6 Personality Tests That Will Actually Help You Learn About Yourself
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Humans have a weird desire for self-awareness, even though we’re not all that good at it sometimes. We take tons of quizzes to find out what Harry Potter house we’d be in (if, you know, wizards were real) or what breed of dog we’re most like. And while some of it’s funny and frivolous, all this soul-searching can actually lead us to our dream career or unlock the secret to finding the one. Whether you believe in these online assessments or not, learning more about yourself — or at least having a different, sometimes wacky, insight — can’t hurt. Take these six tests to get more scientific about your skills, desires and inner motivations.
1. 16Personalities: This free, 10-minute test reveals your Meyers-Briggs Type Indicator — AKA the *classic* personality type — in a fun, relevant way. While some MBTI tests can be pretty abstract, this one is full of statements you can answer easily, like “Your travel plans are usually well thought out” and “Keeping your options open is more important than having a to-do list,” followed by a range of agreement or disagreement answers. The results even categorize your type among others like it and give you tools to learn more about the way you interact with others.
2. True Colors: The True Colors personality test prescribes you a color that tells you about your temperament. Are you organized like a gold, or empathetic and emotional like a blue? We also see some awesome home decor inspo potential here.
3. StrengthsQuest: While StrengthsQuest isn’t a free test, it’s a great $10 investment if you’re looking to impress potential employers. After this lengthy survey, you’ll receive a list of your five biggest strengths; and it’s worth the time, because knowing you’ve got measurable traits like competitiveness, positivity and organization will surely give you something to humblebrag about in your next job interview.
4. Sanity Score: As the stigma surrounding mental health melts and the new year presents an opportunity for a fresh start, it’s a great time to check in on your inner self. This quiz scientifically assesses your mental wellbeing and will give you great tools to take care of your mental health in a realistic way.
5. The International Personality Item Pool: This in-depth self-examination created by psychologists and researchers at Pennsylvania State University is based on the five-factor model of personality, which assumes that people fall into one of five personality types: extraversion, agreeableness, conscientiousness, neuroticism and open to experience.
6. TestColor: This quick, fun test uses the colors that most attract you to assess different social components of your personality, such as creativity, extraversion and listening ability. It’s as easy as selecting the shades you like most from a big grid of bright colors. Happy clicking!
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