Psychology Assignment

This assignment requires you and some friends or acquaintances to assess your personality. To receive full credit for this assignment, you must provide thoughtful answers to the questions at the bottom of the instruction sheet. If you only provide one sentence answers to these questions, points will be deducted from your grade. This assignment is worth 8 points.

Personality Traits. Below is a list of terms that describe personality traits that are commonly found in the population. You can probably think of many others, but stick with these for this exercise. The purpose of this exercise is to compare your own ratings of yourself with the ratings of others. Do others see you in the same way that you see yourself? Follow the directions below to discover the answer to this question.

· Make several copies of the rating sheet below. Ask three people to separately rate you on the list of traits. You should also rate yourself. Select a variety of people to do the rating, such as a family member, friend, co-worker, neighbor, teacher, spouse, etc.

· You and each of your raters should select and check off 20 traits that describe you best. It may be difficult to stick to 20, but force yourself (and your raters) to do so.

· On the summary-rating sheet (located beneath the rating sheet), check off your choices and the choices of each of the raters.

· Finally, evaluate your results. The following questions should help you. This part of the exercise is what you will turn in to me.

1. Overall, does your selection of traits present a favorable, neutral, or unfavorable picture of your personality? Be sure to provide evidence for your answer based on your choice of traits (i.e., provide examples of the traits chosen, provide the percentage of favorable, neutral or unfavorable traits, etc.)

2. Do the traits identified by your raters present a favorable, neutral, or unfavorable picture? Again, be sure to provide evidence for your answer based on your raters’ choice of traits.

3. How different are the traits selected by your raters from yours? In what ways do they differ? If they do not differ, then how are they similar? Provide examples from the various ratings and percentages (i.e., what percentage of traits were the same?).

4. How do you explain the differences or similarities you see in the ratings?

5. Which of your traits appear to be most positive based on all ratings? Why do you consider these traits positive?

6. Which of your traits appear to be most negative based on all ratings? Why do you consider these traits negative?

7. What do you think about this type of evaluation of personality? What are the advantages and disadvantages for using this type of evaluation to determine personality? How could you improve this procedure? In answering these questions be sure to use some of the information you learned about research methods in Lesson 1. PERSONALITY TRAITS: RATING SHEET

Rater’s I.D. ___________________________________ (Rater may wish to be anonymous)

Name of person you will be rating: ___________________________________________

Instructions: Check the twenty (20) traits from this list that best describe the person named above. Your evaluation should be based on behavior that you have observed.

___ boastful ___ generous ___ optimistic ___ shy

___ candid ___ good-natured ___ orderly ___ sincere

___ clumsy ___ gracious ___ outgoing ___ skeptical

___ compulsive ___ grouchy ___ patient ___ sloppy

___ considerate ___ headstrong ___ perceptive ___ sly

___ cooperative ___ honest ___ persistent ___ smart

___ cordial ___ idealistic ___ persuasive ___ sociable

___ courageous ___ imaginative ___ pessimistic ___ studious

___ courteous ___ kind ___ prejudiced ___ suspicious

___ crafty ___ logical ___ prideful ___ tactful

___ daring ___ loyal ___ punctual ___ tense

___ dependable ___ mature ___ reasonable ___ truthful

___ diligent ___ methodical ___ rebellious ___ understanding

___ efficient ___ modest ___reliable ___ unselfish

___ energetic ___ naïve ___ respectful ___ vain

___ ethical ___ neat ___ sarcastic ___ versatile

___ forgetful ___ nervous ___ sexy ___ warm

___ friendly ___ open-minded ___ short-tempered ___ wholesome

 

PERSONALITY TRAITS: SUMMARY SHEET

In order to compare your own rating of yourself with the ratings of others, put your own twenty (20) checks on this chart first. Then put each rater’s checks in the boxes provided.

  Raters
  Me 1 2 3
boastful        
candid        
clumsy        
compulsive        
considerate        
cooperative        
cordial        
courageous        
courteous        
crafty        
daring        
dependable        
diligent        
efficient        
energetic        
ethical        
forgetful        
friendly        
generous        
good-natured        
gracious        
grouchy        
headstrong        
honest        
idealistic        
imaginative        
kind        
logical        
loyal        
mature        
methodical        
modest        
naïve        
neat        
nervous        
open-minded        
optimistic        
orderly        
outgoing        
patient        
perceptive        
persistent        
persuasive        
pessimistic        
prejudiced        
prideful        
punctual        
reasonable        
rebellious        
reliable        
respectful        
sarcastic        
sexy        
short-tempered        
shy        
sincere        
skeptical        
sloppy        
sly        
smart        
sociable        
studious        
suspicious        
tactful        
tense        
truthful        
understanding        
unselfish        
vain        
versatile        
warm        
wholesome