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What are the advantages and disadvantages of using objective personality tests verses...

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koolkid4life | Student, Grade 11 | Honors

Posted June 7, 2013 at 6:31 AM via web

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What are the advantages and disadvantages of using objective personality tests verses projective personality tests?

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chickflik999 | High School Teacher | (Level 1) Assistant Educator

Posted June 14, 2013 at 6:52 AM (Answer #1)

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Projective personality tests are very open ended - an example of a projective personality test is the classic inkblot test. The benefits of using projective personality tests is that they can help us to see what the person is strugling with internally.  However, projective personality tests require special training to administer and are not standardized, which means they may not be reliable or valid.

An objective personality test is a standardized test, such as the MMPI-2.  The benefit of this test is that it is standardized, so it is valid and reliable.  The disadvantage of using an objective personality test is that an individual can easily lie on the test.

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