Running Head: EMOTION AND BEHAVIORAL FUNCTIONING Measures of Emotional and Behavioral Functioning. Name: Course: Institution: Measures of Emotional and Behavioral Functioning. Each person or generation has a specific and unique character. A person may be respectful, hot-tempered or benevolent. The middle-aged in a certain generation may be deemed responsible. Such judgments can only be made if there is an accurate and an objective way to measure personality. Different personality tests have been developed to offer a description of an individual’s character. The measures have focused on behavioral and emotional functioning. The measures include objective personality tests, projective techniques test and measures of interests and attitudes (Andrews, Robinson, & Wrightsman, 1991).
The personality tests and measures of interests and attitudes are combined to shed light on an individual psychology. Moreover, they are vital in illustrating the personal and social aspect that affects how a person thinks and perceive the world around them. Objective personality test is more preferred by psychologist as it is deemed more accurate and reliable. It is an assessment that allows limited responses and use an ordinal scales rating or true/false questions (Costa Jr & McCrae, 1978).
Furthermore, extensive test validity is done to ensure that the respondent gives truthful answers. Minnesota Multiphasic Personality Inventory (MMPI) is one of the highly regarded objective personality test (Graham, 1990). The objective personality test has a wide application in the workplace and clinical setting. In contrast, projective techniques are personality test in which a person offers responses to colors, patterns or images (Cattell, 1973). The intention is to uncover unconscious desires that may be hidden from conscious awareness. The responses may be used to predict the future behavior of a person.
Examples include The Rorschach inkblot that is very effective in treating distorted thinking illness and The Thematic Apperception Test (TAT). Measures of interest and attitudes are used to determine a person’s interests. Moreover, they inform the researcher about persons understanding, opinion and feeling attached to certain ideas, object or places (Hogan, 2007). However, personality tests are used to determine personality features and seek underlying causes of psychological issues. Moreover, the overall personality of a person is determined by attitudes and interest. In conclusion, an individual psychology can be inferred from a combination of measures of personality, attitudes, and interests.
The measures have enabled the psychologists to understand individual’s perspective and their view on the world. It is worthy to note that the combination of personality, attitudes and interests will inform us about a person’s behavior. As seen above, the personality test gives variables that a person has less control over as compared to attitude tests. ReferencesAndrews, F. M., Robinson, J. P., & Wrightsman, L. S. (1991). Measures of personality and social psychological attitudes (Vol. 1). Gulf Professional Publishing. Hogan, T.
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