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Objective and Projective Personality Assessment Test Comparisons

Compare (similarities and differences) objective and projective assessment tests. What is the rationale for using one type of assessment test over the other.

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Projective tests involve questions that are open-ended and relatively unstructured which allows the person being tested to have more freedom to respond appropriately. The projective personality tests claim to measure your underlying personality traits, fears, anxieties and attitudes. Inkblot tests are a major example of projective tests. These tests are highly unstructured and the responses and outcomes can be determined and interpreted in various ways. Responses are scored based on what shape is seen on the inkblot as well as what pattern or theme is noticeable in the individual's choices. The assumptions underlying projective tests such as the Rorschach are that the standard set of stimuli is used as a screen to project material that cannot be obtained through a more structured approach. Whereas the Rorschach inkblot test presents personality structure and organization, the TAT, another common ...

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This solution discusses the correlation between the objective and projective personality assessments in 560 words.