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of the NEO PI-R. This trend may suggest that graduates who are active participants in

the counseling profession are less socially introverted. They may also be more talkative,

gregarious, and assertive; experience emotions more keenly and have unconventional

values; and have a selfless concern for others.

Third, a correlation analysis of the scores and respondents’ work enjoyment was

performed. Results showed no statistically significant correlation but there was a

noteworthy trend for a negative correlation between a graduate’s enjoyment in the

counseling profession and scale 5 (Mf) of the MMPI-2. This trend may suggest that

graduates who enjoy the profession more are those who are stereotypical in the traditional

interests of their gender.

Finally, a correlation analysis of the scores and the respondents’ work

gratification was performed. Results showed a statistically significant negative

correlation between the gratification a graduate receives from counseling work and scale

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    (Si). This would indicate that graduates who are gratified by their involvement in the

profession are less socially introverted. There was also a noteworthy trend for a negative

correlation between gratification from counseling work with scale 5 (Mf) of the MMPI-2,

and this may suggest that those gratified in counseling work may also be stereotypical in

the traditional interests of their gender. The second hypothesis therefore was partially

supported.

The third hypothesis was tested by a correlation analysis of the MMPI-2 clinical

and validity scale scores, NEO PI-R domain scale scores, and respondents’ self-perceived

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