The Attentional and Interpersonal Style inventory (TAIS) is a 144-item, self-report questionnaire that measures 20 different concentration skills as well as personal and interpersonal attributes. These specific concentration skills and personality characteristics can be thought of as the building blocks upon which more complex human behaviors depend.
Concentration skills and the ability to shift both the width and the direction (internal versus external) of thought are critical determinants of success or failure in virtually any performance-related situation. You cannot cross the street safely without paying attention to performance-related cues. You cannot speak with another individual effectively without paying attention to the communication-related cues. You cannot problem solve without shifting attention and focusing on task-related cues. You cannot get out of the starting blocks in the Olympics in time to win the race without paying attention to the right cues.
The ability to shift attention, to pay attention to the right cues, is affected by two things:
Scores on the TAIS attentional scales allow you to identify an individual’s concentration of strengths and relative weaknesses. Scores on the TAIS personal and interpersonal scales allow you to anticipate the types of performance-related situations that are likely to interfere with a person’s ability to control his/her level of emotional arousal. These two pieces of information, combined with an understanding of the concentration skills and the interpersonal characteristics required by any specific situation, will allow you to anticipate how a person will perform under pressure. They will also help you to determine the specific steps that will be most helpful in overcoming any identified area of concern.