PSYC37H3 Lecture : Chapter 9 (A).docx

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When a practitioner wants to assess personality within the normal spectrum, test designed expressly for that purpose typically provide a more helpful perspective than instruments developed from the standpoint of psychopathology. This chapter investigates an assortment of instruments suitable for assessment within the normal continuum and beyond. A broad band test is one that measures the full range of functioning, opposed to limited aspects. The mbti is a forced-choice, self report inventory that attempts to classify persons according to an adaptation of carl jung"s theory of personality types. The mbti is the most widely used individual test in history. The mbti is scored on four theoretically independent polarities; extraversion-introversion, sensing-intuition, thinking-feeling and judging-perceiving. The test taker is categorized on one side or the other of each polarity, which results in a four-letter code such as entj. One concern about the mbti is that the increasing cost of administrating the instrument.

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