Published Online: 30 JAN 2010
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Corsini Encyclopedia of Psychology
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Weiner, I. B. 2010. Personality Assessment. Corsini Encyclopedia of Psychology. 1–2.
- Published Online: 30 JAN 2010
Personality assessment is the use of psychological assessment procedures to identify personality characteristics of individuals. These personality characteristics consist of various traits and states. Personality traits are abiding dispositions of people to think, feel, and act in certain ways, to deal with situations in a fairly consistent and predictable manner, and to conduct themselves in a distinctive fashion. When people are asked to describe someone (as in “What is this person like?”), the words they use (e.g., friendly, quiet, self-centered, generous, grouchy) typically identify personality traits. Personality states consist of what people are thinking and the mood they are in at the moment, as in paying close or little attention, being worried or unconcerned, feeling happy or sad, or being anxious, angry, fearful, relaxed, bored, or enthusiastic.
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