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Dr Phil's Test
(Dr Phil scored 55 he did this test on Oprah - - she got a 38)
However, Dr Phil did not create the personality test as claimed and he has denied having any connection to it whatsoever. Show notes on the Dr Phil website explain:
Not Dr. Phil's Online Personality Test!And, in another video segment hosted on his site, Dr Phil lists the supposed personality test as among the top five Internet scams that use his name and reiterates that he does not have a personality test.
Nina writes: Dear Dr. Phil, I recently took your online personality test. Can you really tell my personality type by what color I like, or if I sit with my legs crossed, or the position I sleep in or how fast I walk? My test results were that I'm the lively center of attention. That couldn't be further from the truth. Dr. Phil, is this for real?
Sincerely, Nina, Marina del Ray, California
Dr. Phil breaks the news that he doesn't have a personality test on the Internet. "Those people are ripping off my name, they are ripping off my trademark, they are ripping off the copyright. So, no, I don't have a personality test. It's bogus," he says.
It appears that the test was republished in a 1979 issue of "New Woman"
The test has also been posted in other contexts and attributed to Dr Vine. Other information about the alleged Dr Vine remains hard to find.
So what of the personality test itself? Like other such tests and online games, it may have some value as entertainment. In some cases, the test may appear to effectively predict personality types, at least in a superficial way.
But, of course, people are far too complex to be effectively categorized by such a rudimentary test. Clinically recognized personality tests are considerably more comprehensive and scientifically formulated.
About.com's Kendra Cherry describes the issue thusly:
As you start looking at all of the different personality assessments that are available, you will probably notice one thing quite quickly: there are a lot of "informal" tests out there! Just a simple online search will turn up an enormous range of quizzes and tests designed to tell you something about your personality.And, in truth, even properly constructed and administered personality tests are problematical and have significant limitations. Such tests are useful as guidelines and for diagnostic purposes, but I'd suggest that there is no one psychological test that can effectively nail down the "personality" of any one member of our amazingly complex species.
Let's make one thing clear – the vast majority of these quizzes that you'll encounter online are just for fun. They can be entertaining and they might even give you a little insight into your personality, but they are in no way formal, scientific assessments of personality.
Last updated: November 26, 2013
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