approach both have value.  The key is making sure to tap into those strengths that you have when you need them and also to recognize the other approach can have value, as well, so that you can find common ground and be aligned when needed.


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