Personality Assessment Paper

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Personality is considered to be those characteristics of a person which account for consistent patterns of experience and action (Pervin, Cervone & John, 2005, p. 35). The assessment of a person’s personality to find these common traits can be established through testing. Society has yielded countless methods of testing including the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI), Rorschach Inkblots Test (RIT) and Self-Help books. However, the importance of establishing the validity, comprehensiveness, applicability and cultural utility of a method has an impact of the usability and outcome of the tool. 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 (Myers-Briggs, para 4). Comprehensiveness refers to having or exhibiting a wide mental grasp of the information being absorbed (Merriam-Webster, para 1). Applicability is seen as how a particular method can be used whether on a broad or narrow scale. Cultural utility applies to whom the method is for; all people or a specific race or ethnic group. People look to these test and mental health professionals to assist in discovering different areas of self which could lend a new understanding, of whom they are, ways to improve their current life and answers as to why they behave in a particular way. For as many people on this planet are personalities to match the individual and no one method can offer assistance to all people. For this reason theorist, researchers and authors have developed a wide array of methods to choose from in hopes of providing answers to all people. The Myers-Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI) was developed as an extension to the personality theories of Carl Jung. Katharine Briggs and her daughter Isabel Briggs Myers developed a questionnaire in hopes of bringing insight into a person’s personality.
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