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What are personality assessments used for and how do they help

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What are personality assessments used for and how do they help a counselor or a client?
Submitted: 5 years ago.
Category: Mental Health
Expert:  AgapeDoc replied 5 years ago.

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There are many, many personality assessments and they are used for a wide variety of issues that help clients, counselors, organizations, law enforcement, and many other entities.

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The study of personality has been around for centuries! However, it gained popularity fairly early in the 20th century. Famous psychologist Carl Jung studied and wrote about it, and a mother daughter team developed the Myers-Briggs Personality Type Inventory that many organizations use for various reasons that I will discuss below.....

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... Many personality assessments are used to help a client understand his/her motivations and behaviors better. They can also help a counselor understand the client better :) You see once a personality assessment has been administered and the results determined people will fit into "general" types. That's not to say that their aren't individual differences.....THERE SURELY ARE :)

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But, these differences are easier to understand in the context of one's personality "type".

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Organizations use personality type inventories like the above mentioned Myers-Briggs as well as True Colors to determine if a job candidate will be a good fit into the organization and base their hiring decision partly on the job candidate's personality.

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They also use this to help determine what jobs their employees will be good at as well as which employees will work effectively on a particular team.

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You can no doubt see how this benefits both the organization and the employee :)

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Personality tests are also used to see if a client may have a personality disorder. Probably the most recognized assessment for this is the MMPI-2. This is also used in criminal court cases to determine if a defendant in a trial is "legally sane".

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