A brief history of personality tests & how they lend themselves to misdirection

Smurf

Gold Meritorious SP
"The Oxford Capacity Analysis. The origins of the OCA are disputed, but all accounts agree that it was developed in the early 1950s at the behest of Scientology founder L. Ron Hubbard. Hubbard was fascinated by intelligence and personality tests, which were then very much in the scientific mainstream.

In 1950, his Dianetic Research Foundation ran a battery of tests—including the Minnesota Multiphasic Personality Inventory, the California Test of Mental Maturity, and the Johnson Temperament Analysis—to try to establish the beneficial effects of dianetic auditing. (The results were inconclusive.)"

http://www.psmag.com/books-and-cult...ally-broken-and-only-scientology-will-fix-you

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/health-stories-september-2015_55f877b3e4b0b48f6700f2b9
 

Jump

Operating teatime
"The Oxford Capacity Analysis. The origins of the OCA are disputed, but all accounts agree that it was developed in the early 1950s at the behest of Scientology founder L. Ron Hubbard. Hubbard was fascinated by intelligence and personality tests, which were then very much in the scientific mainstream.

In 1950, his Dianetic Research Foundation ran a battery of tests—including the Minnesota Multiphasic Personality Inventory, the California Test of Mental Maturity, and the Johnson Temperament Analysis—to try to establish the beneficial effects of dianetic auditing. (The results were inconclusive.)"

http://www.psmag.com/books-and-cult...ally-broken-and-only-scientology-will-fix-you

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/health-stories-september-2015_55f877b3e4b0b48f6700f2b9


I'd say the results were conclusive enough, because nothing favourable was published except the wild spruiking of an avaricious showman.


... and various required 'wins'.
 

AngeloV

Gold Meritorious Patron
The results or 'accuracy' of the OCA are immaterial. They are *always* used to get a person into scientology to 'fix' their personality/life problems.

My personality is my own. Why should I grade it against anyone else? Seems to me that these sorts of 'tests' are meant to introvert a person and make them feel inferior to 'better' personalities. IMHO, they serve no purpose.
 

phenomanon

Canyon
The results or 'accuracy' of the OCA are immaterial. They are *always* used to get a person into scientology to 'fix' their personality/life problems.

My personality is my own. Why should I grade it against anyone else? Seems to me that these sorts of 'tests' are meant to introvert a person and make them feel inferior to 'better' personalities. IMHO, they serve no purpose.

They serve the purpose of the Registrar.
 
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