Personality Reflection Paper

943 Words Aug 20th, 2012 4 Pages
Personality Reflection Paper
Debbie Cooper
July 30, 2012

Personality Reflection Paper
The following will reflect this researchers understanding and reflection on personality, how it defines one, what it means, and if one’s personality changes to fit certain situations. At the end this researcher may have a better insight into herself as well as the personalities of others. This insight can help her in her future endeavors.

I would define personality as what makes each individual different. Each human being’s personality is as unique as they are. While most people define personality to describe another’s more apparent characteristics, psychologists use personality to try to give reason to similar
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Three aspects that do tend to change as we age are anxiety levels, friendliness, and eagerness for novel experiences” (Cherry, n.d.). As I am doing research for this paper I find that the opinion on changing personality traits varies with different research studies. Some say that personality traits cannot change, others believe and state that some personality traits change, and still others suggest that a person’s personality traits do change. A person can change their personality and characteristics if they want to, therefore changing their lives. There are researchers who have found that personality traits not only change over time, but change more so in adults than in children.

Personality Tests
The only personality test that I have ever taken is for this class. The results surprised me, I found that most of the results fit me. However, I was confused about certain results and misinterpreted them. For first time personality test takers it is easy for the subject to become confused and misinterpret the results.
Reliability can only exist when a test is repeatable and has consistent scores. For a test to be valid the test must be reliable, however reliability will not guarantee the validity of the test. Validity is only there when a test measures what it is supposed to measure. Validity is a judgment made upon the basis of empirical indicators and experience.


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