Current State of Psychological Testing

As this is my second post it is important that I set the ground for what is to come. It is crucial that you understand the context of our achievements so you can fully appreciate the significance of our accomplishments with the technologies I intend to introduce to you slowly through this blog. I will raise questions that have never been raised to help define the limits of the world we currently live in. Hopefully for those of you following with a keen interest will immediately see the potential of what we propose as it was not possible before.

The rest of this post is written in a scientific manner, however I will summarize at the end.

The following are excerpts from Supporting Documentation we have made available here and on the NPT Publications page.

Psychological measurements of personality are often described as objective tests, projective tests and psycho-semantic tests.

Objective tests have a restricted response format, allowing for true or false answers or rating using an ordinal scale.  Prominent examples of objective personality tests include the Minnesota Multiphasic Personality Inventory, the Millon Clinical Multiaxial Inventory-III, the Child Behavior Checklist, and the Beck Depression Inventory.

Projective tests allow for a freer type of response.  An example of this would be the Rorschach test, in which a person states what each of ten ink blots might be.

As improved sampling and statistical methods developed, much controversy regarding the utility and validity of projective testing has occurred.  The use of clinical judgement rather than norms and statistics to evaluate people’s characteristics has convinced many that projective tests are deficient and unreliable (results are too dissimilar each time a test is given to the same person).

The methods described above have a number of serious deficiencies.  The direct methods of psycho-diagnostics based on self-reporting reveal only consciously realised and not actual operating motives. Even adequately realised motives can be distorted during testing because of their various social desirabilities and therefore socially undesirable motives are masked and socially desirable motives are demonstrated.

Psycho-semantic tests are free of the above described defects.  The psycho-semantic approach allows the researcher to gain access to knowledge of how people think which is not always available to the people themselves. In psycho-semantics, the task for the individual is to provide some classification about a topic. The response could be a judgment of similarity, an indication of the extent to which she or he agrees or disagrees with a statement, or some other association. There are many different types of responses that are possible with this technique.

The psycho-semantic approach uses a hypothesis that the psyche and a person’s previous experiences are organized by semantic principle and that humans are the product of information of their surrounding environment.  Any traits, influences, abilities, etc are described and experienced through words, pictures, and sounds. Information is categorized and prioritized by emotions throughout one’s life.  The major content of our informational being is not accessible to our conscious mind it belongs to our subconscious mind.

The overwhelming majority of the methods of studying the psyche have not represented physical measurements. They neither maintained metrological requirements nor applied them consistently in experiments.

We require psychological methods which allow us to use not only theoretical but also practical applications to learn mental functions without the influence of the conscious mind of the participant being tested. Applied on a subconscious level, psycho-semantic methods provide diagnostically significant structurally quantitative information for the organization of individual systems of values and attitudes.

The subconsciously applied psycho-semantic method appears indirectly, presented to the examinee in the form of an appealing game.  The content-analysis of scientific literature allows us to isolate the most important aspects for actual application testing.  In this regard, we intend to identify a group of elements within the psycho-semantic sphere relating to destructive motives of specifically defined groups.

Summary

When you are sick you go to a doctor. They run tests that provide them with accurate data about what you are experiencing and with that knowledge determine a course of treatment. How do we as a society currently tell if someone is experiencing a physical or a psychological problem? Outside of the very obvious, there is no immediate way to tell. In the lack of evidence that supports any physical claim most people will be misdiagnosed over and over unless a solution is actively and aggressively sought after. What does this mean? Someone with a psychological problem who for example doesn’t sleep well or eat well and can’t be accurately diagnosed by today’s standards will receive prescription after prescription that will attempt to alleviate their symptoms, but not provide a cure.

Would this be an acceptable procedure in medical science for physical ailments? Absolutely not. Why is this the case here? The current psychological field has no tools in which to accurately diagnose patients in the same manner medical science does. What would be different if the human race had access to tests that could immediately diagnose psychological problems? Imagine how many lives could be saved, tragedies averted, quality of life exponentially raised and maintained, money saved personally and institutionally and especially time, precious life all saved, not needlessly wasted.

Northam Psychotechnolgies is here to present tests; real time, cost effective, simple to administer, that provide immediate results, tests that will properly diagnose patients with psychological problems the first time thanks to SSRM Tek technology. This is but one of the many applications of the many technologies NPT has developed to aid in detecting, identifying and treating people on a subconscious level worldwide.

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