Uh, by that I mean whether or not you have a favorite psych test. We’ll save tests for pets for another day.
There are many out there who love the Myers Briggs (MBTI). Others love the DISC. When people have a pet test it is usually because the test provides a quick and dirty profile in order to understand and categorize a person’s behavior. Actually, and sadly, we often like certain tests because they allow us to pigeon hole others (as in, “your such a J”).
But, I do have favorite tests. I love to review the couple version of the 16PF with both long-time marrieds and those seeking pre-marital counseling. When I was doing parent competency assessments, there were a number of lesser known tests that illustrated a parent’s capacity to be flexible (and so hopefully less rigid and abusive). When it comes to personality assessment, the MMPI-2 and the Rorshach (Exner scoring) are my favorites.
But lately, most of my assessments have been with pastors. I’ve found a number of great little tools to illustrate compassion fatigue and other at-risk problems. These assessments lack the depth and rigor of a personality test but work great as conversation starters and self-evaluation tools. With these I don’t have to explain what they mean.
How about you? Got a favorite test you’ve taken? Given? Why is it your favorite?