Since I was young, I have always been fascinated with personality tests or anything that would help you describe yourself. I remember going to Chinese restaurants and the table mat was the Chinese Zodiac. It would describe the animal (and your personal traits) you were based on the year of your birth.
Chinese Astrology, based on their thousand year history, would claim to know your personality, who you were compatible with, and in some cases what your future was going to be like! For me, while it was fun to go through the Chinese Zodiac, I learned to appreciate a more scientific approach with personality tests.
I have taken at least several dozen different personality assessments over my lifetime (military, political, ministries, marriage counseling, job opportunities, etc). Recently, companies like Google and other companies have taken personality testing to the next level to make sure they hire the right type of person for the right job.
Not all personality tests are created equal nor are they fool-proof and can describe us perfectly. They do however give great insight into understanding your personality, your strengths, your weaknesses, and your tendencies. Developing this type of self-awareness is a crucial component of achieving success. Playing to our strengths is much more effective than only working on your weaknesses.
While our natural personality and internal motivations will not change much, our adaptive style and behaviors can change depending on our environment. This is why there may be some variance on your results over time. This is why I take different personality assessments regularly.
Here are the list of some of my favorite personality tests. You can click the links to take them and get your personality type! Check back as I frequently update the tests below!
- The Myers Brigg Type Indicator® (MBTI) is one of the most popular ones and very in-depth. The Myers-Briggs Type Indicator® assessment tool. You can get more information on the different types at Myers-Briggs Foundation website and if you want more detailed information you can click here. Did you know that your personality type is directly correlated to your income? See the chart below and take the test to see where you fit!
Free Personality Tests and Assessments
Besides the Myers-Briggs, this test is one of the most well-known. More than two million people have taken the 15-minute DISC assessment to better understand their personality type and behavioral style. Developed by psychologist William Moulton Marston, the DISC assessment examines how an individual ranks in the four areas of behavior:
Designed for both individuals who want to identify and maximize their strengths and motivators, and organizations looking to integrate high-performance teams, this $250 DISC profile is yours free of charge.
Their framework incorporates the latest advances in psychometric research, combining time-tested concepts with robust and highly accurate testing techniques. With their model, they have combined the Myers-Briggs simplicity and convenience, with an extra letter to accommodate five rather than four scales.
They have chosen to rework and rebalance the dimensions of personality called the Big Five personality traits and five personality aspects that, when combined, define the personality type:
Their approach has allowed them to achieve high test accuracy while also retaining the ability to define and describe distinct personality types.
Discovering Your S.H.A.P.E. Test is a tool developed by Rick Warren of Saddleback Church to help individual believers discover their own specific SHAPE for ministry and vocation. I have found the assessment very helpful regardless of your belief system. It helps identify your gifts,
interests, abilities, personalities, and experiences to strengthen
This self-assessment will help you answer the four most critical questions when it comes to your personality. This exercise will be helpful in learning more yourself, what you want
Change Your Life and Maximize Your Potential with 5 P’s of Profession and Purpose. Having a touch time trying to figure out your purpose in life? This podcast and video can help you decide through the Five P’s of Purpose. The podcast and exercise will lead you to your sweet spot in life.
Other Recommended Personality Tests
I have taken these tests below and they are very helpful. By purchasing the books, you will get a free code so you can take the test online. This can help complement the free tests you can take above!
Once you know what makes you valuable to others, you’re more authentic and confident, and more able to make a positive impression. It all begins with understanding how the world sees you–at your best. How the World Sees You gives you the step-by-step method to describe yourself in just two or three words. This book includes a private code to unlock one free Fascination Advantage® Personality Test.
Social Styles Test – Why is it so hard to work well with some people? In People Styles at Work by Robert Bolton and Dorothy Grover Bolton they found four unique behavioral patterns and created the Social Style Model. Being aware of your own social style helps a person better understand how they interact with others, develop relationships, get work done, and make decisions.
Gallup Strengthsfinder 2.0 – To help people uncover their talents, Gallup introduced the first version of its online assessment, StrengthsFinder, in 2001 which ignited a global conversation and helped millions to discover their top five talents. This book and corresponding test is the updated version. I have read both books and they are excellent! There are hundreds of strategies for applying your strengths. When you buy the book, you get a code to take the test online and gives your the results immediately.
In addition to the best-selling Gallup Strengthsfinder 2.0, Gallup took it one-step further with their book Strengths Based Leadership: Great Leaders, Teams, and Why People Follow. This book describes a study of great leaders, teams, and the reasons why people follow.
Strengths Test – Similar to the Strengthsfinder test, this Test will help you find your preferred way of thinking, feeling, and behaving. These questions and results were crafted based on the Personality and Strengths Movements.
Keep in mind these tests do not measure character, abilities or traits. The important thing to glean from the test is to understand and appreciate the differences in people. It also helps in self-awareness.
One of the most important things is to understand is that there is no right or wrong personality. Each personality type is equal. The goal of knowing about personality type is to understand and appreciate differences between people. As all types are equal, there is no best type.
The Right Personality is Your Personality!
THE RIGHT PERSONALITY IS YOUR PERSONALITY. The Importance isn’t based on what personality type you have, it’s what you do with your personality that’s important.
In taking the tests, there is no right answer since everyone comes in different shapes and sizes. It is important to know that there are other personality tests. No test is completely comprehensive and you may find your personality changes over time.