Personality Assessment and Theories

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Running head: PERSONALITY ASSESSMENT AND THEORIES 1 Personality Assessment and Theories BEH/225 January 14, 2011
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PERSONALITY ASSESSMENT AND THEORIES 2 Personality Assessment and Theories Psychologists test personality the same way they test intelligence. Four theories of personality theories are in use today. The personality and intelligence tests are both excellent tests; one is reliable, and the other is valid (Personality Ch. 11, 2011, Week Six Reading). The four theories are Psychodynamic, Humanistic, Trait, and Social Learning. All four represent most all of the assessment tests in use. 1. Psychodynamic theory is a psychological approach to personality assessment. The basis of the psychodynamic theory is measurement of the “unconscious thoughts, feelings, and motives. This theory also measures conflicts and represses problems from early childhood” (Personality Ch. 11, 2011, Week Six Reading). The psychodynamic theory assesses through use of the “projective tests and
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