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Compare and contrast a specific projective measure of personality (Rorschach or TAT) and an objective measure of personality (MMPI or Myers-Briggs) and the theories that underlie them where applicable. Include references

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(a) An Objective Personality measure-The Minnesota Multiphasic Personality Inventory (MMPI)

An objective test consists of short answer items where the examinee selects one response from the two or more provided, and all scoring is done according to procedures involving little if any judgment on the part of the scorer (Cohen & Swerdlik, 376). As an example, the Minnesota Multiphasic Personality Inventory (MMPI, Hathaway & McKinley, 1940) is an objective test that measures personality characteristics based on the person' pattern of response. For instance, a true response to true/false items will be interpreted based on the respondent's traits. The MMPI contains true/false items and was designed as an aid to be used in psychiatric diagnosis.

(b) A projective personality measure-The Thematic Apperception Test (TAT)

A projective test is designed to assess the performance on a task that involves supplying information to some unstructured or structured stimuli such as the Thematic Apperception Test (Murray, 1943 as cited in Cohen & Swerdlik, 2005). The ...

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