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Self-report questionnaires (Advantages)

 No one else has access to more information than we have about our-selves and this information is rich in motivational and other introspective details
 Participants might be more motivated to talk about themselves rather than about another person
 Can control most response biases
 Inexpensive and quick way to gather a lot of data


Self-report questionnaires (disadvantages)

 Wording can influence the accuracy of the given answers
 Leaves room for biases (a systematic tendency to response to a range of questionnaires items on some basis other than the specific item content)
 Social desirability bias: Some people might try to place them in better light
• This can be reduced by giving a question e.g. sometimes I get angry. When the person answers never he might lie
 Acquiescent Responding: in which individuals agree with the responses without considering what the question is asking
• Can be reduced by balancing the scoring key of the questionnaire when construction the measurement
 Extreme responding: giving extreme ratings on scales
 People are predisposed toward self-enhancement (they try to maintain positivity about them-selves at the expense of being unrealistic)
 People might not know enough about them-selves to answer the question properly
 Making proper questionnaires takes a lot of time because a certain validity has to be guaranteed as well as cultural response differences have to be covered


Informant reports (advantages)

 Peers who observed a person over a long time in everyday life can judge the personality quite good
 Is more objective than self-report data
 More based on currently observable reality
 Informants are likely to have observed the target in many situations so they have a broader picture
 Potential to be inexpensive (internet)
 Multiple raters can lead to higher reliability
 Principle of aggregation: Due to receiving several information from different people the reliability increases
• Also implies that more than one method should be used in order to obtain a more accurate result


Informant report (disadvantage)

 Expensive to do
 Informants might be uncooperative and dishonest
 Personality is in the eye of the beholder
 Might be to positive about the target because they are friends or a family member
 Acquisition responding
 Extreme responding
 Fundamental attribution error: Explaining others behaviour with internal characteristics rather than situational factors
 Peers might not be able to predict how others would behave in more specific situations


Behavioral measures (advantage)

 Artificial and natural setting are possible (can lack of external validity)
• You can trigger a certain behaviour an artificial setting
 Can get situation specific information


Behavioural measures (Disadvantage)

 Ethical problems in observations, hard to develop coding schemes, time and money is needed to carry out proper observations
 Social desirability: because they are watched
• EIR: recorder which is activated without noticing the participant so he doesn’t feels watched
 The link between a behaviour and a specific personality characteristic might not be direct


Life outcome data

obtain records of the persons life which seems likely to be relevant to an individuals personality (e.g. using cell phone bill as measurement for sociability)


Life outcome data (advantages)

 Often report important outcomes in a person’s life
 Objective indicators of behaviour
 Demonstrates behaviour that occurs multiple times (higher validity)


Life out come data (disadvantages)

 Not always accurate enough, could be elicited by a different trait, event
 Might be influenced by stereotypes (e.g. if the bedroom is from am men or women)


Multiple Method Approach

o Helps to increase construct validity
o Gives the possibility for researcher to address new questions which would be not possible with only one methods
o Is not really fast data but the quality is much higher
o Principle of aggregation



accurate self-perceptions about how one typically thinks, feels, and behaves, and awareness of how those patterns are interpreted by others
o Biases: overestimating abilities and present them-selves more favourable than they rate others
 Seem to be automatic and effortless
o Self-perceptions are moderately reacted to how a person will act in a laboratory setting
o Correlation between self-knowledge and personality ratings: Is between 0,4 and 0,6
o Measurements for accuracy:
 Comparing to behavioural methods
 Comparing to informant methods
 Comparing their self-perceived reputation to the real one


Meta perception

You know how others see you (general)


Interior residue

Things in you room that you only use in your room (e.g. pens on the table)


Exterior residue

Thing that are in your room, but you generally use outside your room (e.g. Surfboard)


Self-directed identity claim

a thing you have because you like it (e.g. a plant)


Other directed identity claim

a thing you have to present others a certain trait of you


Cue Utilisation

Using cues to infer certain personality traits of a person


Zero acquaintance studies

When the observer doesn’t know the participant


Long acquaintance studies

When the observer does know the participant for a long time (certain cues provide more information)