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Acquiescence and Social Desirability: Psychometric Bogeymen

It seems obvious to may lay persons and professional psychologists that people are likely to misrepresent themselves on personality tests, especially when being evaluated. After some 50 years of research, strong evidence for this alleged problem is lacking. Nonetheless, belief in response sets and styles continues, just like children's belief in the bogeyman. Read More

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John A. Johnson, Ph.D., is a professor of psychology at Pennsylvania State University.

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