chapter  3
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Personality Theory and Assessment: Current and Timeless Issues

The meaning of personality assessment continues to be an important, unresolved issue, depending on one’s point of view. Personologists and many clinical psychologists continue to insist that one must know a great deal about an individual to truly understand his personality. Specific scale or factor scores are viewed as either irrelevant or too superficial to prove useful without a thorough analysis of an individual’s motivations, aspirations, history, and life circumstances. Although some personality measures may have a limited use to confirm personal impressions or to provide supplementary information, they are generally dismissed as incidental to a deep understanding of personality.