Time and again, for one reason or another, the issue of “Psychological Test” comes to fore, goes to public notice. Questions are asked. Doubts are raised. And so far, to this date and time, the matter is eventually forgotten and life goes on as usual. This is why, without getting into intricacies and profundities, it might be not only practical but also proper to address the subject matter briefly and simply – with malice towards none, with good will towards all.
For a start, it is but right to say that what is really relevant is not simply “Psychological Tests” as usually heard but “Psychological Tests Results” as a whole and in the concrete. Needless to say, the phrase has three terms thereby forwarding three different realities: Psychology. Tests. Results. Needless to say, the three words mean three different things. But taken together, they say something sober and sobering.
In general and in a nutshell, “Psychology” has reference to the study of one’s mental make-up, attitudinal posture, personality constitution. This is going beyond and external features of an individual. This is precisely taking a look into the constructs of one’s person – such as intellectual, emotional, and motivational features. “Tests” – plural – are the means used to make the said “look” into someone’s interior configuration. The tests are ordinarily administered through written questionnaires and direct interviews. “Results” – also plural – are the readings usually done by a clinical psychologists in conjunction with the different internal features of the one thus tested.
“Psychological Tests Results” are now mostly required in civil marriage annulments. It is also sought for the selection of individuals aspiring for certain key positions or offices in government. The Church in the Philippines likewise requires the periodic administration of Psychological Tests and their consequent readings or results in connection with candidates for priesthood – so that the seminary authorities come to know and decide who among them may stay to continue their priestly formation or who should leave the seminary for other life ventures.
From the above, certain key and practical conclusions come to order: The right person should have the right office, the right state of life at the right time and place. Otherwise, the person is dishonored or defiled for his or her incapacity, incompetence, and inefficiency. This also has a big bearing on the persons directly or indirectly affected by such personal liabilities. In other words, “Psychological Tests Results” acquire more importance and more significance the higher is the public office held, the more difficult is a state of life. Lastly, let it be well noted that when someone is proven psychologically impaired, this is usually due to an impairing background or environ that is not really his or her own making.