Psychology Interview Essay
- Does the interviewee remember information more accurately if he or she observes the behavior being performed or does he/she prefer to read how the behavior is performed?
The interviewee stated that he will be able to easily remember how a behavior is performed if he read about it; that’s why he prefers the second choice (Carducci, 2008). Also, he admitted that if any occurrence or behavior is to be observed only, he is more likely not to be able to recall it especially that he has a countless things on his mind and numerous things listed on his “to do list” (Carducci, 2008).
Comparing him to myself though, I prefer the opposite. I have proven to myself countless of times that I remember more clearly those occurrences or behaviors if I see it being performed. I prefer to observe since I am the type who remembers anything that I have paid careful attention to.
- Does the interviewee prefers studying in a library, or at home where there are background noises and some distractions?
My friend opts to stay in the house to study (Carducci, 2008). He says he cannot focus on his lessons without his personal computer and subwoofers switched on (Carducci, 2008). It is very important that something noisy is present while he studies because otherwise he might just doze off and not accomplish anything at the end of the day (Carducci, 2008). He also stated that he likes to walk around the living room or his own room while reading his lessons aloud (Carducci, 2008). This is another major reason why he does not want to study in the library; he says “I will only be asked to keep quiet and may even be requested to leave the premises if I study in that manner” (Carducci, 2008).
I cannot do what he does though. I am the type who would be more efficient and effective in studying if I stay in a quiet place like the library. I prefer to stay there if my purpose is to grasp the readings and lessons that the exam will cover. In addition to that, the references that I need for further inquiry are found there and so I must stay in the library to study; computers are available as well in case I need online references. Reading/reviewing while listening to music or any kind of distraction involving sounds just does not go together for me.
III. Had the person you are interviewing taken the Myers Briggs test? Report the results.
Yes, the interviewee already experienced taking the Myers Briggs test (Humanmetrics, 2007). The following feedback resulted from the “Carl Jung and Isabel Myers-Briggs typological approach to personality” (Humanmetrics, 2007). According to the aforementioned, the interviewee is “very expressed extravert; that he possesses slightly expressed sensing personality; that he has a moderately expressed thinking personality; as well as slightly expressed judging personality” (Humanmetrics, 2007). He is then excessively extroverted, slightly thinking, moderately sensing, and to some extend a perceiving individual (Humanmetrics, 2007).
The results that I got after answering numerous questions are the following: “that I am distinctively expressed introvert; moderately expressed intuitive personality; moderately expressed feeling personality; and distinctively expressed judging personality” (Humanmetrics, 2007). It says that I am introverted and equally judging; as well as, intuitive and equally feeling (Humanmetrics, 2007).
- Which experiences does this person feel contributed most in the development of his/her personality?
The interviewee stated that there were countless experiences that he went through (Carducci, 2008). He believes that all these contributed largely in the development of his personality (Carducci, 2008).
First of all, he comes from an unprivileged family (Carducci, 2008). During his elementary and high school days, he struggled too much as he cannot even go to school everyday because there was no money to be spent on food (Carducci, 2008). He said it was too difficult to stay focused in the lessons or anything that’s going on in the classroom with an empty stomach for two or three days straight (Carducci, 2008).
Second, his father usually does not have a job (Carducci, 2008). In cases where he finds one, the longest time that he is able to stay is only four weeks (Carducci, 2008). This is because he is a drunkard and sometimes would go to work extremely drunk (Carducci, 2008). Since such behavior poses great threat to other employees, eventually he is fired (Carducci, 2008).
Third, his father comes home without money and would check on the fridge if there was food to eat (Carducci, 2008). If he does not find anything, he would lash out at his mother and/or attack her (Carducci, 2008). His mother would be whipped, slapped, punched, and even thrown (Carducci, 2008). If he tries to protect his mother and fight his father off, then they would both get hurt at the end of the day (Carducci, 2008).
Fourth, his mother would release her anger on him and his brothers and sisters (Carducci, 2008). She would shout at them, threaten them that she is going to leave them behind because she could no longer take it (Carducci, 2008). She would state that her life would not be so excruciatingly difficult if she did not have a husband and children like them (Carducci, 2008).
Fifth, his little sister turned suicidal because of the family problems that they went through (Carducci, 2008). He would feel hopeless and helpless because of his little sisters numerous attempts (Carducci, 2008).
Sixth, his father was sent to prison because of violence against women and children (Carducci, 2008). He feels hurt but at the same time relieved that he no longer has to put up with him (Carducci, 2008).
Seventh, before he can even recover from his “loss”, he feels he is going to lose another important loved one again as his mother remarries a younger man (Carducci, 2008).
It turned out though that his stepfather is a nice, brilliant, open-minded man who cares deeply for his mother and for his brothers and sisters (Carducci, 2008). In fact, he sent him to one of the best schools when he decided he wanted to attend college and finish a Baccalaureate course (Carducci, 2008). He also sent his brothers and sisters to school (Carducci, 2008). In addition to that, he put up a small flower shop for his mother who finished BS Management in college; he said it is about time that his mother also attends to enriching her own career (Carducci, 2008). He also bought each and everyone their needs (and even some of their wants); in fact, he got a personal computer, his brothers received game boy, his sisters got branded dolls, etc (Carducci, 2008).
His stepfather also brought him to places that he has never been into including the following: “Transamerica Pyramid, Bank of America, Chinatown, Lombard Street, Haight-Ashbury, Coit Memorial Tower, Golden Gate Bridge, San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, California Academy of Sciences, Palace of Fine Arts, Presidio, Alcatraz, University of California, Berkeley” (Carducci, 2008). The trip gave him an opportunity to bond with someone who can be a father to him, who can guide him as he goes along, and who can protect him as he battles with life’s surprises and difficulties (Carducci, 2008).
He learned to be strong as he went through poverty, abuse from his father, etc (Carducci, 2008). He became even stronger when his extra nice stepfather came along (Carducci, 2008). The training that he got from his stepfather and the good examples showed to him played a large role in the development of his personality (Carducci, 2008).
I have my own experiences as well that helped in the development of my personality.
First of all, I have a mother who is very supportive and proud of whatever I have accomplished.
Second, I was brought up to be a nice individual, not hurting anyone, helping people in need, putting God at the center of life, etc. Such values were instilled in me because the people around me exhibited/portrayed great examples.
Third, I experienced being sent to the best schools and so I have learned the proper ethics, training, and etiquette.
Fourth, I have witnessed my mom’s battle with ovarian cancer. In spite of being given only a few months to live, she showed me how determined she was in fighting that illness. She showed me her strength, as well as, her faith. I grew to be almost like her, never losing hope and always believing in God.
Last but not least, I am also surrounded with friends who are extremely serious and concerned with life. I only have a few friends, which probably explains, why I am introverted, but I am proud to say that they are all true friends. I have developed a positive personality partly because of them as well.
- Does this person feel that he/she is self-monitoring in regards to his/her attitudes?
How or how not?
The interviewee believes that he is not at all “self-monitoring” (Carducci, 2008). He admits he would probably be more scared if he would be one (Carducci, 2008). He also feels that he were like that, he would not know what to do since he will turn more conscious about the negative occurrences and may all the more exhibit the negative attitudes that he observed (Carducci, 2008).
On the other hand, I am the “self-monitoring” type since I tend to reminisce about everything that happens to me. I think about it seriously and try to realize what needs to be learned from it and apply it in life. I make sure to try to instill another positive attitude or value to improve my personality.
- What does the interviewee feel was the strongest influence on his/her attitudes?
His stepfather contributed largely to the interviewee’s attitudes as he is the one who showed and instilled good values on him (Carducci, 2008). Without him and his examples, his personality would not have been developed into a positive/good one (Carducci, 2008). He is also relieved that his stepfather had the strongest influence on his attitude instead of his real father who has never been a good example to him (Carducci, 2008).
VII. What role does your interviewee feel a persons race, gender, or ethnicity play when forming that persons personality and attitudes?
Ethnicity, gender, and race are three concepts that may be subjected to stereotyping and so an individuals’ personality/attitude may be greatly affected if these three factors come into play (Carson et. al., 1992).
I believe it can as well; but it only will if a person consents to it. See, stereotyping is subjective, and so if only people can be objective enough then ethnicity, gender, and race will not be able to play a role in the development of one’s personality, at least not in the negative manner.
VIII. Does this person feel he/she is better at tasks when intrinsically motivated or extrinsically motivated?
The interviewee is more comfortable with “extrinsic motivation” or when an incentive or reward is provided (Meyers, 2004). Meanwhile, I am at ease with its opposite.
Carducci, I.C. (2008). Personal Interview.
Carson, R.C. & Butcher, J.N. (1992). The World of Abnormal Psychology. New York: Harper
Humanmetrics. (2007). Jung Typology Test. Retrieved January 24, 2008 from
Meyers, D. (2004). Psychology: Seventh Edition. New York: Worth Publishers.
University/College: University of Arkansas System
Type of paper: Thesis/Dissertation Chapter
Date: 17 February 2017
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