What do psychologists actually use to measure

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Enough already. What do psychologists actually use to measure personality? Minnesota Multiphasic Personality Inventory (MMPI-2) California Psychological Inventory (CPI) Personality Research Form (PRF) NEO-PI-R (not an acronym anymore) Multidimensional Personality Questionnaire (MPQ)
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NEO-PI-R In the “Assessments” section of Sakai, just like the DAP-DAT Print your results and bring them to class No, its not for credit.
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Myers-Briggs Type Indicator Do you know your four-letter type? The theory is that everyone can be accurately described as one of 16 “types” Bottom line: MBTI fails many of the “good measure” criteria that we just talked about So why are people still using it?
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The rumblings of controversy Criticisms of personality abounded in general, but controversy over traits was particularly polemic Traits label people unfairly Mischel offered the most important critique Traits are supposed to be general, and predict behavior across situations But the correlations between personality traits and behavior were, on average, about .30
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Rebirth! Aggregation If we average behavior across many different kinds of situations, traits actually predict fairly well (.50 or .60). Interactionism Using mathematical models to estimate how much each one matters, and when. Traits as conditional statements If Sandy is in a social situation with peers, then she will behave as an extravert
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Doc, fix my neuroticism. Implications for therapy If much of personality is structured around a small number of key dispositions, we can change our goals and orientations but probably not our basic dispositional “natures”
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