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  1. ipsative(Adjective)

    denoting a measure that forces an individual to choose among multiple desirable options.

    Myers-Briggs uses ipsative measures, whereas the Five-Factor Model uses normative measures.

  2. ipsative(Adjective)

    comparing a measure of an individual against that individual's previous assessments.

  3. Origin: From ipse


  1. Ipsative

    Ipsative is a descriptor used in psychology to indicate a specific type of measure in which respondents compare two or more desirable options and pick the one that is most preferred. This is contrasted with measures that use Likert-type scales, in which respondents choose the score which best represents the degree to which they agree with a given statement. "Ipsative Comparisons" are also sometimes used in standardized testing to compare significant differences in subtest scores.

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