Interpreting Personality Traits Quiz

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What theory is discussed in the given text?

What assessment technique is mentioned in the text?

What is the application discussed in the text?

What is the main focus of the Cognitive Approach?

What did George Kelly develop after setting up a network of clinics for Dust Bowl victims?

Where did George Kelly receive his psychology PhD from?

Which universities did George Kelly spend time at before moving to Brandeis University?

What did George Kelly study at the University of Edinburgh?

According to George Kelly's Personal Construct Theory, how do people interpret and predict events?

What is the primary reason for differences in personality according to cognitive theories?

Why did the narrator and their friend have vastly different impressions of the party?

What is the origin of the cognitive approach to personality?

According to George Kelly's theory of personality, what is the root cause of most psychological problems?

What was George Kelly's approach as a therapist in helping clients with psychological problems?

What do cognitive personality psychologists focus on as the key to understanding personality and behavior?

How does the cognitive model of personality link situations with behavior?

What do psychologists sometimes refer to as our cognitive representation of ourselves?

Which term describes the cognitive representations of ourselves that we use to organize and process self-relevant information?

What is the term used for the behaviors and attributes that are most important to an individual and make up their self-schema?

According to the text, what is likely to make individuals more likely to stick with regular exercise programs?

According to the passage, what are trait concepts that can be part of a self-schema?

What did elementary school children with prosocial as a part of their self-schemas do, according to the passage?

According to the passage, what did men and women with self-schemas including sexuality report?

How do individual differences in self-schemas influence behavior, as per the passage?

People with simpatico as part of their self-schema interact with others in which style?

What do psychologists study by looking at how people perceive and use information presented to them?

In the context of self-schemas, what does quick response to a question on a personality inventory indicate?

What do self-schemas provide a framework for, according to the text?

What do cognitive psychologists refer to as cognitive representations of future roles, occupations, and attributes that serve as incentives for future behavior?

What is the primary reason for undergraduates being more likely to remember a friend's birthday if it was close to their own?

What term refers to the tendency for people to remember information related to themselves more than information about others?

In what domain can understanding possible selves be particularly useful?

What is the primary focus of cognitive therapists?

What did Albert Ellis believe was the root cause of negative emotions?

What impact do same-gender role models have on the development of career-related possible selves?

What is the significance of female high school students having female friends interested in science, as per the text?

In the context of Ellis's work on irrational beliefs, what is the primary reason for clients seeking therapy?

What is the ultimate goal of rational emotive therapy according to Ellis?

According to Ellis, what are common examples of irrational beliefs?

What impact do irrational beliefs have on individuals, according to Ellis's work?

In Ellis' therapy session, what is the primary irrational belief that the young woman holds about making mistakes?

What does Ellis suggest as an alternative response to making a mistake, according to the therapy session sample?

What does the young woman attribute her fear of making mistakes to during the therapy session?

According to Ellis, what does the feeling of 'how awful' and 'how shameful' follow?

What does Ellis identify as the root cause of the young woman's self-blame for making mistakes?

According to the cognitive approach to personality, what are self-schemas?

What is the main criticism of the cognitive approach to personality?

What is the Repertory Grid Technique introduced by George Kelly used for?

What do possible selves represent, according to the text?

In the context of cognitive approaches to psychotherapy, what is the goal of rational emotive therapy?

What is the primary purpose of the Repertory Grid Technique in personality therapy?

What is the most commonly used version of the Repertory Grid Technique mentioned in the text?

How many trials or 'sorts' are considered to provide a useful sample of a client's principal constructs in the Repertory Grid Technique?

In what fields has the Repertory Grid Technique been used by therapists and researchers, as mentioned in the text?

What do variations of the Rep Test involve, as mentioned in the text?

What is the primary focus of the Repertory Grid Technique (RGT)?

What is one of the assumptions underlying the Repertory Grid Technique (RGT)?

What did George Kelly express concern about regarding the constructs used in the Repertory Grid Technique (RGT)?

What are some strengths of the cognitive approach to personality mentioned in the passage?

In what way have researchers in other areas of psychology complemented and extended what is known from the cognitive personality perspective?


  • George Kelly, a practicing psychotherapist, developed a theory of personality based on the idea that people construct their understanding of the world and themselves, and that psychological problems arise from faulty constructs rather than past traumatic experiences.

  • Kelly argued that anxiety is the root cause of most psychological problems, arising when personal constructs fail to make sense of life events.

  • Kelly's approach as a therapist was to help clients try on new templates or ways of interpreting the world to regain their ability to make sense of their experiences and reduce anxiety.

  • Cognitive personality psychologists focus on the elements between stimuli and responses as the key to understanding personality and behavior.

  • They have introduced a number of cognitive variables, or cognitive-affective units, to explain individual differences in how people act based on their mental representations and the way they process information.

  • Some cognitive variables include encodings (constructs for encoding information about the self, others, events, and situations), expectations and beliefs, affects (feelings, emotions, and emotional responses), goals and values, and competencies and self-regulatory plans.

  • The cognitive model of personality is a complex system that links situations with behavior through cognitive structures and mental representations.

  • The way we react to features in the environment depends on our cognitive structures, and our behavior can then affect the situation.

  • Each person possesses a unique set of mental representations, and the ease with which individuals access certain kinds of information stored in memory varies, leading to individual differences in response to situations.

  • Ellis identifies two key experiences in Barking up the Wrong Tree in psychotherapy: the Activating experience (A) and the emotional Consequence (C).

  • Clients typically seek therapy due to the emotional Consequence, such as depression, guilt, or anger.

  • Ellis argues that severe reactions result from an intermediate step, an irrational Belief (B).

  • Common irrational beliefs include "I need to be loved and approved by everyone" or "I can't be happy without this person."

  • Rational emotive therapy aims to help clients recognize their reliance on irrational beliefs and replace them with rational ones.

  • Irrational beliefs can be obvious (e.g., "I must always have people's approval") or subtle (e.g., "People must always treat me well because I'm nice to them").

  • The therapy process involves understanding the flawed logic and replacing irrational beliefs with more balanced, rational ones.

  • Ellis emphasized that people often harbor numerous irrational beliefs, which can significantly impact their emotions and behaviors.

  • Rational emotive therapy's ultimate goal is to help individuals develop the ability to think more effectively and adaptively in response to challenging experiences.

  • Ellis's work on irrational beliefs has influenced various forms of cognitive therapy, including cognitive-behavioral therapy and rational emotive behavioral therapy.

  • The Repertory Grid Technique (RGT) is a personality measurement method that does not produce a simple test score, allowing for a high degree of interpretation by therapists.

  • Assumptions underlying the RGT include the permanence of constructs used during the test and the representativeness of people on the list.

  • Participants should write down the names of 12 different people and describe how two of them are similar but different from a third using construct and contrast lists.

  • The test is a version of Kelly's Rep Test, which provides insights into how individuals organize information about people they know.

  • Kelly was concerned about the assumption that people can adequately describe their constructs, as miscommunications between clients and therapists could lead to misinterpretations.

  • Strengths of the cognitive approach to personality include the empirical basis of many ideas and the current popularity of cognitive research in psychology.

  • Cognitive approaches to personality and psychotherapy have gained popularity in recent years.

  • Many cognitive structures used to explain individual differences have been subjected to extensive investigation in controlled laboratory experiments.

  • Cognitive models of personality have been modified as researchers learn more about cognitive structures and processes.

  • Researchers in other areas of psychology, such as developmental and social psychology, have conducted research that complements and extends what is known from the cognitive personality perspective.


This quiz explores how different individuals interpret and form impressions of personality traits based on their own constructs and interactions with others. It delves into the nuances of perception and how it influences our behavior towards others.

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