Objective Personality Assessment

  • Paul T. CostaJr.
  • Robert R. McCrae


This chapter aims to provide a broad, empirically-based sketch of normal personality and its changes throughout adulthood. While it is not intended as a cookbook treatment of the application of objective tests to geriatric populations, it does attempt to make specific links between normal personality and clinical gerontology. One example of this is provided by a consideration of the male midlife crisis, that putatively universal, normative, developmental phase which at the same time can be considered a pre-geriatric clinical condition. Similarly, our theoretical discussion of openness to experience—a personality dimension relevant to the call for more humanistic approaches to aging—is supplemented by presentation of an instrument which may prove a useable operationalization of it. Objective personality assessment has a long and controversial past, but evidence and arguments presented here suggest that its careful use can make a substantial contribution to the field.


Objective Test Decimal Point Adult Personality Experience Inventory Liberal Thinking 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Paul T. CostaJr.
    • 1
    • 2
  • Robert R. McCrae
    • 2
  1. 1.Normative Aging StudyV. A. Outpatient ClinicUSA
  2. 2.University of Massachusetts at BostonUSA

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