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9/15/2010 Things to Know History and purpose of personality testing Fixing and flexible measures Nomothetic vs. Idiographic Objective tests Test construction o Number of items o Types of __________ Personality Testing Personal data sheet (woodworth) o Psychneurotic inventory WW1 o Detecting soldiers likely to break down under wartime stress o Overall adjustment “do you daydream frequently” o Flawed but usefull Useful o Saved money Flawed o Some people may score low but not effected by stress (outliers) Clinical contexts o Diagnosis Organizational contexts o Military recruiting and placement o Law enforcement hiring o Business and industry Fixed and Flexible Measures Fixed o Exact same item are administered to every person o Objective and simple Flexible Measures o Allow people to describe themselves in a more unique context Nomothetic vs. Idiographic Nomothetic (fixed) o Aimed at identifying universal human characteristics and dimensions of
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