Personal Assessment Tests

Personal Assessment Tests
1). Self Portrait 
Respectful to other cultures, responsible, organized, keen on details,
enjoy spending time with family and friends, and hardworking
The Ancestral heritage
North American, white, Dutch- Irish, I do not speak Dutch language only
English, family oriented
Future aspirations
Complete my studies, relax, enjoy life with my family (wife & dog), tour
countries across the globe, and become a novelist and chronicle the life
lessons that I have learned ever since I was a child Prejudices and
difficulties in interacting with other people
I hate pessimistic, mean, impatient, and unreasonable people I am kind,
optimistic, patient and passionate about helping others. I volunteer
occasionally, such as donating blood. Description
Since I am a social person with several school, family and personal
responsibilities to achieve, I ensure that I meet all these expectations
through effective planning. This picture portrays me in my desk when
preparing a budget and time plan. As the picture portrays, I have two
pieces of paper. I use one paper for preparing one-month budget in
advance. This helps me to allocate cash for holiday, family gathering
and donations. On the second paper, I make a list of events that I will
participate within the subsequent month. The significance of preparing a
schedule of events in advance is avoiding giving too much attention to
some events while neglecting others. Moreover, at 47 years old, I am
susceptible to forgetting some essential things. To avoid these
inconveniences, I prefer creating “to-do” list that will guide me in
accomplishing all the essential responsibilities. I have a special
preference for outdoor activities such as walking, camping, swimming and
hiking with my wife and dog. I also do most of the endless projects
around the house. This makes planning and sticking to the program very
essential in order to meet my life goals.
2) Life Orientation Test
Indicate the extent of your agreement to the following items.
0=strongly disagree
4=strongly agree
1. In uncertain times, I usually expect the best 4
2. It’s easy for me to relax 3
3. If something can go wrong for me, it will 1
4. I’m always optimistic about my future 4
5. I enjoy my friends a lot 3
6. It’s important for me to keep busy 4
7. I hardly ever expect things to go my way 0
8. I do not get upset too easily 2
9. I rarely count in good things happening to me 1
10. Overall, I expect more good things to happen to me then bad 4
From this assessment, I discovered that I am an optimistic person since
I expect the best in uncertain circumstances. In addition, I always take
steps to correct things that have gone amiss in my life. In addition,
my optimistic nature enables me to relax. Even when I am in the midst of
challenges, I still find it easy to sit back and loosen up. In spite of
having family and school responsibilities, I frequently engage in
co-curricular activities such as swimming, mountain climbing and
camping. I dream of a bright future with my wife and dog. This is the
reason I work hard to complete my studies. I also discovered that I
enjoy the company of my friends and family. This is the reason my wife
like preparing get-together celebrations. Moreover, I have a strong
belief that things will happen my way. I use strict programs and
budgets in order to ensure that I allocate adequate time and resources
to every activity in my life in order to prevent things going against my
plan. This assessment also helped me to realize that I am not
judgmental. The weaknesses of other people do not upset me easily.
However, I have a natural dislike for pessimistic people. Negative
statements easily upset me. In conclusion, I am an optimistic,
determined and moderate tempered person.
3) Family Heritage
After conducting the family heritage analysis, I discovered that our
family is composed of a complex racial structure. My wife’s father
was a French soldier who married an indigenous American girl. My
wife’s mother was a daughter of a military general with American
Marine corps. This study helped me to discover that our parents often
intermarried and moved to live in another part of the world. This
allowed them to start another life from scratch that is independent of
their families. This analysis also revealed that our parents had some
fixed traditions. For example, families and friends created strong
interaction bond. This explains the reason my mother insisted on holding
get-togethers that brought relatives and friend together in a social
environment. Family heritage was also very crucial. This means that
children in the past followed the profession of their parents. My
father’s parents were farmers, so he took farming. Similarly, my
wife’s grandfather was a soldier, so his son joined military to
maintain the military tradition of the family. The culture of adopting
family heritage explains the reason poor families remained poor while
rich family remained wealthy for generations. People’s capability was
limited by family heritage and unfounded beliefs that offspring should
continue the practices of their families. I also discovered that the
role of women in families has significantly changed over years. In our
parents’ time, most women were homemakers. However, modern women are
professionals. They hold big offices and have well paying jobs to their
male counterparts. On the other hand, some men do household chores
while their wives provide for the family. This study also helped to
discover that modern families are determined by national origin of
people. For example, people from the developed nations refrain from
getting married to spouses in the less developed countries.
4) Family Structure Stereotypes
Currently, men have been and are still, in charge of heading families.
However, this evaluation of our family changed my perception towards
this family structure typecast. I used to think of my mother’s role of
arranging get-togethers as usual until she passed away. Her absence
helped me to realize that her role in connecting our families and
friends was essential. She was the one who made arrangements, for
friends and relatives, to gather at our home. During all the years my
mother acted as the head of our family the celebrations were poorly
planned. I had developed an attitude that all parties headed by women
were highly disorganized until my wife took over leadership of the
get-togethers from my late mother. This observation helped to overcome
this stereotypic attitude because she is highly organized (Hammond et
al, 2006). During this study, I also discovered that people expect my
wife and me to bear children in order to make our family complete. I
discovered that people consider my family incomplete although we have a
dog that we love as a son. After discovering that society does expect me
to have a child, I began thinking of the possibility of adopting a kid
in order to conform to the society expectations because neither my wife
nor I want to bear a child. Additionally, the society opposes gay and
lesbian marriages because on the foundation that these couples are
biologically disadvantaged on the procreation process. This study broke
this stereotype since I discovered that such families do adopt children.
In addition, others do procreate using advanced technology such as
in-vitro to fertilize and raise children. I also discovered that the
society assumes that children raised by single parents are more
disadvantaged than their counterparts in families with both mother and
father are. However, this analysis helped me discover that this is not
true because single parents’ families do get opposite gender love from
their close relatives such as uncles and aunties.
5). The American family
Throughout the world, people believe that American families have the
best standards of life. The reputation of the United States being the
world’s superpower makes it easy to believe that all Americans’
living standard matches the quality of life movies and books describe.
However, Coontz (1999) made me develop another perception towards
American family. The country claims that its people’s living
standard has improved significantly. While this is partially true for
some people, this researcher depicts a section of the 1990 America
society lifestyle similar or worse than the 1890 living standard. The
author asserts that immigrants’ children dominate in the American
public schools. Similarly, only 4% of students in Harvard University are
native English speakers. This implies that other students are
international and immigrants’ children. This study makes one wonder
where the young Americans who are supposed to continue the reputation of
the state as the superpower could be. Sad to report, the children have
dropped out of school. After reading this study, I discovered that
America is on the verge of losing its position as the superpower because
it has poor strategies of ensuring that people remain disciplined.
Moreover, the policymakers are passing regulations that presently depict
the country as democratic, but these policies will have serious negative
consequences on the nation afterwards. For example, Coontz (1999),
claims that American schools and Universities are dominated by
international and immigrant students because local people’s
procreation rate is very low. After reading this research, I discovered
that new policies that give women similar privileges to men make them
despise the institution of marriage. The rich prefer staying living
independently, often without children (Coontz, 1999). In case this
trend continues, the entire generation of the Americans who helped to
build a superpower nation will become extinct. The senior positions
ranging from the presidency to technology development will soon fall in
the mercy of immigrants.
6). American Family Life in the Early to Mid-20th Century
People have a general belief that American’s life has significantly
improved from 1900s to 1950s and above. According to the American
history, many factors have helped in shaping their destiny. However, a
close study of the development of the American society in this period
has changed my perception. Austin (1998) draws a contrast between the
wealthy and the poor in America. After reading this book, I felt that
the United States has not attained the position of world’s benchmark
for quality living standard for there is numerous people still living
in dire poverty. However, I strongly feel that the country has adequate
resources, but decision-makers make bad policies, which prevent
proliferation of the country as in the past. For instance, many children
in the early twentieth century failed to acquire valuable education
because they spent most of their time working in industries. However,
modern children spend their time watching television, taking drugs,
practicing prostitutions, while some are gangsters. This reading helped
me to understand that it is only in the United States where police have
a hard time arresting and managing killers ranging between 12 and 18
years (Austin, 1998). In summary, this reading helped me discover that
most of the local American families are living poor quality lifestyles
since the country lacks good policies that can match the pace of
lifestyle development in other first world countries.
Austin, J. (1998). Generations of youth: Youth cultures and history in
twentieth century America. New York [u.a.: New York Univ. Press.
Hammond, R. & Cheney, P. Browne, K. (2006). Introducing sociology: For
AS level. Cambridge: Polity.
Coontz, S. (1999). The American Family. Life, Vol. 22, Issue 12.