Personality Tests

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At some point in your life you have probably taken some sort of personality test. There are a few different types of personality tests. The first is a structured personality test which is a paper and pencil test consisting of questions that respondents answer in fixed ways. Projective tests are tests that consist of ambiguous stimuli that respondents must interpret or make sense of on their own.

One common structured personality test is the MMPI, which is a widely used test that designed to assess symptoms of mental disorders. This test is used all over the world not just in Minnesota, where is was developed.

Another famous personality test that many people have probably taken is the Myers-Briggs test, this test is based off of the information and thoughts of Carl Jung. This test was invented in 1943 and has been improved many times from the development of research within the test. This test had four main areas, there are two possible options in each are giving a possibility of 16 different outcomes. The categories are:

Favorite world: Introversion(I) or Extroversion(E)
Information: Sensing(S) or Intuition(N)
Decisions: Thinking(T) or Feeling(F)
Structure: Judging(J) or Perceiving(P)

Below is the link that you can go to so you can take the Myers-Briggs to find out what personality type you are. I am an ISFJ, but there are 15 other different possibilities.

Myers-Briggs Test

This is a chart of all the personalities with a short description of each.
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Another popular test is the Rorschach inkblot test. This test a projective test that consists of 10 symmetrical inkblots. There are four common scores:

Pair response: Self-centeredness
Unusual detail response: Obsessive-compulsive tendencies
Space response: Rebelliousness, anger
Human movement response: Impulse control, inhibition


Becky Selser

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A word to the wise: Don't put too much stock in the Myers Briggs. Its construct and criterion-related validity is questionable to say the least...

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