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PSYC FPX 2900 Assessment 3: Personality Test


Personality Test

What are personality traits? They are the characteristic patterns of feeling, behaving, and thinking[ CITATION Sot15 \l 1033 ]. Personality traits are an essential part of human functioning and psychopathology[ CITATION Bar19 \l 1033 ]. There are two stages, the cumulative, which the continuity principle that becomes stable over time, ordering of highest to lower trait. The second is the maturity principle, which is the average levelness of a trait. People become more agreeable, conscientious, and emotionally stable with age[ CITATION Sot15 \l 1033 ]. According to Eysenck’s Hierarchical, there are three main traits. Psychoticism, Extroversion, Neuroticism. Some traits are inherited, and others have repeated acts that become habitual[ CITATION Lar18 \l 1033 ]. Adult personality is a conjunction of hierarchal traits and the big five factors. Youth and adolescent stages go by the little six- factors. Plus have four major trait dimensions, such as sociability, negative emotionality, persistence, and activity level[ CITATION Sot15 \l 1033 ].

Ways to Gather Data

There are four significant sources to gain personality data: Self-report, observer report, lab test, and life history outcomes[ CITATION Lar18 \l 1033 ]. There are many different types of tests, Myers-Briggs type indicator, the Eysenck personality questionnaire, the Birkman Method, and Hogan personality, to name a few. When taking any one of the test you must think of two things to consider validity and reliability. Validity is the extent to which a test measures what it claims to measure. Reliability is the degree to which the obtained measure represents the “true” level of the trait[ CITATION Lar18 \l 1033 ].


I decided to take the SAPA-Project test and the IPIP-NEO test on the five-factor model. The reason for taking both was to know if one test were more valid or reliable than the other test. Plus, to see if I would get the same results. My experience while taking the test was good. I was calm and in a quiet place with no distractions. I was not bored with the questions, and I answered the questions honestly. I was excited to finish so that I could review the results. After taking both tests, the products were similar. I am low on Extraversion, making me introverted. I tend to be more reserved, and quieter than most people, and I enjoy a small circle of friends. Agreeableness is in the average range. The test showed that I might be less concerned with

What are personality traits?

Others’ needs than with my own. My Conscientiousness score was low. The test score showed that I like to live in the moment, am laid back, and not insistent on perfection and disorganized. Neuroticism was next, and that was high. It showed that I am sensitive and emotional, and I experience mood swings throughout the day. Lastly, there is openness which was low. Openness showed that I am a plain Jane, down to earth, and tend to be conservative. After reviewing the results of both tests and how similar the products were. I do believe that the first test (SAPA- Project) was reliable and that the IPIP-NEO test was valid. Both tests were spot on with my personality, so I was very impressed. After looking at some of my traits, I would like to change the disorganization in Conscientiousness. Because of Eysenck’s thought of things that you do repeatedly become a habit[ CITATION Lar18 \l 1033 ], I feel as if I can change that particular trait. After looking at the stages for the characteristics, I do believe that I would have had different results in my personality but not by much. Looking into the future, I do not believe that I am going to have much of a change.


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Soto, C. J. (2015). Personality Traits in Childhood and Adolescence: Structure, Development, and outcomes. Current Directions in Psychological Science, 24(5), 358-362.

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