Personality Assessment

Level: Professional Development

By successfully completing this course, you will:

  • Gain skills and knowledge in Personality Assessment to expand an existing practice, as a foundation qualification towards further studies, or for personal interest
  • Be awarded the BSY Professional Certificate of Merit
  • Be eligible to become a member of AHCP (Association of Complementary Practitioners)

You can study this course from the comfort of your own home; in your own time and at your own pace; with helpful support and encouragement from our friendly tutors.

Course overview

Success in many vocations depends upon skills in sizing people up. Personality assessment skills are important not only to such professionals as counsellors, therapists and social workers, but also to the doctor or lawyer, the business man, the salesman, and the teacher. The aim of this course is to enable you to achieve a balanced viewpoint regarding the best approach in diagnosing and assessing a personality.


  • Lesson One
    • Introduction
    • Perceptions and Misconceptions of People
      • Over-Simplification
      • Rigidity
      • Egocentricity and Projection
      • Naïve Personality Theories and Stereotypes
      • Perceptual Styles
      • Belief in the Correctness of our Interpretations
  • Lesson Two
    • Understanding Personality
      • The Shaping of Personality
    • Personality Theories
      • The Trait Approach
      • Personality Types
      • Traits Versus Types
      • What are Basic Traits?
      • Evaluation of the Trait Approach
  • Lesson Three
    • Personality Theories (Continued)
      • The Social Learning Approach
      • Reinforcement in Learning and Performance
      • Reciprocal Interaction of Person and Situation
      • Person Variables
      • Self-Generated Environments
      • Evaluation of Social Learning Approach
      • The Psychoanalytic Approach
      • Personality Structure
      • Evaluation of Psychoanalytic Theory
      • The Phenomenological Approach
      • Self Theory
      • Evaluation of the Phenomenological Approach
  • Lesson Four
    • The Consistency of the Personality
      • Primacy and Recency Effects
      • Cues and their Interpretation
  • Lesson Five
    • Practicable Methods of Assessment
      • Observational Methods
      • Personality Inventories
      • Problems with Personality Inventories
  • Lesson Six
    • Personal Concepts
      • Physical Appearance
      • Competence
      • Similarity
      • The Attribution Process
      • Covariance Rule
      • Discounting Rule
      • Inferring One’s Own Personality Traits

Practical training

No practical training is required to complete this course.