weekly forum 2

Need three separate responses consisting of atleast 250 words each for each forum post.

The forum question is the following:

Integrating examples and ideas from your readings and research throughout the course, what future changes do you foresee in personality assessment instruments and procedures? What changes to do you foresee in the functions and/or applications of personality assessment?

In your peer responses, please reflect on how your peer’s choices, examples, etc. are similar or different from your choices.

Forum post #1

Instruments used by psychologists in order to assess one’s personality will undoubtedly remain the same in relation to a foundational basis, but I do see them being improved upon in an effort to achieve greater accuracy. For example, the Rorschach Inkblot test has been around since 1921 and you don’t really have that kind of staying power in the field unless you have universal validity. While this particular type of personality assessment, otherwise known as one of many projective techniques used by professional personality examiners and test takers across the world, has validity, it isn not absent of criticism and scrutiny, which is great for every test that assesses a person’s innate and consistent traits. Despite its criticisms, the test remains a critical part of personality assessment today.

Another example of my point that certain test will continue to evolve and be a significant part of psychological dealings when it comes to personality assessment is the Stanford-Binet Intelligence Scale. While the test has been revised four additional times since its inception in the early 1900s, the guiding principles regarding one’s IQ remain the same. Future theorists who reshaped the Stanford-Binet Intelligence Scale did so four more times, with the latest and fifth revision taking place in 2003 (Aiken and Groth-Marnat, 2006).

While the field of psychology, or any field involving people, their motives, personalities, etc. will undoubtedly continue to implement assessments and test that have a longstanding history into the field, the human being’s innate need to constantly improve on assessments and techniques doesn’t and will not end. In the future, I foresee psychologists, professional personality examiners and the like creating new and innovative ways to assess one’s personality. Of course, some examiners an researchers will opt to improve on already well-known theories, but other’s will create an entire new line of ways to assess a subject or client’s personality. It’s undoubtedly a very exciting time for those of us who seek to assess personality and/or who are very impassioned about the field of psychology and the human mind. I, myself, can say that I am very excited for what the future holds for not just psychology, but mankind regarding the field.

Forum Post #2

When thinking about what future changes that I foresee within the personality assessment instruments and procedures the opportunities are endless. When thinking of personality tests the Sixteen Factor Personality Test has been the one that I lean towards. As an English teacher I gravitate more towards things such as questionnaires and the idea that our personalities can be separated into factors. This test has already been changed into thirty different languages and countries around the world. The test has 185 questions within it that then help to determine which personality factors the participant gravitates towards. This test has been found to have a high reliability and validity from previous research with different groups of participants. I can only see this test becoming either more reliable and valid with slight changes over the course of time, or even being the inspiration for future tests to become even better.

As Aiken (2007) brings up the exact name and number of core aspects of personality is a topic that is quite controversial within the field of psychology. This is still an idea that many argue, that we can put our personalities into different factor groups to truly determine similarities and differences between different personality types. The research and tests within this field have already greatly improved within just a short period of time. The original Sixteen Factor Personality Test has been refreshed and improved upon to create the updated fifth addition currently. Allowing for even more questions within each personality factor to make sure that the results offer an even more accurate result. Original tests were looking into merely 5 big factors of personality and now we can go as far as to expand these factors to sixteen. I foresee the future only allowing us to become even more specific and break these ideas down even further.

Along with this idea I can only imagine that we will also create new types of personality assessments that will combine tests like factor analysis and projective techniques. The future, just like within any field of science, is always changing and we will never truly be done improving assessments and functions over the course of time. Within the future these assessments will only get better and improve upon our previous findings about the human mind. As with any research by using the lessons that many have learned along the way we will improve the future for all.

Forum post #3

Over the past few weeks we have had the opportunity to gain great insight and knowledge on assessments and instruments used that aid in personality and intelligence assessments. We have all researched and read up on information in regard to personality tests and scores. Throughout my own personal research and reading, I have found that a lot of the personality tests that are used, have had multiple revisions made to them. Personally, I think these tests that have already had the multiple revisions made, will continue to improve and change within the near future. Seeing these particular tests are still in use, this means they are popular and have high demand. One intelligence that has had multiple revisions is the Wechsler Intelligence Scale. A personality test that has multiple revisions, or editions, is the Million Clinical Multiaxial Inventory. The Million Clinical Multiaxial Inventory is on its five version, the MCMI-IV. “The newest iteration of Dr. Million’s flagship inventory, the MCMI-IV, is a full reflection of the substantial revision to Million’s Theory introduced in Disorders of Personality – 3rd Edition, that also expands on several advances introduced in the MCMI-III in recent years” (Million, Grossman, & Million, 2015). This personality assessment also features Grossman Facet Scales.

Another assessment that has made tremendous improvements and markings in the psychology field is the Stanford-Binet Intelligence Scale. This scale/test first originated in the 1900’s through Alfred Binet and Theodore Simon. Since the 1900’s the test has been revised, and/or changed, four separate times. First in 1916 when Lewis Terman put in his input, then again in 1950 when Merrill took the two original forms, and collaborated ideas from each which created yet again, another revised version. Skip ahead to 2003, the test is now on its fifth edition and still as popular as before.

To me, this shows that when researchers, and psychologists, work together and collaborate, they come up with great personality and intelligence tools that are making tremendous efforts and differences in some people’s lives. Everything and everyone within the world are always changing, we can’t use outdated materials when it comes to people’s health and wellbeing, personality/intelligence assessments included. Researchers have to keep up with the times and change things that have been proven not to work, or that need improvements. Everything is evolving, especially the psychology field, like mental health. These tests are all still around today for a great reason, as they are providing great insight in helping people with their own health, but also in other areas and fields, like employment screenings or therapy intake for example.

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