BEH Wk6 CP2 - There are four types of assessments use to...

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There are four types of assessments use to determine an individual’s personality. There is the personal interview, observation, objective tests, and projective test. Along with these four types of assessments are four theories which correspond with each assessment. The theories are psychodynamic, humanistic, trait, and cognitive-social theories. Both the assessments and the theories help to give explanation of an individual’s personality. The first type of assessment is the personal interview. There are two main ways that the interview can be conducted: unstructured and structured. In an unstructured interview the interviewer asks random questions as things come up and follow up questions when appropriate (Morris & Maisto, 2005). In a structured interview the interviewee is asked specific questions relevant to the interviewer’s topic. A structured interview is less personal, but is more effective in obtaining information that would not be discussed if the interview was unstructured. Many different theories can be used when conducting a personal interview depending on the questions asked. If the interviewer asks the person to recall a past event, such as a childhood memory or a repressed feeling this could be considered the psychodynamic theory. If the
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