Personality Assessment and Theories

There are four ways that psychologists assess personality. The first one is the personal interview. The purpose of this interview is to gain information from the interviewee. In an unstructured interview, the questions are spontaneous and arise during the course of conversation, with some questions followed by additional questions on the topic. With a structured interview, the questions are predetermined and in specific order. Personal interviews are used in determining psychodynamic, humanistic, and social learning theories of personality (Maisto & Morris, 2005).
The second way personality is assessed is direct observation. This is known to be time-consuming and expensive to achieve results that could be misinterpreted. People tend to act differently than normal if they know they are being watched. This has the tendency of altering the observer’s interpretation of the observation. This assessment is used in determining social learning personality traits (Maisto & Morris, 2005).
The third way of assessing personality is objective tests. These are generally used for evaluating personalities but it depends on how honest the person is or how objective they are. Objective testing is used in determining humanistic, trait, and social learning theories of personality (Maisto & Morris, 2005).
The test I took at is an objective test. I took this test several times with close to the same results each time and also had my brother and husband take this test. After acquiring our results we googled them and read the portrait of each trait. The results were very accurate and matched my brother to a “T.” It classified me as an “ESTJ.” “Administrator”- Much in touch with the external environment. Very responsible. Pillar of strength. 8.7 percent of total population. My perceiving and Judging were both 50 percent. I am 80.65 percent extroverted, 66.67 percent sensing, and 52. 27 percent thinking. Objective testing can be fairly accurate...