Assessing Personality Tutorial

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This tutorial is intended for students enrolled in my online Psyc 300 class at American River College and should be completed with Module D Lesson 2.

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Assessing Personality Tutorial

  1. 1. Assessing Personality Module D Lesson 2 Tutorial C r e a t e d b y : P r o f e s s o r H o k e r s o n A m e r i c a n R i v e r C o l l e g e L a s t U p d a t e d : F a l l 2 0 1 5
  2. 2. Using this Tutorial  Use the navigation buttons at the bottom of the screen.  Click on hyperlinks when prompted.  Have fun and learn!
  3. 3. Table of Contents (TOC)  Objectives  Module Objectives #26, 27, and 28  Action Items  Personality Tests  Projective Tests  Self-Report Inventories  Online Personality Tests  In Conclusion
  4. 4. Module D Objectives B y t h e e n d o f t h i s t u t o r i a l y o u w i l l b e a b l e t o … # 3 0 – D i s c u s s t h e s t r e n g t h s a n d w e a k n e s s e s o f t h e R o r s c h a c h i n k b l o t s a n d o t h e r p r o j e c t i v e t e s t s a s a v a l u a b l e m e a s u r e o f p e r s o n a l i t y . # 3 1 – D i f f e r e n t i a t e t h e M M P I , C P I , 1 6 P F , a n d M e y e r ’ s - B r i g g s s e l f - r e p o r t i n v e n t o r i e s . # 3 2 – D i s c u s s s t r e n g t h s a n d w e a k n e s s e s o f s e l f - r e p o r t i n v e n t o r i e s .
  5. 5. Action items ACTION ITEMS
  6. 6. Personality Assessments  Question: What are personality assessments?  Read: Assessing Personality, Chapter 11 (p. 472)  Tip! There are two main types of personality assessments, projective and self-report inventories. Each have their strengths and weaknesses!
  7. 7. Projective Tests  Hint: There are two types of projective tests – the Rorschach Inkblots and the Thematic Apperception Test.  Read: Click here to read more about how projective tests work, using the principles of psychoanalytic theory.  Read: Projective Tests, Chapter 11 (pages 472 – 474) Here is an example of a Roschach Inkblot What do you see?
  8. 8. Projective Tests (continued)  Hint: Projective tests are mostly used in clinical settings to measure psychopathology, such as depression and other mental illnesses.  Read: Here is a good explanation of the TAT, how it is used and scored.  Read: Click here to read a comprehensive analysis of projective tests.  Activity: Complete the Projective Test Worksheet Here is an example of a picture in the TAT What do you see?
  9. 9. Self-Report Inventories  Tip! These are also commonly known as objective personality tests and there are many different types used today!  Read: Self-Report Inventories, Chapter 11 (pages 474 – 477)  Summarize: Self-report inventories have many useful purposes. What are they used for?  Hint: These objective personality tests show greater reliability and validity than projective tests!
  10. 10. Myer’s-Briggs Type Inventory (MBTI)  Tip! The MBTI is used to assess personality types, rather than traits.  Read: Here is a good summary of this self-report inventory, with full descriptions of the four dimensions which produce the 16 different personality types.  Activity: There is an online version of the MBTI to complete, called the Jung-Typology Test (complete the free version online; you do not need to pay for the full results).  What type of personality type do you have? INTP ENTJ ISFP ESFJ
  11. 11. MMPI  Read: Here is a good summary of the Minnesota Multiphasic Personality Inventory (MMPI).  Tip! The MMPI has built in scales to measure for responder bias!
  12. 12. Other Objective Personality Tests  Read: Here is a good discussion about how the MMPI and other self- report inventories that are used to measure personality.  Tip! The 16 Personality Factor (16 PF) is used in a variety of settings, including counseling, marital counseling, and evaluating employees and executives.  Tip! The California Personality Inventory (CPI) is used to assess “normal” populations, rather than in in clinical settings. It has been shown to predict:  High school and college grades  Delinquency  Job performance
  13. 13. Online Personality Tests  Simulations: Below are several links to online personality tests. Complete at least two of these online assessments.  Test 1 – Online Personality Inventory  Test 2 – The Big Five  Test 3 – The Kersey Temperament Sorter  Activity: Participate in the Measuring Personality Discussion.  Hint: Keep in mind that these online tests are not the actual assessments that you are learning about, however they are representative enough. Have fun!
  14. 14. In Conclusion  There are different approaches to measuring personality.  Each has their own strength and weaknesses.  Some are more reliable than others!  “And, given the complex factors involved in human personality, it’s doubtful that any single theory ever will capture the essence of human personality in its entirety.” (Chapter 11, page 477)  This probably holds true for personality tests, too!
  15. 15. Module D Objectives Conclusion B y t h e e n d o f t h i s t u t o r i a l y o u s h o u l d n o w b e a b l e t o … # 3 0 – D i s c u s s t h e s t r e n g t h s a n d w e a k n e s s e s o f t h e R o r s c h a c h i n k b l o t s a s a v a l u a b l e m e a s u r e o f p e r s o n a l i t y . # 3 1 – D i f f e r e n t i a t e t h e M M P I , C P I , 1 6 P F , a n d M e y e r ’ s - B r i g g s s e l f - r e p o r t i n v e n t o r i e s # 3 2 – D i s c u s s s t r e n g t h s a n d w e a k n e s s e s o f s e l f - r e p o r t i n v e n t o r i e s

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