The following Personality Inventory is available for
you to take: Cattell's Sixteen Personality Factor Questionnaire, Click this
hyperlink to see
sample profile. E-mail
or call your instructor to receive your user name, password, and WEBSITE in order to take
the test online.
The sixteen Personality Factor Questionnaire (16PF),
originally developed by Raymond Cattell, is a factor-analytically derived questionnaire
for personality assessment. Cattell used factor analysis to uncover the deep, basic traits
that underlie human behavior. The 16PF scales that he derived measure temperament--a
person's characteristic style of thinking, perceiving, and acting over a relatively long
period of time and in a wide range of different situations. These personality traits are
manifested in a set of attitudes, preferences, social and emotional reactions, and habits.
Each trait has its own history, and is derived from a complicated interaction between
inherited disposition and learning from experiences. Some traits primarily involve
internal regulation of impulses and serve as defensive or adaptive purposes. Others are
maintained by habit or are functionally autonomous. Still others seem to be stylistic
responses to the pressure of inner drives. In all, they have a pervasive effect on
practically every facet of a person's overall functioning and way of being in the world.
The 16PF, first published in 1949, measures no fewer
than 16 temperament traits. Much of what makes people unique comes from the array of
possibilities that so many traits afford. As with everything else in nature, whatever
exists does so in some quantity or strength, and an individual's particular endowment on
these poles is what creates his or her distinctive style.* Source: The 16PF:
Personality in Depth, H. B. Cattell, Ph.D., 1989
Your instructor will make the 16PF inventory
available to you upon request. The inventory is worth a maximum of 50 points. You must
complete the inventory before completing the final exam and the final project in
order to receive credit for the 16 PF Inventory.