Can I use the online psychological questionnaire to judge whether there is a mental illness?

  1. You pray for the love of others but are critical of yourself.
  2. Although there are some shortcomings in personality, generally speaking, you have ways to make up for it.
  3. You have considerable untapped potential that has not yet been used to your strengths.
  4. The seemingly tough and strict self-discipline externally conceals the uneasy and worried heart.
  5. Many times, you seriously doubt whether you have done the right thing or the right decision.
  6. You like a certain degree of change and feel dissatisfied when restricted.
  7. You are proud of being an independent thinker and will not accept statements without sufficient evidence.
  8. But you think it is unwise to be overly candid with others.
  9. Sometimes you are outgoing, friendly, and social, sometimes you are introverted, cautious and silent.
  The above words, are there some places that resemble you? In fact, these descriptions apply to everyone, and it is adapted from the “personality analysis” used in the 1948 Western psychologist Fraser’s experiment. The psychologist conducted a personality test on the students in 1948, and the students will get a corresponding personality analysis after completing the test. When Fula gave the diagnosis results to the students, let them evaluate whether the diagnosis results were accurate and whether they were in line with their own personality characteristics. As a result, basically every student thought the analysis results were in line with their own personality.
  After the experiment, Fula revealed that the diagnosis results obtained by all the students are actually exactly the same. He collected the content from the analysis and description of the constellation, which is a common phrase used by the masters of astrology.
  When we read such ambiguous words, we will unconsciously collect all the evidence that fits this description. For example, it is not difficult to find this kind of evidence in our past experience when we are loved by others. We will definitely think of the moments when we are strict with ourselves, so we are convinced of the results of this psychological test.
  In addition, the characteristics it describes are also psychological characteristics shared by people, and they will be described comprehensively, saying that they are lonely most of the time, and that they are lively and enthusiastic a few times, and both ends are full. Whether or not it is fully consistent, it will always be said to be a point.
  In the same way, when we do online psychological questionnaires, we will also be affected by the results, and even believe it. For example, I just did a temperament questionnaire for psychological counseling, and I suspected that I had depression. But in fact, the temperament questionnaire does not predict whether you have depression.
  Whether there is a mental illness is not guessed by yourself, nor measured, but diagnosed by professionals. The diagnosis of mental illness needs to be made by psychiatrists and other professionals through various information synthesis. The most important information that a professional diagnosis relies on is the inquiries about symptoms in face-to-face conversations, the observation of patients, the understanding of personal history, and so on. Psychological tests are sometimes used as auxiliary materials to provide important references for clinical diagnosis, but for clinical diagnosis, the results of psychological tests are neither sufficient nor necessary.
  Online psychological questionnaires cannot be used for the diagnosis of mental illness because: First, due to copyright restrictions, formal psychological tests are usually not published on the Internet (although sometimes some people violate copyright restrictions and put them online), so many encounters on the Internet The quiz is not standardized. Second, the use of psychological tests requires standardized procedures to ensure the reliability of the results. Some quizzes can only be used effectively by specially trained professionals and provide authoritative answers. Third, there will always be some errors in the results of psychological tests, and professionals are required to interpret the results based on the actual situation. Fourth, professionals often do not draw conclusions based on the results of a single test, and often choose multiple psychological tests from different angles and forms, and even multiple methods of information collection, cross-validate various information, and then make judgments.
  When using psychological tests without professional guidance, this situation may occur: some people use psychological tests because they are worried about their psychological abnormalities. It is easier to check in when answering questions, and they may exaggerate the extent of their problems. If they can’t If you understand the test results correctly, you will think that you are really seriously ill, which will aggravate unnecessary panic. Patients who think they are seriously ill go to the psychiatric department with anxiety, which is laughable.
  However, with the abundance of various online resources, there are also some reliable psychological assessment tools or psychological assessment services on the Internet. How to choose and use them? On the one hand, we need to know that the evaluation is only a convenient way of early screening, and the evaluation result is only a reference, and the judgment can be made only when combined with other information. On the other hand, it is necessary to select reliable sources and use psychological tests under the services provided by professional institutions. A scientific psychological test often has a lot of work behind it. Professional tests often require a process of publication, reporting, testing, and compilation, in which the reliability and validity indicators, the applicable population, and the applicable conditions are determined in the test.
  The scientific psychological test is different from the entertaining test in that it does not show strong interest in the questions. At the same time, the feedback report of the test often uses qualifiers such as “probably” and “inclined” instead of judging with great certainty what a person is. Secondly, when we choose a test, it is best to choose a test with a certain degree of support after the test, or with a certain limited description when using the test. Because of the conditions used in the psychological test, the interpretation of the results also needs to be considered in combination with multiple situations. If there is no follow-up further support services, our own understanding based on the test results may have some deviations. In general, use online psychological questionnaires with caution.
  If you have a wrong understanding, you think that online psychological questionnaires can determine whether you have mental illnesses such as depression, anxiety, compulsion, etc., you may mistakenly think that you are sick and frighten yourself, or you may mistakenly think that you are not sick and delay treatment. If you have related problems, it is recommended to go to the relevant department of a regular hospital for help.