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Personality Test

Personality testing refers to techniques that are used to accurately and consistently measure personality.
Personality is something that we informally assess and describe every day. When we talk about ourselves and others, we frequently refer to different characteristics of an individual's personality. Psychologists do much the same thing when they assess personality but on a much more systematic and scientific level.

How Are Personality Tests Used?

  • For assessing theories
  • To look at changes in personality
  • To evaluate the effectiveness of therapy
  • Diagnosing psychological problems
  • Screening job candidates

Personality tests are also sometimes used in forensic settings to conduct risk assessments, establish competence and in child custody disputes.

Types of Personality Assessment

There are two basic types of personality tests: self-report inventories and projective tests.

  • Self-report inventories involve having test-takers read questions and then rate how well the question or statement applies to them. One of the most common self-report inventories is the Minnesota Multiphasic Personality Inventory or MMPI.
  • Projective tests involve presenting the test-taker with a vague scene, object, or scenario and then asking them to give their interpretation of the test item. One well-known example of a projective test is the Rorschach Inkblot Test.