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If you are a smart person facing a psychology questionaire.... - Input Junkie
October 2nd, 2013
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If you are a smart person facing a psychology questionaire....
From a psychology student who has requested that I trim what I quoted:
Tests are typically written at a fourth or fifth grade reading level, so they can be taken by adults with little education or poor reading skills, or who are competent but not perfectly fluent in the language it’s given in. This is why many questions are written in simplistic language. It’s also why there tend to be multiple short questions on similar topics rather than one long, complex question covering all possible exceptions and ramifications.

If you’re willing to take a test, you will get the most out of it if you answer honestly but not necessarily with absolute literal readings of the questions when it occurs to you that they’re not meant literally, use your judgment about answering questions which strike you as stigmatizing, and elaborate as needed in discussion afterward.

There's probably some overestimation of how easy it is for all smart people to guess at the mainstream interpretation, but I expect this will be useful for at least some of the people reading it.

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Date:October 3rd, 2013 05:27 am (UTC)
I remember once I had to take an honesty test as part of applying for a job; I also remember thinking I knew the answers they wanted but told the truth anyway. I didn't get the job. I told a friend of mine about this, and she said, "Oh, I took that test. I lied my ass off and got the job."
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Date:October 3rd, 2013 11:15 am (UTC)
They wanted to weed out the honest people, who just cause too much trouble.
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Date:October 3rd, 2013 06:51 am (UTC)
"Have you ever hurt yourself on purpose?"

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