Our underlying personality is rather static, but the way we see it is affected by our upbringing and education, as well as by our intelligence (ability to reason). Thus, we may have been taught either to emphasise or suppress aspects of our personality. However, if we can understand what our personality is, we can then make better use of the strengths it gives us, and make allowances for the resultant weaknesses. Because personality is relatively unchanging through adult life, this understanding will be of long-term value to us.
3P is an integrated test that can be used to: a) analyse the personality, b) predict the behaviour of an individual, c) assess and select staff, d) offer occupational guidance, e) assist with personal development, f) assist with clinical diagnosis, particularly neurosis, anxiety, adjustment, and behavioural problems, g) predict marital compatibility and satisfaction, h) help identify students with potential emotional, social and academic problems.
The test is based on internationally accepted personality factors which shape up human behaviour independent of cultural differences. These factors are: Warmth, Reasoning, Emotional stability, Assertiveness, Gregariousness, Dutifulness, Friendliness, Sensitivity, Distrust, Imagination, Reserve, Self-reproach, Radicalism, Self-sufficiency, Orderliness, and Tension. The interpretation of each of these factors is based on research carried out by Professor Marlowe Embree. There is also a special factor which is used to measure the degree of consistency of the answers given by the subject and can be considered as a truth score.
From the study of the results produced by the test, we can understand better ourselves and plan for our future. However, no one can claim that there is an “ideal” personality or an “ideal” measurement. Therefore, the scores achieved by the majority of people (e.g. a Sten score between 4 and 7) can only be considered as benchmarks that guide and inform the counsellor and the subject alike.