Personality & Personality Disorder
If you have completed the Dual Diagnosis, Mental Health or Personality Disorder training you can refresh your skills and explore some of these themes further in the following exercises.
Personality Disorder Quiz
Test your understanding of Personality Disorder with this brief quiz. A name and an e-mail address is required by the software to play. You can use any name, or just clip and paste Joe Bloggs at in the game if you wish. These details are only recorded in the game's log history file. This is only used for statistical analysis of average scores.
Measure Your Big Five Traits
Five key traits are inherited from our parents: These include:
Openness: People who like to learn new things and enjoy new experiences usually score high in openness. Openness includes traits like being insightful and imaginative and having a wide variety of interests.
Conscientiousness: People that have a high degree of conscientiousness are reliable and prompt. Traits include being organised, methodic, and thorough.
Extraversion: Peoples traits include being; energetic, talkative, and assertive (sometime seen as outspoken by Introverts). Extraverts get their energy and drive from others, while introverts are self-driven get their drive from within themselves.
Agreeableness: As it perhaps sounds, these individuals are warm, friendly, compassionate and cooperative and traits include being kind, affectionate, and sympathetic. In contrast, people with lower levels of agreeableness may be more distant.
Neuroticism: Neuroticism or Emotional Stability relates to degree of negative emotions. People that score high on neuroticism often experience emotional instability and negative emotions. Characteristics typically include being moody and tense
To measure your Big Five at the Open-Source Psychometrics Project click here
The Iowa Gambling Test
The Iowa Gambling Task is a reward / punishment task that assesses your personality, not by asking you statements but by analyzing your behavior during a card game where you do not know the rules. Warning: The researchers do ask personal questions to assess you against your scores. But it is a fun and revealing way to examine your personlity style. To play on online version, click here.
The Personality Disorder Tube Map
Here is a great diagram showing the natural development and progression of personality disorder based on clinical research studies produced by Rex Haigh.
Standardised Assessment of Personality – Abbreviated Scale (Moran)
The Standardised Assessment of Personality – Abbreviated Scale (SAPAS) is a short and simple interview‐administered screen for Personality Disorder. The SAPAS was developed from the semi‐structured interview Standardised Assessment of Personality and validated in a sample of psychiatric patients, where it was found to have good psychometric properties, correctly identifying the presence of PD in 90% of patients, with a sensitivity and specificity of 0.94 and 0.85 respectively.
A name and an e-mail address is required by the software to play. You can use any name, or just clip and paste Joe Bloggs at in the game if you wish. These details are only recorded in the game's log history file. This is only used for statistical analysis of average scores.
Measure Your Introversion: The Lemon Test
This is a simple test that you can conduct at home that will measure your Extroversion-Introversion
biologically. You will need:
A double headed cotton wool bud
Thread or dental floss
Some concentrated lemon juice
Your (or someone else's) tongue
Step One: Tie the thread / dental floss to the middle of the cotton wool bud, so you can hold one end of the thread and the cotton bud hangs down like a pendulum. Make sure the thread is tied to the middle, so the cotton bud is perfectly balanced like an upside down "T".
Step Two: Hold one end of the cotton bud on your tongue for 20 seconds and remove.
Step Three: Drip five drops of lemon juice on your tongue and swish it around in your mouth.
Step Four: Hold the other end of the cotton bud on your tongue for 20 seconds and remove.
Step Five: Suspend the cotton bud in the air by the thread like the upside down "T".
Step Six: Check to see if the cotton bud now leans to the lemon juice dabbed end. If it does tip, you are an Introvert. If it remains balanced then you are an Extrovert.
Why? Introverts experience much higher levels of physical arousal then Extroverts. This is even reflected in salivation. So Introverts salivate much more than Extroverts in contact with the lemon juice, resulting in the cotton bud tipping because it becomes heavier.
Source: Brian R. Little: Me, Myself and Us. Public Affairs Books, (2014).
The Dark Triad Test
The dark triad personality traits are three related personality traits that define those with a malevolent personality. These include machiavellianism (a manipulative attitude), narcissism (excessive self-love), and psychopathy (lack of empathy). The Short Dark Triad was developed in 2011 by Delroy Paulhus and Daniel Jones to provide a more uniform assessment from a range of Personality Disorders.
To take the test at the Open Source Psychometrics Project, click here.
Dark Core Personality Assessment
The Dark Core research studies emerged from a general fining that people score in a very similar way-regardless of the personality test they take. This revealed a deeper level of personality consistency. Based on this, Morten Moshagen, Benjamin E. Hilbig & Ingo Zettler identified what they believe are the Dark Core personality features that represent a unified theory of the Dark Personality or D Factor.
To take the test click here
Borderline (Emotionally Unstable) Personality Disorder
This education series was designed for professionals to learn basic principles for the diagnosis and treatment of Borderline Personality Disorder. It is the result of a collaboration between Drs. Brian Palmer, Lois Choi-Kain, and John Gunderson. It was supported by a grant from the National Education Alliance for Borderline Personality Disorder to help promote its mission to provide education and build awareness on BPD.
The series of six, 20-minute modules features videos of patients/families, interactive quizzes, narrated slides, and videos from a number of experts. The video clips were made possible by Dawkins Productions. They are all from the video series.