Personality Assessment Instrument Paper
April 21, 2012
Dr. Lucy Underwood
Personality Assessment Instrument Paper
Personality Assessment Instrument is a questionnaire that is used to describe a person personality trait. In this paper I will compare and contrast validity, comprehensiveness, applicability, and cultural utility as well as examine the strength and weakness of the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator, Rorschach Inkblot Test, and the Self-Help Book on Anger and Depression.
Myers-Briggs Type Indicator The Myer-Briggs is one of the most widely used instruments for personality testing and counseling. The instrument was designed to implement Jung’s theory. The MBTI does not measure people, but sorts them into groups. The test consists of four separate parts: extroversion-introversion, sensing-intuition, thinking-feeling, and judgment-perception. E or I is the best known Jung dichotomy. S or N reflects two different modes of perceiving. T or F reflects to two ways of judging. J or P measures the preferences (Briggs, Briggs, 1943-83). With there being four different preferences, there is a combination of sixteen different personality types. Of the sixteen personality types, each one is distinguished from the other. There are several different forms for the MBTI. Form G, which consist of 126- items, is now the standard form. Form F, which consists of 166-items, was rewritten to simplify language and to avoid ambiguity. Form H, is the abbreviated, self-scored version, is also available. Form H is not recommended because of the decreased reliability and the trouble obtaining the preferences and continuous scores (Briggs, Briggs, 1943-83).
Validity Myers-Briggs Type Indicator is used to determine personality. The validity of a test should measure what needs to be measured. Measuring validity is hard to do. Many people are concerned that the MBTI does not measure common sense, instead it measure what we have learned. Many
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