You have a great need for other people to like and admire you. You have a tendency to be critical of yourself. You have a great deal of unused capacity which you have not turned to your advantage. While you have some personality weaknesses, you are generally able to compensate for them. Your sexual adjustment has presented problems for you. Disciplined and self-controlled outside, you tend to be worrisome and insecure inside. At times you have serious doubts as to whether you have made the right decision or done the right thing. You prefer a certain amount of change and variety and become dissatisfied when hemmed in by restrictions and limitations. You pride yourself as an independent thinker and do not accept others' statements without satisfactory proof. You have found it unwise to be too frank in revealing yourself to others. At times you are extroverted, affable, sociable, while at other times you are introverted, wary, reserved. Some of your aspirations tend to be pretty unrealistic. Security is one of your major goals in life.
Later studies have found that subjects give higher accuracy ratings if the following are true:
- the subject believes that the analysis applies only to him or her
- the subject believes in the authority of the evaluator
- the analysis lists mainly positive traits
The Forer effect(Barnum effect)，當一個人在缺乏安全感，自信心，情緒低落，對自已的生活失去控制感，心理上希望依賴別人，內心就渴望被人認同(因為自已不願面對自我)，逃避現實，這些心理狀態就好像被黑布蒙頭，特別容易受外來言語、行為所影響，什麼也看不清楚，「對號入座」。打破自已的懦弱，打破自已的恐懼，打破自已內心的爭扎，接受自已的懦弱，勇於嘗試，勇於面對自已缺陷，做正確就事不要猶豫太多，這些都是成長的必經之路，並無SHORTCUT。
Dickson, D.H.; Kelly, I.W.. The 'Barnum Effect' in Personality Assessment: A Review of the Literature. Psychological Reports.
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