Researching Personality Traits: Nomothetic and Idiographic Analysis

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The combination of traits that makes a person unique is his or her:

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1. Looking for common patterns in people's personalities is called the _____ approach.

2. Nomothetic psychologists measure personality via:

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

This quiz and worksheet set was designed to help you assess your knowledge of nomothetic and idiographic analysis in personality research. The questions will check your understanding of the combination of traits that makes a person unique and the nomothetic approach.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

Use this printable worksheet and quiz to review:

  • The combination of traits that make a person unique
  • What type of approach involves finding common patterns in people's personalities
  • The approach that looks at individuals to understand personalities

Skills Practiced

This worksheet and quiz will let you practice the following skills:

  • Interpreting information - verify you can read information regarding what psychologists do not use to measure a person's personality when they believe in the idiographic approach
  • Distinguishing differences - compare and contrast topics from the lesson, such as the different methods to understand personalities
  • Knowledge application - use your knowledge to answer questions about the name of the process for measuring something via tests

Additional Learning

To see which analysis methods use in personality research, review the corresponding lesson called Researching Personality Traits: Nomothetic and Idiographic Analysis. This lesson will help you:

  • Understand what a person's personality is
  • Identify the two different approaches to study a person's personality
  • Explain the characteristics of the nomothetic approach
  • Describe how an idiographic approach differs from the nomothetic
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