Session overview: Rethinking the Psychological Assessment of Personality.
What will be covered:
1. The need for new thinking. What are the current limitations in psychological/psychometric assessment? The concept and theoretical rationales for personality are inadequate, ill-defined, restrictive and static rather than dynamic. In addition, the evidence base is narrow and the methodologies used to ‘measure’ this ill-defined concept are biased and narrow. (Dr. Roy Childs)
2. An alternative view of personality. Let us consider that personality is dynamic? What are the consequences? What would change in the way we measure and use the concept? (Mr. Richard Owen)
3. A wider view: Our conception of personality and related debates (Type/Trait) are micro examples of major macro issues – as represented by increasing cultural and political polarisation. One-sidedness is the consistent theme and barrier in both thinking about personality and in political opinionizing. Can this be resolved or transcended? (Dr. Steve Myers)
4. Looking into the future: What the future will look like. Whatever models we propose we have new sources of evidence – Big Data, gamification, wearables etc. How will this affect what we do and what are the issues about how we use the data – both practically and ethically (Professor Adrian Furnham)
Research implications: a re-evaluation of how we judge current assessments and how we develop better assessments.
Practical implications: changing how people use assessment tools; taking a longer time-scale perspective which incorporates how people change and grow given context and time.
In conclusion: the sessions will be disruptive in order top help develop new paradigms and methods in assessment and their use.
Intended audience: both researchers and practitioners.
1. a more nuanced understanding of personality as a dynamic concept which is poorly represented by the Big Five
2. a critique of current psychometric methodology - the inappropriateness of a static model for a dynamic concept
3. a better idea of what the future holds