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Psychological Assessment
Personality assessment involves the use of scientifically formulated tools which help in understanding the person’s patterns in current and long-standing ways of thinking and interacting with the world, getting a clearer picture of their psychological functioning in broad and specific areas of concern, identifying underlying factors contributing to distress, and diagnosing the presence and severity of clinical disorders.
Some of the areas in which personality assessment often provides insight include the person’s self-concept, self-worth and life story; areas of strength and struggles (personal, professional and social); values, needs and belief systems; repressed thoughts and feelings; resilience and coping mechanisms; quality of interpersonal relationships; impact of significant life experiences and relationships; history of trauma, abuse or neglect; presence of depression, anxiety and anger; emotional maturity and expression; and personality patterns.
Assessment is conducted with the purpose of helping the client and the therapist reach a comprehensive and objective understanding of what’s really going on and developing better informed therapeutic plans. Assessment helps in ascertaining areas and processes for therapeutic work which would be most beneficial for the client based on their unique personality, needs and level of functioning.
Lodestar Within provides Personality Assessment using empirically validated clinical tests like:
  • Rorschach Inkblot Test
  • MMPI
  • MCMI
  • Thematic Apperception Test (TAT)
  • Children’s Apperception Test (CAT)
  • Draw-A-Person Test (DAP)
Psychological or psychometric assessment is the process of measuring and understanding psychological constructs such as personality, intelligence and behavior. This is done with the help of psychometric tests which are scientifically formulated and validated tools to assess the particular area of interest.
The usual purposes for psychological assessment are to provide a diagnosis for treatment settings; to assess a particular area of functioning or disability often for school settings; to help select type of treatment or to assess treatment outcomes; to help courts decide issues such as child custody or competency to stand trial; or to help assess job applicants or employees and provide career development counseling or training.
There are several broad categories of psychological tests:
Personality Tests
Personality is a pattern of thought, behavior and emotions that remains somewhat consistent across time and situations. Personality is characteristic of and unique to each individual. Personality tests aim to identify specific traits or personality as a whole. They help in identifying the typical ways in which the person reacts to or deals with various situations. They aid in diagnosing clinical disorders and identifying emotional difficulties. Psychological measures of personality are often described as either objective tests or projective tests.
Objective personality tests are usually self-report inventories. Self-report inventories are paper-and-pen tests that require people to answer questions about their typical behavior. Objective tests are very structured questionnaires involving multiple choice and true or false questions.
Lodestar Within offers:
  • Minnesota Multiphasic Personality Inventory (MMPI)
  • Millon’s Clinical Multi-axial Inventory (MCMI)
Projective personality tests require subjects to respond to ambiguous stimuli, such as pictures and phrases that can be interpreted in many different ways. Projective tests are based on the idea that people interpret ambiguous stimuli in ways that reveal their concerns, needs, conflicts, desires, and feelings. Projective tests involve questions that are open-ended and relatively unstructured which allows the person being tested to have more freedom to respond appropriately.
Inner Space offers:
  • The Rorschach Inkblot Test
  • The Thematic Apperception Test (TAT)
  • Draw-A-Person Test (DAP)
  • House-Tree-Person Test (HTP)