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The Psychologists Book of Personality Tests


The Psychologist's Book 

of Personality Tests

The Psychologist's Book 

of Personality Tests 

24 Revealing Tests to Identify and 

Overcome Your Personal Barriers 

to a Better Life 

Louis Janda, Ph.D. 

John Wiley & Sons, Inc. 

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Introduction 1 

Section I: Personal Barriers 

1. How Do You Feel about Yourself? 13 

The Self-Esteem Rating Scale 

2. How Anxious Are You? 21 

The Four Systems Anxiety Questionnaire 

3. How Depressed Are You? 31 

The Automatic Thoughts Questionnaire 

4. Who Controls Your Fate? 37 

The Personal Behavior Inventory 

5. How Rational Are You? 45 

The Survey of Personal Beliefs 

6. How Impulsive Are You? 53 

The Barratt Impulsiveness Scale 

7. How Do You Feel about Your Body? 61 

The Multidimensional Body-Self Relations 


8. How Much Do You Worry? 71 

The "Why Worry" Scale 

Section II: Interpersonal Barriers 

9. How Friendly Are You? 81 

The Friendliness Scale 

10. How Assertive Are You? 89 

The Adult Self-Expression Scale 

11. How Capable Are You of Intimacy? 97 

The Fear of Intimacy Scale 

12. Are You a Controlling Person? 105 

The Way of Life Scale 

13. Are You an Angry Person? 113 

The Multidimensional Anger Inventory 

14. How Trusting Are You? 121 

The Specific Interpersonal Trust Scale 

15. How Romantic Are You? 129 

The Romantic Relationship Scale 

16. How Guilty Are You about Sex? 135 

The Revised Mosher Guilt Inventory 

Section III: In Search of Self-Growth 

17. How Good Are You at Turning Your 

Bad Moods Around? 147 

The Negative Mood Regulation Scale 

18. How Effective a Person Are You? 153 

The Self-Efficacy Scale 

19. How Hardy Are You? 159 

The Hardiness Scale 

20. How Well Do You Cope with 

Traumatic Life Events? 167 

The Thriving Scale 

21. How Empathic Are You? 173 

The Empathy Scale 

22. How Comfortable Are You with Your Mortality? 181 

The Sense of Symbolic Immortality Scale 

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23. Do You Like New Experiences? 187 

The Neophilia Scale 

24. Do You Experience Moments of Joy? 195 

The Peak Experiences Scale 

Epilogue: Translating Knowledge into Action 207 

contents vii

The Psychologist's Book 

of Personality Tests


We psychologists tend to be a negative lot. We spend more of our 

time focusing on what is wrong with people than on what is right 

with them. And I think there is a good reason for this. As this is 

being written, near the end of 1999, the surgeon general issued 

a report that 22 percent of us can expect to experience a psychological 

disorder (some impairment in one's ability to function) 

during any given year and that 50 percent of us can expect 

to experience such a disorder at some time during our life. By 

definition, psychological disorders have a profound effect. They 

make it difficult, sometimes impossible, to get through our dayto- 

day routines. They can eat away at the foundation of our relationships 

with family, friends, and colleagues. And even if those 

who are suffering from a disorder manage to put on a good 

enough front to fool others, they do so while experiencing 

nearly unbearable levels of anxiety, depression, or loneliness.

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