“Intelligence” generally refers to one’s ability to: adapt to one’s environment, learn and retain information, think logically, engage in abstract reasoning, comprehend complex concepts, and effectively solve problems. Although general intelligence usually remains constant, IQ scores can and do change over time depending upon one’s personal, biological, social, and environmental factors. For that reason, the best measure of one’s intellectual capabilities is by means of an individually administered multi-dimensional test (WISC-V or WAIS-4) whereby the evaluator is able to interpret responses and scores in light of client’s situational and interpersonal circumstances.
Everyone has a unique personality that continues to evolve throughout life. While we are clearly born with a certain temperament, and are strongly affected by genetic propensities and life experiences, we still have the ability to cultivate or direct certain personality traits and states. Becoming what we wish to be, begins with an understanding from whence we came and then choosing to become how we wish to be.
Personality testing includes a social history, a clinical interview, and the administration of standardized personality and projective tests that compares the client’s responses to others with similar educational and social-economic backgrounds.
The findings will describe the client’s personality traits which are the more stable, consistent patterns of behavioral and emotional responses to perceived events versus the client’s personality states that are the more transient, fleeting pattern of behavioral and emotional responses to perceived events.
Knowledge, desire, and the exercise of our free will allows us to become more of whom we wish to be. “Trend is not destiny.”