• P. Kline
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Personality tests can be divided into tests of temperament and mood. Temperament tests measure how we do what we do, and temperamental traits are usually thought of as enduring and stable, such as dominance or anxiety. Dynamic traits are concerned with motives: for instance, why we do what we do, and include drives such as sexuality or pugnacity. Moods refer to those fluctuating states that we all experience in our lives: anger, fatigue or fear. Let us now look at each of these three categories in turn, and discuss how the psychologist attempts to measure them.


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Annotated reading

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