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The second step in testing the second hypothesis (satisfaction in the profession)

was related to participation in the counseling profession. There was no statistically

significant correlation (after Bonferroni adjustments were taken into consideration) with

participation in the counseling profession and the MMPI-2 and NEO PI-R scales, but

there was a noteworthy trend for a negative correlation with scale 0 (Si) of the MMPI-2

and a noteworthy trend for a positive correlation with the Extraversion, Openness, and

Agreeableness domains of the NEO PI-R. Although scale 0 (Si) of the MMPI-2 and the

Extraversion domain of the NEO PI-R measures uneasiness or preference for

interpersonal activity, the strength of the trends for these scales are different. Therefore,

there are differences in what is being measured by these two scales. The trend for a

positive correlation between Openness and participation in the counseling profession may

be indicative of a person’s interest in expending the time, effort and creative abilities to

engage clients in therapy. The trend for a positive correlation between Agreeableness

and participation in the counseling profession is not surprising, as Agreeableness is a

measurement of a person’s tendency to have sympathy for others and an eagerness to

help them (Costa & McCrae, 1992). Each of the NEO PI-R domains consists of six

facets. Facets describe the domain more specifically and differences within a domain

may be more clearly elucidated by a study of these domains at the facet level.

The third step in testing the second hypothesis (satisfaction in the profession) was

related to questionnaire respondents’ disclosure of enjoyment in the counseling

profession. There was no statistically significant correlation (after Bonferroni

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