Personality Assessment Of Personality Assessments Essays

763 Words Sep 18th, 2016 4 Pages
Ever since I could remember, I have always been skeptical about personality assessments because I simply assumed they all have high levels of generalizability. However, this class has helped open my eyes to the different forms of personality tests and their benefits. I never took the time to think about the different forms of determining qualities of an individual’s personality. Whether it is a projective test (e.g., the Rorschach Inkblot test) or objective test (Minnesota Multiphasic Personality Inventory), psychologists have utilized multiple forms and variations of personality assessment to aid individuals, and psychologists, in better understanding that individual. It is important to note that the personality assessments outlined throughout this class are distinct from vague, pseudoscientific assessments, such as Zodiac signs, which can be generalized to fit any individual (i.e., the Barnum effect). The first personality test that I took was a NEO inventory, which focuses on the Five Factor Model (openness, conscientiousness, extraversion, agreeableness, and neuroticism) that outlines the five dimensions of personality through the use of factor analysis, which is a technique that helps find different forms of variability between each variable. For this example of S Data (i.e., self-reported data), all the questions followed a Lickert Scale format, which helps determine a participant’s preferences or degree of agreement of a statement to investigate the participant’s…

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