personality test


Definition of personality test

: any of several tests that consist of standardized tasks designed to determine various aspects of the personality or the emotional status of the individual examined

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In a similar group, members were encouraged to share the results of a personality test that compared individuals to Nazi party leaders. Dan Patterson, CBS News, "8chan users are moving to Discord, where your kids are playing video games," 26 Aug. 2019 There are personality tests, crosswords, and even games and other resources for things like conflict resolution. Erinne Magee, Good Housekeeping, "Long-Distance Relationship Tips for Couples Who Are Separated by Miles," 5 Sep. 2019 As a preemptive screening process, candidates were asked to take lengthy personality tests, cognitive performance and logic tests, and even a typing assessment. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Ex-Googler’s startup studio picks 2 San Diego scientists to lead first venture," 24 Aug. 2019 Data collected through a seemingly benign personality test on Facebook was provided to Cambridge Analytica, a controversial data firm that worked for Donald Trump's presidential campaign. Seth Fiegerman, CNN, "FaceApp's viral success proves we will never take our digital privacy seriously," 17 July 2019 Kogan was responsible for developing the app used by Cambridge Analytica to harvest data from Facebook users in the guise of a harmless personality test. Colin Lecher, The Verge, "FTC sues Cambridge Analytica and restricts former CEO’s business activity," 24 July 2019 What Kaiser and other former Cambridge employees revealed is that the company got use of information from a questionable personality test put together by Facebook. Los Angeles Times, "Review: Be afraid. Be very afraid of big data. The documentary ‘The Great Hack’ tells us why," 23 July 2019 The former Cambridge University psychology professor created an online personality test app in 2014 that vacuumed up the personal data of as many as 87 million Facebook users . Washington Post, "APNewsBreak: Data scientist drops Facebook defamation suit," 2 July 2019 This ability can’t be detected by a personality test. Sam Walker, WSJ, "The Privilege Trap: Can Rich Kids Become Good Leaders?," 6 Oct. 2018

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1914, in the meaning defined above

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