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Personality Evaluations Archive

How to Identify Problem Personalities Before it is Too Late

Monday, November 16th, 2015
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No matter how high performing an employee, if she’s repeatedly disruptive and problematic to others in the organization, it’s best to fire her. The disruption and demoralization of the staff overshadows revenue generated by the troublemaker.

The same approach applies to your personal life; when possible, get rid of problem personalities before they cause you serious trouble.

It’s possible to identify red flag personality issues before hiring, and the price is a pittance compared to the cost of a problematic employee.

Below I list five tips to identify problem personalities.

  1. In checking employment references, realize that past employers (or acquaintances, if it’s not an employment situation) aren’t going to be candid with you. They will be hesitant to talk about problems with their former employee due to the threat of legal action. But try this: while speaking to the former supervisor on the phone, ask, “Would you hire her again?” and listen for any hesitancy.
  2. Evaluate the subject’s skills related to the job through multiple assessment methods such as personality profiling tests, psychologist interviews, and interviews with multiple members of your staff. If it’s a personal association, pay close attention to how she handles life’s everyday stressful occurrences.
  3. Place the subject in simulated high-pressure situations as part of your pre-employment screening process to get the real personality to emerge. If he is a personal interest, one of the best ways to ferret out any red flags is long-distance travel with him (once you’re sure he’s not dangerous).
  4. Conventional security investigation companies like First Advantage charge $2000 and up to look into any possible red flag background matters, including getting feedback from people who are acquainted with the subject. Keep in mind though that $2000 is the very low end of the price scale and that $7500 and much more is regularly quoted to thoroughly investigate a subject. It often takes a lot of billable hours to find actual red flags. Also keep in mind that some villains are very good at evading detection, so no matter how much the investigators dig they may not find anything.
  5. Consider unconventional security investigations as a reliable, fast, and cost-effective addition to your usual course of action.

Your desires, fears, and defenses influence your gut feelings, so it’s best to avoid relying entirely on your instincts.

Your first impression may be that he is a good match for the job when he isn’t, or that your kids are safe around her, when they aren’t, or that that prospective business partner is ideal when he isn’t.

Unfortunately, gut instinct doesn’t consistently detect a person’s true motivations, especially when stress or emotions cloud your perspective.

Take the time and resources to bring to light any hidden personality red flags of new people in your life before they rob you of more time and money than you thought imaginable.

Copyright © 2015 Scott Petullo

The Ultimate Career Personality Test

Monday, January 19th, 2015
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The ultimate career personality test, one that will quickly and efficiently reveal to business owners the best candidate for the job, or to individuals the optimum career path, is greatly sought after.

The problem is it doesn’t exist, at least one that can be successfully used by amateur personality analysts.

You’ve been there before, undoubtedly: the personality self-test or on-line quiz seemed valid at first, but later you realize it’s worthless. Or, through a brief interview you believe you’ve found a match, yet later you wonder how you could have possibly missed the now obvious red flags.

How does this happen? It’s because genuine, consistently accurate personality analysis is much more complex than using mere gut instinct or relying exclusively on personality analysis self-tests, which are subjective and can be gamed.

The ultimate career personality test involves employing established, objective systems of analysis to identify specific personality strengths and challenges.

After testing numerous methods and forming my own proprietary systems over the last 20+ years, I believe I offer the ultimate career personality test.

I strongly recommend the use of a range of evaluations, including handwriting analysis, in conjunction with other psychological testing methods to determine authentic personality and, or if a person’s abilities match the demands of the job.

The Life Purpose Package, and The Career Compatibility and Assistance Guide (listed on my services page—both involve handwriting analysis) offer dynamic, consistently accurate results.

Although you must consult with me to yield the benefits of my ultimate career personality test, the time and money you save, and peace of mind you gain, is invaluable.

Copyright © 2015 Scott Petullo

How to Identify a Jerk Before it is Too Late

Monday, May 19th, 2014
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Imagine how much time and money you could save by identifying jerks before it’s too late.

As you likely know by experience, select individuals have a greater, more active “inner-jerk” than most other people. Some people are world-class jerks. Jerks commonly possess one or more of several, identifiable, problematic traits.

“Of the billionaires I have known, money just brings out the basic traits in them. If they were jerks before they had money, they are simply jerks with a billion dollars.” Warren Buffett

I’ve found those words of wisdom to be true: people don’t ever change much. Either a person is reasonable most of the time, or they aren’t, and no amount of politically correct consciousness training by sanctimonious gurus permanently changes that.

The majority of people (at least those I encounter) are considerate, but almost everyone has the potential to be a jerk sometimes.

You could waste months or longer on someone before you discover innate maliciousness. One way to reduce the risk in your personal and professional life is to identify jerks through my unconventional security investigations before it’s too late.

Copyright © 2014 Scott Petullo

The Worst Type of Motivation an Employee Can Possess

Monday, February 17th, 2014
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The worst type of motivation an employee can have is extremely dangerous to a business owner.

It’s not excessive desire for money, altruism, social involvement, or any of the other typical motivations that drive a person’s behavior.

The most hazardous motivation an employee can have is a toxic combination of intentional deceit, lack of integrity, and resentment.

These types of employees are disgruntled and believe the company (or government agency) has shafted them; they erroneously believe they are underpaid and should be promoted. The truth is that they are already paid what they are worth. If they weren’t, they could quit and get a higher-paying job.

They become dangerous because they have access to inside information and use that information to profit to the detriment of the business (or country). They don’t care if selling industrial (or intelligence) secrets will damage the organization.

Certainly, these types of people are a threat to everyone; they can wreck havoc on your professional life, as well as your personal life because they lack loyalty and aren’t honest.

Either you thoroughly identify hidden motivations, or risk the consequences.

Copyright © 2014 Scott Petullo

Three Stages of Utilizing Personality Types

Monday, December 9th, 2013
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There exist three distinct stages of using personality type systems.

Popular personality type systems include Myers-Briggs, Enneagram (or Ennegram), and others; these are self-test driven and subjectively determined.

The first stage of applying personality types is discovering a system and finding your type, such as Achiever—Loyalist—Enthusiast, or Extraverted-Thinking. You marvel at the progress of your self-discovery and are excited about the prospect of being able to determine how other people function too.

The second stage of utilizing personality types is confusion about why various people classify the same person several different ways. You’re sure the job applicant is an Investigator-Peacemaker, Extraverted-Feeling, but your co-worker swears she’s an Individualist-Challenger, Introverted-Thinking.

The third stage of using personality types is realizing that although they may be part of an entertaining group exercise in the workplace and useful to help determine social inclination, you can’t rely on personality type systems to assess personality accurately any more than you can rely on politicians to spend your money wisely.

The truth about your personality type is that you don’t have a personality type. Your unique character is comprised of numerous personality traits, negative and positive.

You have three main choices to accurately assess character and determine genuine personality red-flag concerns: utilize a good psychologist, hire a security investigations firm to dig up information about the person’s true temperament, or hire an unconventional security investigations expert.

Copyright © 2013 Scott Petullo

The Ultimate Compatibility Test

Monday, November 18th, 2013
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The ultimate compatibility test, one that will quickly reveal how compatible you are with another person on a personal or professional level, is greatly sought after.

The problem is that it doesn’t exist, at least in a form usable by anyone, without having to learn any forms of personality analysis.

True compatibility is much deeper than sharing a lot of the same interests and ideals. You’ve been there before, undoubtedly: you seem to have similar personalities, interests, and values; both lack significant personality red flags, yet you still bring out the worst in each other.

How can this be, you ask? It’s because genuine compatibility goes much deeper than your biases, background, values, whether or not you like sports, culinary tastes, politics, religion, how much you’re willing to work at it to make it harmonious, or what you like to do for fun.

The ultimate compatibility test has everything to do with invisible forces beyond conventional thinking, and it has little to do with subjective self-tests and on-line quizzes. The more limited the self-knowledge (typically, very limited), the greater the results of self-tests and quizzes are skewed, and that’s not even including the honesty factor; people notoriously answer how they think they should answer or in a way that indicates they’re seeking some sort of “I’m a good person” award.

Authentic compatibility isn’t a choice. The compatibility between every pair of individuals is as exclusive as your fingerprints, it’s unchangeable, and it’s measureable.

I employ the ultimate compatibility test in my systems of analysis. I realize the skepticism you may have about such a statement, but I believe it is true after testing countless methods and developing my own methodologies over the last 20+ years.

Additionally, it would take years to instruct someone (especially a person who favors modern astrology techniques) how to fully utilize my proprietary systems of analysis, which are compartmentalized and coded for security. They are as useful to the uninitiated as a jungle map in an ancient tribal language, while stuck in the middle of the Amazon without any survival skills.

I measure compatibility, along with personality and timing. In my view, there exist several requirements to discover true compatibility. Although you must consult with me to yield the benefits of my ultimate compatibility test, the time and money you save, and peace of mind you gain, is invaluable.

Copyright © 2013 Scott Petullo

Business Owners: How to Detect Dishonesty

Wednesday, October 2nd, 2013
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Most business owners contemplate how to detect dishonesty, and they ought to.

The average business loses about 5% of its annual revenue to employee fraud, and according to the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, approximately one third of business bankruptcies are attributed at least partly to employee theft.

Getting ripped off by someone you thought was a trusted employee is a hard lesson to learn.

The problem is how to detect dishonesty. As a seasoned business owner, you thought you could trust your (and your managers’) instincts, and rely on the basic background check during the hiring process.

Life would be easier if everyone had lie detectors, or fool-proof fraud detectors; you would never have to worry about detecting dishonesty.

Several types of dishonesty exist, ranging from harmless white lies to intentional deceit and fraud.

The good news is that you don’t have to worry any longer about how to detect dishonesty in your business because revealing dishonesty and lack of integrity is viable through traditional and unconventional security investigations.

Copyright © 2013 Scott Petullo

How to Know if You’re Truly Compatible

Tuesday, September 24th, 2013
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You’ve undoubtedly wondered, “How to know if you’re truly compatible?” All types of relationships, business and personal, include unique levels of compatibility.

Let me tell you a story. Lauren is a successful entrepreneur and business owner. She’s had the usual problems with difficult employee relationships, as well as business partners possessing major personality red flags that became evident after it was too late.

How to know if you’re truly compatible, and if the person has personality issues before it’s too late? You could ask the person, but that will probably yield nothing. Also, your estimation of their character is likely to be subjective and inaccurate.

Lauren’s friends who are business owners have the same problems. “How to know if you’re truly compatible, how to know if they’re a good match for business,” they’ve asked each other. They ask the same thing about personal relationships. Some of her friends have tried personality typing systems, but it turned out to be an exercise in futility, as did astrology and numerology report-generating software.

These professionals also know it’s just not always feasible to hire a psychologist or a traditional security investigations firm to check out the person in question.

Finding out if you’re truly compatible and identifying red flags before it’s too late seems impossible.

Internet searches won’t easily yield answers. Getting to the top of the first page on Google and actually providing valuable information or a valuable service don’t always go hand in hand.

Who do you turn to?

You need someone who has dedicated his life toward unveiling authentic compatibility and personality red flags, someone who offers unparalleled, priceless insight.

Lauren used to wonder how to discern true compatibility and spot personality red flags, but she doesn’t any longer because now she knows how.

Lauren’s secret is an alternative form of security investigations. She also employs very talented psychics.

John, her friend from childhood who owns an insurance business, said “Astrology? You mean like, what’s your sign, horoscopes? And handwriting analysis? (laughing) Are you kidding, Lauren!?” (The day before, without a second thought, John donned his lucky brown handkerchief in hopes of overcoming a losing streak and avoiding the wrath of his bookie.)

The relentless skeptics, including science elitists, the I-reject-it-because-I’m-terrified-of-anything-I-can’t-prove-by-touching-it crowd, and the I-don’t-believe-it-unless-everyone-else-does-too-because-I-can’t-think-for-myself group would ridicule her for employing, “people who think they have special powers.” It seems bias and ignorance will always exist.

“It works. It has saved me a lot of time and money, though it would be bad for business if people found out I go this route, so I keep it quiet,” Lauren says.

You don’t have to wonder any longer if you’re truly compatible, or if that person has hidden red flag personality issues.

Copyright © 2013 Scott Petullo

Foolproof Way to Evaluate Analytical Skills

Monday, September 9th, 2013
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It doesn’t have to be an insurmountable undertaking; there exists a foolproof way to evaluate analytical skills.

According to, “Analytical skill is the ability to visualize, articulate, and solve both complex and uncomplicated problems and concepts and make decisions that are sensible based on available information. Such skills include demonstration of the ability to apply logical thinking to gathering and analyzing information, designing and testing solutions to problems, and formulating plans.”

Analytical skills are vital to jobs requiring problem solving, including counselors, engineers, executives, attorneys, project managers, and many others. Business owners treasure employees with highly developed problem solving skills.

The foolproof way to evaluate analytical skills is handwriting analysis. It allows you to separate those who have difficulty understanding the subtleties of life from those who are able to consider all sides of the issue, extract essential information, and solve complex problems.

While analytical skills can be learned to an extent, it’s undeniable some people naturally possess greater analytical ability than others.

Interviews or self-analysis, unfortunately, aren’t foolproof ways to evaluate analytical skills. Personas can be very deceptive. A face-to-face meeting won’t allow you to know the extent of a person’s analytical ability.

Identifying authentic personality traits, the ones that shine through while under pressure, is possible through handwriting analysis. It offers a foolproof method of evaluating analytical skills.

Copyright © 2013 Scott Petullo

Personality Analysis Reality: People Don’t Really Ever Change Much

Monday, February 11th, 2013
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When is the last time someone you know well changed so much that you didn’t readily recognize his or her unique character? Never. It simply doesn’t happen. A tiger doesn’t change its stripes, as the saying goes.

False optimism about “completely reinventing” oneself abounds in the self-help marketplace today. As is so often the case, inspirational themes clash with reality. I’m all for inspiration–inspiration rooted in realism.

Discipline and perseverance can lead to small, incremental change, such as finally kicking unhealthy habits, but your overall character remains the same.

It’s been said that humans are impulsive and capricious. While I agree with that to a point, within a larger context people are largely predictable. The framework of predestination, constantly outlined through comprehensive astrology and numerology, along with immutable personality qualities discerned through handwriting analysis, time and time again support my contention.

Have you ever tried to change an introvert into a cold-calling sales dynamo, or a Neanderthal basic male into a brilliant literary icon? How about transforming someone who thrives on partnerships and can’t be alone into a solo-entrepreneur or an eremite? Anything is possible, right? Wrong. Your true nature is what it is and doesn’t change very much.

You are who you are—be grateful and make the most of it. Also, never try to change another person; accept them as they are and don’t hold them accountable. Expecting another to change only leads to disappointment.

“It’s easier to move a mountain than change a person’s character.”
Chinese proverb

“When two people decide to get a divorce, it isn’t a sign that they don’t understand one another, but a sign that they have, at last, begun to.”
Helen Rowland

Copyright © 2013 Scott Petullo