There are different personality theories and assessments used to determine the
personality of certain individual. The most important thing to keeping mind is the
knowing the personality theory applied in which the personality is tested. Without
understanding such, the assessment may become meaningless.
A psychodynamic theory explains behavior as the product of psychological forces
within the individual usually arising from Unconscious thoughts, feelings, motives,
and conflicts and repressed problems from early childhood. For example habitual
smoking or gum chewing is linked as a suppressed deprivation of the oral needs
during infancy. According to this theory, the personality grows out of the resolution
of unconscious conflicts and developmental crises. Freud’s different developmental
stages for example can explain this theory best. Personality assessments that are used
to correspond to this theory include projective tests, personal observation and
The Humanistic Theory lies on the belief in the basic goodness and respect of
humankind. An understanding and acceptance of one's own existence and
responsibility is the main basis in this theory. Maslow and Carl Rogers are famous for
this theory. The personality assessment according to this theory uses higher objective
tests and personal interviews.
As the name of this theory implies, trait theory is concerned with traits. The traits are
what make a person of who he is. Traits are relatively permanent aspects of every
individual as evidenced by the consistency in individual’s interactions. Assessment of
personality under this theory uses objective tests.
The test found at http://similarminds.com/jung_word.html is an objective test.
Objective tests are the most commonly used tools for assessing personality, but
they have two serious disadvantages. This assessment entirely on self-reports. The
result can change and may be not reflective of the real personality of the person
especially if the person do not know themselves well, or cannot be entirely objective
about themselves, or want to paint a particular picture of themselves. The general
mood and the person’s ability to concentrate when taking the test can significantly
affect the result as well.
The result I got on the test is mostly true as descriptive of my personality however not
all. Some of the interpretation according to the result, I would say are partly to true
according to my own understanding of my personality.