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Boyle, G. J., Matthews, G., & Saklofske, D. H. (2008). Personality measurement and testing: An overview. In G. J. Boyle, G. Matthews & D. H. Saklofske (Eds.), The Sage handbook of personality theory and assessment: Vol. 2 personality measurement and testing (pp. 1-26). Los Angeles, United States: Sage Publications. ISBN: 9781412946520

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Chapter 1 Introduction and editorial arrangement © Copyright Gregory J. Boyle, Gerald Matthews and Donald H. Saklofske, 2008.


Technically, there are very few actual 'tests' of personality- the Objective-Analytical Battery being an exception. Most so-called 'tests' of personality are in fact, self-report scales or rating scales based on reports of others. Such scales quantify subjective introspections, or subjective impressions of others' personality make-up. At the same time, it is a relevant question and one that we will continue to face in the study of personality and the application of the findings, including assessment of personality, within psychological practice areas such as clinical and school psychology, and within settings such as the military, business and sports psychology, among others.