Personality Development

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As personality assessment tools continue to grow in popularity both in the workforce and the general population [in particular online users and magazine readers], one must question the validity of these personality assessment tools in which people appear to putting their full-hearted faith into. Nevertheless, the comprehensiveness, applicability, and cultural utility are also worth analyzing in helping to assess the validity of these personality assessment tools. Therefore, the purpose of this paper is to examine the strengths and weaknesses of three types or mediums of assessment tools (Myers-Briggs, Rorschach, and those found in popular magazines) used to determine personality(-y,+ies). In addition, a compare and contrast assessment... View More »

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Rorschach Inkblot Test
The Rorschach technique, sometimes known as the Rorschach test or the inkblot test, is a projective personality assessment based on the test taker's reactions to a series of 10 inkblot pictures. The Rorschach technique is the most widely used projective psychological test (Wikipedia, 2009). Rorschach, who pioneered the test in 1921, did not provide a comprehensive scoring system (Wikipedia, 2009). In response to complaints about validity, scoring methods were devised that to provide greater objectivity by clearly specifying certain personality variables and relating them to clinical diagnoses. Originally published in the 1960s, the Exner Comprehensive Rorschach System used today (the 1987 updated version) is a computer-based scoring system that provides score summaries and lists likely personality and adjustment descriptions for each test taker (Wikipedia, 2009). Specifically, this scoring system considers aspects of a test taker's response such as the content of the response, the reasons for the events present on the card, the location of events on the card, and elaboration on cooperative and aggressive behavior. Exner also recorded certain popular and common responses to the cards and the degree to which test takers chose these responses (Wikipedia, 2009).
Many skeptics consider the Rorschach inkblot test pseudoscience, as several studies suggested that conclusions reached by test administrators were akin to cold reading (Wikipedia, 2009). Critics of the test have raised questions about the extraction of objective meaning from responses to ...

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