Are Psychological Tests Really Helpful?
The necessity to find out who are we is as old as the hills. The ancient Sumerian tribes used the first psychological tests in the sixth century B. C. That practice helped the wise men to choose the bravest and decisive men to join the warriors. The power of their will was proven by the cruel assay. A man was to shoot his own horse from his bow. A wide number of similar examples can be found in the Bible. The most famous experiment was probably carried out by Solomon. The ancient governor used the psychological method to arbitrate the two women who couldn’t decide which of them was the mother of a baby. He pretended he wanted to kill the baby. The real mother agreed to give her baby to the other woman in order to save its life. Confucius and his followers founded the method of public officials screening based on their personal achievements without taking into consideration their wealth and aristocratic origin. The shortlisting for the philosophic and religious schools in Greece was based not only on the depth of students’ knowledge but also on the ability to use the skills in a critical situation. In the end of nineteenth century the British scientists Fransis Galton has carried out the public examination and psychological testing of an enormous group of ten thousand people. In that way he showed how dramatic the difference is even between the people of one and the same age. Several years later the German psychologist Munsterberg developed the psychological tests that we still use.
The qualification and personal peculiarities of a specialist are also of a great importance. Testing is an important instrument in exploring our souls and minds but it is not the only one. The people don’t actually aim to discover something new about their personality when they fulfill numerous psychological tests. The joy of seeing the results coinciding with their self-image is surprising. The interpretation of the Eyesenck test in one of the popular psychology magazines would probably astonish Hans Eysenck himself. “If you are creative person and have artistic abilities you may make a good musician, actor or and artist”. The worst perspectives are revealed for the people with unstable emotional personality. “Such people enjoy any kind of dominance. They easily get bored and tired. Making friends is difficult for them”.
The projective technique can be used only if the client agrees to have his or her drawings considered and processed by the specialist. In that case the clients are to be explained the importance of the information a specialist may get. But if you try to carry out the projective techniques that you came across on the internet you will get rather vague results. “The intensity of your emotions may either help or disturb you. You are likely to have a spell or word. If not develop your lexical stock”. The projective tests offered by various tabloids or web sites make no more sense than farcical horoscopes. While the real powerful techniques and methods used by the professionals require much work and strain from the client as well.