Personality Assessment and Theories

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Running head: PERSONALITY ASSESSMENT AND THEORIES 1 Personality Assessment and Theories Paige Michaud-McClorey BEH 225 February 25,2011 Tamara Reeves
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PERSONALITY ASSESSMENT AND THEORIES 2 Personality Assessment and Theories There are four main theories of personality. Psychodynamic, Humanistic, Trait and Social Learning are these traits. Psychodynamic personality can be determined by personal interviews and projective tests. This theory of personality revolves around unconscious thoughts, feelings, motives, and conflicts. It also brings up problems that are repressed from early childhood. Humanistic theory also uses personal interviews to assess it along with objective tests. This personality theory works with the drive toward personal growth and higher levels of functioning. The trait theory of personality is the only one that uses one method of assessing, this method is solely objective tests. The roots of this personality theory are relatively permanent dispositions within the individual that causes the person to think, feel, and act in characteristic ways. Last, but
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