The Psychologist's Book of Personality Tests

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The Psychologist's Book of Personality Tests. By Louis JANDA. John Wiley & Sons, Inc., New York, 2001, 209 pages, $12.95, softcover. ISBN 0-471-37102-5.

HAVE YOU EVER WONDERED why others get promoted over you? Why your best efforts go unappreciated? This book, written by a psychologist, is designed to help you understand and overcome the barriers to leading a more meaningful and effective life.

It includes 24 self-administered tests logically ordered to provide the reader with self-awareness regarding topics ranging across the whole panorama of human emotions. It is divided into three sections. Section 1 is a series of eight tests designed to help identify the behaviors and attitudes holding us back from achieving our personal best. They rate selfesteem, anxiety, depression, behavior, personal beliefs, impulsive behavior, body-self relations, and worry, in that order. These tests measure moods, attitudes and emotions.

Section 2 deals with the barriers that we place between others and ourselves. Again there are eight tests that rate personal ability in such topics as friendliness, assertiveness, fear of intimacy, control/domination, anger, trust, romance and sexual guilt. The author contends that the goal of functional individuals should be to express themselves openly and honestly, not only with loved ones but also with strangers and acquaintances.

The tests in the first two sections are designed to highlight deficits. Exposing deficits to the light can be the first step to higher self-awareness. The tests in Section 3 are designed to measure selfawareness. These tests actually measure the traits that make dynamic, successful people different from people with problems. …