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that was statistically significant after Bonferroni correction. It is noteworthy that this

scale did not demonstrate a trend toward correlation with a person enjoying counseling

work. It seems likely, therefore, that although the two questions “Would you say that you

are enjoying your work?” and “Would you say that your work is gratifying?” are

significantly correlated to one another, some differences exist between them. A person

may not necessarily enjoy the work of counseling, but be gratified with the results.

These results indicate that the personality profile of a person who is enjoying the

work of counseling may be different from the person who is gratified with the results of

the counseling event. A person scoring higher on scale 0 (Si) has a tendency to lack self-

confidence and be self-effacing, compliant in interpersonal relationships, and have

difficulty making decisions (Graham, 2006). Due to some of these factors, a counselor

may enjoy the interpersonal relationship with clients but struggle with it providing

meaningful satisfaction.

Discussion of Hypothesis Three

The primary assumption in this hypothesis was that the personality of counselor

education students as measured by the MMPI-2 and the NEO PI-R would be significantly

correlated with self-perceived effectiveness in the profession. This hypothesis was not

supported after Bonferroni adjustments were taken into consideration. Findings of the

second hypothesis (satisfaction in the profession) have shown a noteworthy trend for a

positive correlation of the Agreeableness domain and a person actively using his

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