Personality Assessment: the Psychodynamic Theory

Personality Assessment: the Psychodynamic Theory

  • Submitted By: puggman24
  • Date Submitted: 01/25/2009 7:48 PM
  • Category: Psychology
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The psychodynamic theory relates to methods of assessment such as personal interviews and projective test. The assessment involved here relates to unconscious thoughts, motives, feelings, conflicts, and repressed problems from early childhood. The Humanistic theory corresponds also to personal interviews and objective test rather than projective ones. The humanistic theory is based on the motivation for personal growth and higher levels of functioning. The trait theory deals solely with objective testing. This theory is developed from relatively permanent dispositions within the individual that cause the person to think, feel, and act in characteristic ways. The social learning theory is assessed by interviews, observations, and also objective testing. What determines this theory is past reinforcement and punishment as well as by observing what happens to other people.

The test at is an objective test. In this case the interviewee (myself) is performing a self report that models a personality inventory. It is obvious that this is an objective test because it requires the interviewee to know one’s self or in other words “be objective.”

In my opinion, I think this type of test is fairly accurate, but it carries several drawbacks. I consider myself to be very mentally self-conscious therefore having the capability to accurately assess myself in regards to personality inventories. Someone who may not have the same self-awareness has a greater chance of providing an inaccurate assessment. Certain psychological and behavioral traits can become drawbacks themselves when a person attempts to provide accurate answers in an objective questionnaire. For example, a person who is severely depressed, or who may not have been exposed to a diverse social atmosphere may not be able to accurately associate their personalities with the corresponding characteristic. Other factors such as education and class may also be...

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