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measures a willingness to entertain novel ideas and unconventional values (Costa &

McCrae, 1992). In this study, however, no trend was found for a correlation of work

enjoyment with the Openness domain. However, there was a noteworthy trend (p = .003)

for a correlation of scale 5 (Mf) with the Openness domain. It seems apparent that the

two scales are measuring uniquely different aspects of personality; yet, there are

substantial similarities between the two scales. Also, a large percentage of the

respondents to the questionnaire in this study were female (74.3%) and, therefore, care

must be exercised in interpreting the same results with males. It appears that the

counselor who is enjoying the work of counseling tends to have gender stereotypical

interests, possibly fulfilling a nurturing role as a female and a pragmatic role as a male.

The final step in testing this hypothesis (satisfaction in the profession) was a

correlation analysis of these personality assessment scores and the questionnaire

respondents’ disclosure of gratification in the counseling profession. Again, there was no

significant correlation or noteworthy trends for the NEO PI-R domain scales and

gratification in the profession. However, there was a noteworthy trend for correlation of

scale 5 (Mf) of the MMPI-2.

As noted in the discussion of work enjoyment, it would seem reasonable that

since there was a trend for negative correlation of work gratification and scale 5 (Mf), a

trend would be found on the Openness domain of the NEO PI-R. There was a

statistically significant correlation of scale 0 (Si) and counseling work gratification. This

scale of the MMPI-2 was the only one of all the scales for both personality assessments

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