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personality Idioms & Phrases


anal personality

  • noun (psychoanalysis) a personality characterized by meticulous neatness and suspicion and reserve; said to be formed in early childhood by fixation during the anal stage of development (usually as a consequence of toilet training)
    anal personality.
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anal retentive personality

  • noun (psychoanalysis) a personality characterized by meticulous neatness and suspicion and reserve; said to be formed in early childhood by fixation during the anal stage of development (usually as a consequence of toilet training)
    anal personality.
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antisocial personality disorder

  • noun a personality disorder characterized by amorality and lack of affect; capable of violent acts without guilt feelings (`psychopathic personality' was once widely used but was superseded by `sociopathic personality' to indicate the social aspects of the disorder, but now `antisocial personality disorder' is the preferred term)
    psychopathic personality; antisocial personality disorder.
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california personality inventory

  • noun a self-report personality inventory originally derived from the MMPI; consists of several hundred yes-no questions and yields scores on a number of scales including dominance and self acceptance and self control and socialization and achievement etc.
    CPI.
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cult of personality

  • noun intense devotion to a particular person
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eysenck personality inventory

  • noun a self-report personality inventory based on Hans Eysenck's factor analysis of personality which assumes three basic factors (the two most important being extraversion to introversion and neuroticism)
    EPI.
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genital personality

  • noun (psychoanalysis) the mature personality which is not dominated by infantile pleasure drives
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minnesota multiphasic personality inventory

  • noun a self-report personality inventory consisting of 550 items that describe feelings or actions which the person is asked to agree with or disagree with; many scales estimating traits and qualities of personality have been developed using MMPI items
    MMPI.
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multiple personality

  • noun a relatively rare dissociative disorder in which the usual integrity of the personality breaks down and two or more independent personalities emerge
    multiple personality.
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narcissistic personality

  • noun personality marked by self-love and self-absorption; unrealistic views about your own qualities and little regard for others
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obsessive-compulsive personality

  • noun personality characterized by a strong need to repeat certain acts or rituals
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oral personality

  • noun (psychoanalysis) a personality characterized either by generous optimism or aggressive and ambitious selfishness; formed in early childhood by fixation during the oral stage of development
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personality assessment

  • noun a questionnaire that is supposed to yield a description of a person's personality traits
    personality assessment.
    • a personality inventory is a direct test of personality, as contrasted with a projective test
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personality disorder

  • noun inflexible and maladaptive patterns of behavior
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personality inventory

  • noun a questionnaire that is supposed to yield a description of a person's personality traits
    personality assessment.
    • a personality inventory is a direct test of personality, as contrasted with a projective test
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personality test

  • noun any test that is intended to assess personality
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psychopathic personality

  • noun a personality disorder characterized by amorality and lack of affect; capable of violent acts without guilt feelings (`psychopathic personality' was once widely used but was superseded by `sociopathic personality' to indicate the social aspects of the disorder, but now `antisocial personality disorder' is the preferred term)
    psychopathic personality; antisocial personality disorder.
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schizotypal personality

  • noun characterized by symptoms similar to but less severe than schizophrenia
    schizoid.
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self-report personality inventory

  • noun a personality inventory in which a person is asked which of a list of traits and characteristics describe her or him or to indicate which behaviors and hypothetical choices he or she would make
    self-report inventory.
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sixteen personality factor questionnaire

  • noun a self-report personality inventory developed by Raymond B. Cattell to measure the 16 personality dimensions that emerged from his factor analysis of a wide range of traits
    16 PF.
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sociopathic personality

  • noun a personality disorder characterized by amorality and lack of affect; capable of violent acts without guilt feelings (`psychopathic personality' was once widely used but was superseded by `sociopathic personality' to indicate the social aspects of the disorder, but now `antisocial personality disorder' is the preferred term)
    psychopathic personality; antisocial personality disorder.
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split personality

  • noun a relatively rare dissociative disorder in which the usual integrity of the personality breaks down and two or more independent personalities emerge
    multiple personality.
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