PSYC 1311: Introduction to Psychology
Assignment 4
Analyzing my Personality
(10%=Individual Written Report)
 
Purpose of Assignment

  • Students have to submit a written report about their personality. Specifically, they must discuss their personality with respect to locus of control and extraversion-introversion constructs.
  • This assignment aims at giving students the opportunity to explore the nature of their personality.
  • This assignment will also help students gain an insight into various types of measuring instruments used to assess personality in the field of psychology.

 
Objectives

  • To help students interpret aspects of their personality according to psychological theories
  • To help students become familiar with various personality theories in psychology
  • To help students become familiar with common measuring tools used to assess personality in the field of psychology
  • To introduce students to the process of exploring personality behaviors in everyday life

 
Instructional Media: Tools and Resources

  • Instructor will introduce the topic of personality by discussing Chapter 10: Personality from the course textbook in class.
  • Students will be provided with several internet sites that will assist them in researching personality in psychology.

 
Completing the Personality Questionnaires
Locus of Control Scale
 

  1. Go to the web site – http://wilderdom.com/psychology/loc/RotterLOC29.html
  2. Complete the pen-and-paper questionnaire.
  3. Calculate your score. (http://wilderdom.com/psychology/loc/RotterLOC29Scoring.html)
  4. If a low score indicates an external loc and a high score indicates an internal loc, what does your score mean? Is your score good or bad? What does it say about you?
  5. What things do you do in your daily life that explain your score?
  6. How could you make your loc more internal?

 
The “Big Five” Personality Test
 

  1. Go to the web site – http://www.outofservice.com/bigfive/
  2. Complete the on-line questionnaire.
  3. Read your personality profile to discover your personality type.
  4. Do you agree with your overall profile? What specific parts do you agree or disagree with? What evidence is there in your daily life to support your opinion about your profile?

 
Written Report Requirements

  1. The report must:
  • have a cover page
  • use Times New Romans or Arial, font size: 12
  • be in the student’s own words.  There is no cutting and pasting.
  • have a space of 1.5 between lines
  • be 2 pages in length (not including the questionnaires or profile)
  • use topic sentences at the start of each paragraph
  • use full sentences (and no bullet points)

 

  1. The report must use the following headings:

Locus of Control Scale
The Instrument
Describe the instrument briefly including who originally developed it, what psychological construct it intends to measure, the number of items, and how it is scored. (6 lines)
My Score
Write down your score. Briefly say what your score means. Say if you think it is good or bad and give your reasons. (8 lines)
Interpretation
Write down the things you do in your daily life that explain (justify) your score. Be specific by giving many examples. (20 lines)
Changing my Locus of Control
Write down the things you could do to make your loc more internal. Be specific by giving many examples. (10 lines)
 
The The “Big Five” Personality Test
The Instrument
Describe the instrument briefly including who originally developed it, what psychological construct it intends to measure, the number of items, and how it is scored (see https://www.scientificamerican.com/article/the-big-five/ and/or https://www.ocf.berkeley.edu/~johnlab/bfi.htm). (6 lines)
My Personality Type
Write down your personality type. Briefly say what each letter means. Do you agree or disagree with your overall profile? Why? (6 lines)
Interpretation
Write down the things you do in your daily life that explain (justify) your personality type. Be specific by giving many examples. (20 lines)
Changing my Personality Type
Write down the things you would like to do to improve or change about aspects of your personality type. Be specific by giving many examples. (10 lines)
References
Include at least 3 references. You must cite the author and year in the text of the report. Also, for each reference you must list the author, year, article or book title, and publisher or web site under References at the end of the report. See APA guidelines.
 
Appendices

  1. Locus of Control Scale (including answers)
  2. The “Big Five” Personality Test (including answers)

(Attach the above three items at the end of the report)
 
Assessment Criteria

Criteria Assessment Rubric for Locus of Control SCORES
Instrument It mentions developer, construct measured, items, and scoring procedure. 1
My score It reports personal score, describes what the score means, and evaluates it (i.e., is it a good or a bad score? What are the reasons behind the student’s judgment?). 1
Interpretation It discusses daily life to explain score. 1
Changing loc It discusses specific examples of ways to make loc different. 1
Criteria Assessment Rubric for The “Big Five” Personality Test
 
SCORES
Instrument It mentions developer, construct measured, items, and scoring procedure. 1
My personality type It reports personality type, letter meanings, and whether the student agrees or disagrees with the obtained profile. Reasons for agreement or disagreement are provided. 1
Interpretation It discusses daily life to explain obtained personality type. 1
Changing personality It offers specific examples of ways to change aspects of personality type. 1
     
Mechanics Punctuation and spelling and capitalization are correct, words are well chosen, writer uses own words, there is no cutting and pasting, and use of headings is appropriate. Writer relies on full sentences. 1
References Reference section contains at least 3 relevant references. References are displayed in the text of the report. APA referencing rules are followed. 0.5
Appendices The report includes the Locus of Control Scale with answers, and the “Big Five” Personality Test with answers. 0.5
TOTAL   10

 

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