Taking a Look at Personality Testing

1387 WordsJan 27, 20186 Pages
Personality testing allows psychologists to assess and describe an individual’s personality on a systematic and scientific level. Personality testing is used for the assessment of proposed theories, track personality changes, to evaluate the effectiveness of therapy, diagnose psychological issues and many more things. This essay will demonstrate how objective and projective approaches to personality testing have different results and outcomes, thereby reason why objective is the better form of personality testing. Given the different nature and formats of the two methods of personality testing, it is clear that wither side has strengths and weaknesses Principles of Personality Testing Loevinger (1955) has proposed five principles for personality assessment. The first is concerned with the structure of the test. This suggests a greater degree of test ‘structure’; do identify similarities and differences in test results and to allow the test administrator to draw conclusions for these results. The next principle is the ‘disguise’ principle, which allows for more valid testing. The principle of ‘least stress’ creates a valid result, as the participant is comfortable and relaxed with minimal stress under the test conditions. The fourth principle, the principle of the ‘dynamic continuum’ highlights how test results should be measured empirically such as common traits. The final proposition is the principle of ‘emotional limitation’ is that the emotions of the administrator are
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