The competency dichotomies represent two different ways of expressing social and emotional competence. Because one’s social and emotional skills grow and change throughout one’s life, the dichotomies are not meant to capture absolute traits. They are a neutral measure of where an individual is at the time of completing the Social and Emotional Tendency Inventory. Unlike a personality test, the SETI results are not fixed; they represent tendencies that can and should change as one develops their SEL skills.
Each C.A.R.E.S competency has a unique dichotomy representing how one tends to demonstrate that area of social and emotional growth.