The Validity of Personality Tests
When looking online for a personality test, I came across one in which the test itself suited my character. It was titled, "Which Cartoon Character Are You?" The test was structured efficiently and humorously just as is my approach to most aspects of my life. The test consists of multiple choice questions with answers that are each given different values unbeknownst to the subject. When the subject finishes, the test adds up your point total and according to predetermined value ranges, then they are given a cartoon character. There are five different cartoon characters one can receive consisting of TAZ, Bugs Bunny, Tweety, Pepe Le Pew, and Speedy Gonzales. Each character has different character traits and a personality description, and depending on what character they are given, the subject's personality is interpreted and described.
I took the personality test and discovered I scored a point total within the range of Tweety.
My personality description and interpretation was stated as, "You are cute, and everyone loves you. You are a best friend that no one takes the chance of losing. You never hurt feelings and seldom have your own feelings hurt. Life is a breeze. You are witty, and calm most of the time. Just keep clear of the backstabbers, and you are worry free." This description seemed to fit my lifestyle and attitude very accurately. However, I recalled there only being five characters to be selected from and this means that the descriptions are very general. My description is definitely broad as not many people take chances at losing best friends and staying clear from backstabbers. This is known as the "Barnum effect." This effect is when the conclusions from the test are made to fit a general group of people...