Situational Determinants of Personal Validation of General Personality Interpretations

Academic Article


  • Groups of 5s were matched with respect to their pre-experimental opinions regarding the value of psychological tests used by trained professionals to describe personality. 5s were then given either the Rorschach, TAT, FIRO-B, or Marlowe-Crowne Social Desirability Scale and were later given identical general personality interpretations supposedly based on the test results. An analysis of variance of 5s ratings of the accuracy of the personality interpretation indicated that neither the type of test S took nor whether the personality interpretation was presented as being derived “for you specifically” or “for people in general” had differential effects on Ss’ acceptance of the interpretation; all groups rated the interpretation as being between “good” and “excellent.”. © 1974, Taylor & Francis Group, LLC. All rights reserved.
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  • Hinrichsen JJ; Bradley LA
  • Start Page

  • 530
  • End Page

  • 534
  • Volume

  • 38
  • Issue

  • 6