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That "personality test" 

Hey folks, your resident former therapist and Master's educated elekkite here.

That personality test is not a valid psychological tool, and is using clinical terms in its results to non-validated questions. There currently exists NO clinical test that can diagnose you as histrionic, depressed, antisocial, anxious, etc etc all at once.

No shame if you take it or share your results. Personality tests can be fun! But people seem to be taking it to heart.

That "personality test" 

My concern is that literally all the results are negative, it's just a question of how negative (what does 20% anxious even mean?). And the aftermath is that a lot of us who suffer from mental illness are going into depression/anxiety spirals after taking this test.

Again, NO JUDGMENT from me. I'm not mad :). Just want to urge caution on this one.

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That "personality test" 

@sandrockcstm
Honestly, yeah.

I answered that I like myself, that I like telling jokes, that I like being around people. And that I've been depressed before.

And it told me I was super histronic and manipulative and would do anything for attention and shit like that. And narcissistic for thinking I'm pretty nice.

And I'm like, excuse? How do you think I'm hyper manipulative because I'm aware I'm an extrovert and I know I'm pretty good with people????

That "personality test" 

@magicalmilly Yeah, most online personality tests are relatively harmless, but the second you start telling people they are or aren't clinically depressed, anxious, bipolar, or have a personality disorder, it's moved from horoscope-like to harmful. I'm honestly blown away that they doubled down on the language.

That "personality test" 

@sandrockcstm
For real. Like. Just look at the description they gave me back under Ellie's og thread. It's horrid.

That "personality test" 

@sandrockcstm I'm frankly surprised I didn't spiral on it. Maybe because it told me what I already knew from the getgo, idk. Or I'm just that inured.

That "personality test" 

@sandrockcstm
yeah I'm not master's educated (yet) but that test seemed to be... not great. awful questions, broad, reductionist. not very good methodology and their personality results don't match up with any theory or analysis I've ever seen

That "personality test" 

@katastrophe Yeah, it's pretty bad. I guarantee it isn't based on any research and has never been empirically tested, much less validated in a double blind study.

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@kaniini This is a fantastic summary, thank you for writing this up!

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@kaniini @sandrockcstm How significant is it that the test uses binary responses instead of something like five-point Likert items? This choice struck me as very unpleasant when I poked at it earlier - there is no way to say "this is neither fully true of me nor fully false", because all answers were forced to the extremes.

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@packbat @kaniini

It's significant. On its own that would be cause to rule the test invalid for methodological reasons in most cases.

To overcome it you would basically have to "link" it to another evaluation that did the same thing but had high validity (similar to how judges make rulings based on "precedent") and asked similar questions (such an evaluation doesn't exist as far as I know).

Add everything else and it's a disaster clinically speaking.

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@kaniini @packbat

Hmmm, this is actually different than what I was taught in my program. We were told that, while binary questions and answers could work, they often skewed tests towards less validity because the reasons packbat listed. Most of the evaluations we used consisted of likert scales, or were open ended in nature. Yes/no were usually reserved for questions concerning safety.

The Beck Depression Inventory comes to mind as a likert-focused test.

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@kaniini Gotcha, I'm following now.

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@kaniini @sandrockcstm Would something like "the paint peeling off the car shouldn't concern us much given that the car is currently on fire" be a fair metaphorical paraphrase of your response? Essentially, that there is already something so much more obviously wrong here that it's not clear this issue changes our assessment at all.

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@kaniini @sandrockcstm (And also the car being on fire could well be the /reason/ the paint is peeling.)

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