The use and misuse of personality tests

Any professional linked to human development knows that people and their contexts interact. They are not separate or separable entities. It is essential to remember that, although the tests allow obtaining initial data, they are only one of the instruments for decision-making; necessary, but not sufficient. The IPIP lists personality constructs to measure more than 250 scales …

When it comes to “self-reporting” analysis, let’s not forget the fallacy of personal validation or “Forer Effect” that Paul Meehl, one of the great clinical psychologists of the 20th century, called the “Barnum Effect“: accepting vague personal descriptions and general as exceptionally applicable to ourselves, without realizing that the same description could be applied to anyone.

We invite you to read Datner’s article on “The use and misuse of personality tests” (spanish) in which he provides a critical view of the usual tools in the workplace to learn about personality and styles. Some instruments for assessing styles of behavior and temperament widely used for their simplicity, have a relative validity that must be complemented when predicting.

Using “Strong Evidence on Soft Skills,” Heckman (2000 Nobel Laureate) and Kautz demonstrated that personality traits predict and cause outcomes. Today, science has shown that personality is a critical factor for multiple milestones in life, that it is as important as cognitive skills or technical knowledge (or even more), and that it is modifiable. Within the personality models, the OCEAN is the only one on which there is a worldwide scientific consensus and for that reason, it is used in the fields: educational, work and therapeutic and is linked to socio-emotional competences (misnamed “soft”) .

The latest advances in linguistic psychology make it possible to predict personality from textual information from the novel open vocabulary approach. Together with the speed and precision of artificial intelligence analysis, they achieve that what for some may seem like magic, is today applied science at the service of human development. allows you an agile and comprehensive analysis with which to complement tests and direct observations.