History of Psychology Assessment

History of Psychology Assessment

  • Submitted By: Lauren
  • Date Submitted: 08/08/2008 5:45 AM
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Personality is both how you behave as well as the feelings and thoughts that influence how you behave. It is universally held and believed that ones personality is the result of inherited temperaments and learned experiences as well as characteristics of a particular environment at the moment. Personality has been studied for many years. It changes and fluctuates due to several internal and external factors. The actual cause of personality disorders are the subject of much debate and controversy. Projective tests were designed to uncover unconscious aspects of the psyche.

Rorschach Inkblot Test

Personality Disorder is defined as an "enduring pattern of inner experience and behavior that deviates markedly from the expectation of the individual's culture, is pervasive and inflexible, has an onset in adolescence or early adulthood, is stable over time, and leads to distress or impairment (Hannig, 2006)." The actual diagnosis of a personality disorders is complicated because the affected individual rarely seeks help. This would have to involve the person suffering from a disorder to be in serious trouble or until their families or in some cases the law pressures them to get treatment. The reason for this is many individuals with personality disorders don’t believe they have a disorder or haven’t come to terms with the disorder and others are the ones at fault. Diagnosis of a personality disorder depends in part on the individuals’ age. Although personality disorders originate during the childhood years, they are considered adult disorders. Some patients, in fact, are not diagnosed until late in life because their symptoms had been modified.
Personality tests attempt to measure your basic personality style and are most used in research or forensic settings to help with clinical diagnoses, two of the most well-known personality tests are the Minnesota Multiphasic Personality Inventory...

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