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Psychological Theories of Personality

Please go to http://psychology.about.com/library/quiz/bl-bigfivequiz1.htm to find five traits that are adequate to describe any personality.

Please examine the results. Describe the similarities and differences between your MBTI-type inventory and your Big Five inventory. Discuss their convergent validity; that is, the extent to which they say the same things about you.

How accurately and honestly do you think most people are when responding to inventories of this nature? To what extent do our answers reflect what we are, rather than what we'd like to be?

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After you go to http://psychology.about.com/library/quiz/bl-bigfivequiz1.htm to find five traits that are adequate to describe any personality, the results demonstrate extroversion, conscientiousness, emotionality, intellect/ openness to experience, and agreeableness.

As you then examine the results, lots of similarities and differences between my MBTI-type inventory and my Big Five inventory exist. Thus, I perceive their convergent validity as quite high since they both report strong correlations and the extent to which they say the same things about my personality traits.

Overall, I infer that people tend to pretty accurately and honestly answer when responding to inventories of this nature. They may under rate or under estimate just to save face or reflect what we'd like to be, but I don't think people completely falsify or digress; they may add minor adjustments, but not big ...

Solution Summary

Some personal similarities and differences between one's MBTI-type inventory and Big Five inventory are briefly demonstrated.

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