Analysis of 16 Personality Factor Questionnaire

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A Helping Personality: My 16 Personality Factor Questionnaire Results Kitty A. Clark Tarleton State University Abstract On September 25, 2013, I completed the 5th Edition of the 16 Personality Factor Questionnaire as a requirement for my first class, Foundations of Counseling and Psychology, in the Counseling Psychology Graduate department at Tarleton State University. Based on my experience before, during and immediately after completing the assessment, I developed my own personal general observations about the questionnaire. I observed a minimal amount of anxiety within myself just before taking the questionnaire, and I believe my anxiety was the result of wanting to choose “correct” responses. I also experienced a feeling of relief immediately after completing the questionnaire due to the number of items included in the assessment. In addition to my personal observations, I also identified areas for growth and areas of strength within my personality inclinations, and determined for myself my suitability for a career in the Counseling Profession. In the pages that follow, I discuss these results of my taking the 16 Personality Factor Questionnaire. As early as the 18th century, various pseudoscientific techniques, such as phrenology and physiognomy, have been used in an attempt to identify underlying personality inclinations in individuals. In the 1940’s, Raymond Cattell and his colleagues took an empirical approach and conducted research that lead to the development of a multiple choice questionnaire to assess 16 primary factors of human personality, and though the 16PF Questionnaire has been revised multiple times since its inception, the 5th edition has been widely accepted as the standard for personality assessment. In an attempt to better understand myself, I have completed the 5th edition of the 16PF Questionnaire and made general observations

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