The Test Of Personality Assessments

1732 Words Nov 2nd, 2015 7 Pages
There are a number of personality assessments available for clinicians to implement with the same intended purpose- to obtain a deeper understanding of an individual’s personality. Whether the answers to the questions are self-reported by the individual taking the assessment, or recorded by the clinician, the answers themselves are not what is most important. Whether it is related to a specific diagnosis, or a previous experience, these tests are administered to gain insight into an individual’s thought processes and psyche, and may be used to help with the diagnosis of psychopathology. Many of these assessments achieve their insight by asking a series of questions in a questionnaire format, while others use a technique to encourage the individual to provide information in their own way. One of these assessments is the Rorschach test, which is intended to use the answer to the assessment as a basis for determining the thought process of an individual, and determining a psychiatric diagnosis. While the Rorschach test may be a useful tool for gathering information and insight into an individual’s thoughts, its use as a diagnostic tool is debatable. The usefulness of personality tests has been debated in the past. In particular, the Rorschach test has been questioned as to whether it is really a test, or rather a method of information gathering to learn more about an individual (Trull, p. 241). When considering a test, information is gathered and measured in some…
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