Personality

Introduction to Measuring Personality

What you’ll learn to do: explain the use and purpose of common personality tests

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Personality tests are techniques designed to measure one’s personality. They are used to diagnose psychological problems as well as to screen candidates for college and employment. There are two types of personality tests: self-report inventories and projective tests. The MMPI is one of the most common self-report inventories. It asks a series of true/false questions that are designed to provide a clinical profile of an individual. Projective tests use ambiguous images or other ambiguous stimuli to assess an individual’s unconscious fears, desires, and challenges. The Rorschach Inkblot Test, the TAT, the RISB, and the C-TCB are all forms of projective tests.

Learning Objectives

  • Describe different types of personality tests, including the Minnesota Multiphasic Personality Inventory and common projective tests

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