Personality and individual assessment

  • P. Kline
Part of the Psychology for Professional Groups book series (PPG)


In this chapter we examine individual differences among human beings, how such differences are measured, and the psychological implications of such differences for understanding personality and behaviour. First of all we discuss psychological tests and testing techniques, for it is by the application of these measures that individual differences have been discovered.


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Annotated reading

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