Personality Assessment Instrument Paper

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Personality Assessment Instrument Paper Irene Gross December 10, 2012 Psychology 504 The personality assessment instruments that I decided to do my paper on are Meyers-Briggs, Rorschach, and Self-help books. I think that these three instruments will be interesting to learn about. I will compare and contrast the strengths and weaknesses of each one. Some of the topics that I will be talking about in the paper are as follows: validity, comprehensiveness, applicability, and cultural utility. Validity The first instrument that I will discuss is the Meyer’s-Briggs test. The first thing that I will be discussing is the validity of this test.” Validity is the degree to which an instrument measures what it intends to measure, and the degree to which the “thing” that the instrument measures has meaning.” (Lawrence, Martin, 2001). The validity for this test has had mixed reviews. Many people say that this test has had good validity; however I have read some articles where it says that the test is not very valid. After doing some research on the Meyers-Briggs test I would say that the test does hold much validity. The reason for this is because the test has been tested several times with numerous studies. The test focuses on three particular categories of validity and they are as follows: “(1) the validity of the four separate preference scales; (2) the validity of the four preference pairs as dichotomies; and (3) the validity of whole types or particular combinations of preferences.” (Lawrence, Martin, 2001). These three categories prove that the Meyers-Briggs test holds a good amount of validity. Comprehensiveness The next thing that I will discuss is the comprehensiveness of the Meyers-Briggs test. The comprehensiveness of the Meyers-Briggs test is limited because the questionnaire is designed for the participant to pick one answer. This assumes that he or she
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