All around the world today, personality is discussed. Personality reflects who a person really is on the inside. One can determine a person’s personality through expressions. Whether one is meeting a person for the first time or on a job interview, personality is what’s often identified. People are unique in their own ways, which would explain how individuals obtain different personalities. This paper will define personality and address some key personality features that define the author.
The paper will also include key concepts used to explain the author’s personality, the consistency of the author’s personality features, and the reaction to the personality analysis taken by the author. Lastly, the paper will identify what would make a personality test reliable and valid. There are various definitions for the word personality however, according to Dictionary. com (2011); Personality is the visible aspect of one’s character as it impresses others. The author defines personality as being uniquely you.
Some individuals are known for their pleasing personalities; however others may deal with angry- rude personalities. Some key personality features that define the author are Leader, Motivator/ Encourager, and Enthusiast. All of the author’s life, she has been told by many that she was a leader. As the author grew older, she realized that those statements were true. For this reason, the author takes the initiative to perform many tasks; even the tasks no one else would do. As a result, others have admired and followed her phenomenal leadership. The next personality feature of the author is the Motivator/ Encourager.
The author motivates herself by setting short and long term goals; in addition to motivating others to do the same in order to achieve goals. The author also encourages herself and others. The author is compelled to give advice to others, and likes to share with individuals what to do with truth while being open minded. The author has a strong sense of concern for others. Many people find the author to be friendly, understanding, and practical. The author uses her excellent communication skills to share specific insights based upon facts and experience.
The Enthusiast also defines the author personality. The author is very enthusiastic and has a strong willingness to work with others. The author’s personality features are consistent. The Leader, Motivator/ Encourager, and Enthusiast are features that make the author who she is today. Adapting to every situation and bringing the good out of every bad situation. The author has taken a personality test curious as to what her personality features were. The author was in awe as she identified the results of the analysis. The analysis was accurate and informed the author of the description of each feature.
The author plans to retake the same personality test in the upcoming year to ensure the test was reliable and valid. A personality test is reliable if the test and scores are accurate each time. For example, the author took the first half of the personality test and identified her features. Likewise she took the second part of the test and the features did not change. According to Friedman and Schustack (2009), this is termed Internal Consistency Reliability. Internal Consistency Reliability is the degree of consistency measured by seeing whether subparts or equivalent parts of a test yield the same results (Friedman & Schustack, 2009).
In addition to Internal Consistency Reliability, Test retest is another notion that makes a personality test reliable. Test retest is the degree of consistency between the results of the same test taken on different occasions (Friedman & Schustack, 2009). For example, next year the author plans to retake the personality test, therefore the results should be consistent. When internal consistency reliability and test–retest reliability are high, we know we are measuring something real—we have a reliable personality test (Friedman & Schustack, 2009).
Equally important, Personality tests are considered valid if the test is measuring what it is supposed to be measuring (Friedman & Schustack, 2009). In conclusion, all individuals have different personalities. The importance of knowing that there are various personalities is significant, especially when interacting with others from a different culture. For this purpose, individuals should take personality tests to exercise and enjoy who they truly are and have a better understanding of why people act the way they do.