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date: 24 February 2020

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This article describes the California Psychological Inventory (CPI) and presents a brief overview of how it has been used. It also discusses Harrison Gough's philosophy of test construction, and how it guided the development and evolution of the CPI. In addition, the article provides a brief description of the twenty current CPI folk construct scales, focusing on their construction and the correlates of high and low scores. This is followed by a brief account of the CPI's factor structure and a discussion of the CPI's three vector scales assessing the dimensions of person orientation, values orientation, and level of realization. The article looks at how CPI's three vector scales are used to define four personality types. The concluding section offers a brief overview of CPI interpretation.

Keywords: California Psychological Inventory, test construction, personality types, Harrison Gough, vector scales, person orientation, values orientation, level of realization

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