Several different personality inventories and the Strong Vocational Interest Blank were studied, item by item, for evidences of any common patterns of interests or personality traits of students in the highest and lowest thirds of a beginning course in psychology. The aim was to find what personality qualities might be associated with ability to succeed in the elementary study of psychology. Some significant differences were discovered, showing distinct personality qualities of the two groups. In general it was found that the high group is certain of its opinions, is radical, is introvert, is emotionally stable, has intellectual interests, is characterized by a lack of self-assurance, is socially competent, and emotionally sensitive, as contrasted with the low group which is indifferent or uncertain in its interests, lacks emotional sensitivity, has a high feeling of self-assurance, is conservative, is extravertive, is egocentric, and is emotionally unstable.
Proceedings of the Iowa Academy of Science
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Douglass, Leigh C. and Day, Janet
"Interests and Personaloty Traits of Undergraduate Students in Relation to Their Success or Failure in the Study of Psychology,"
Proceedings of the Iowa Academy of Science, 45(1), 279-279.
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