How You Can Use A Free Personality Test

By BetterHelp Editorial Team|Updated July 11, 2022
CheckedMedically Reviewed By Wendy Boring-Bray, DBH, LPC

Curious To Learn More About Your Personality And Who You Are?

Knowing how to use the results of a personality test is just as important as taking it. Personality tests give people the opportunity to discover their true talents, strengths and weaknesses, along with what makes them most passionate in life. Before having taken a personality test, a person may have not even considered the multiple levels and dimensions of what makes them a unique and incredible individual who can contribute positively to the improvement of their community and world.

Free Personality Tests in the Education Space

There is perhaps no better place for free personality tests than in a secondary classroom. Students who have a more developed and deeper sense of who they are would much more likely to be invested and stay invested in their studies. They will also have a better sense of what to major in as they continue their studies at the undergraduate and graduate levels. According to a 2006 study in the Journal of Vocational Behavior, students who had dedicated their time studying in areas that they were personally interested in had higher rates of success than the students who were not.

Teachers can effectively utilize free personality tests within their classrooms and throughout their curriculums to allow students to discover and rediscover who they are as truly unique individuals. They can also take the results of the personality tests into consideration as he or she works towards effective classroom management, which has proven to be a challenge for even the most experienced teachers. Just as diverse as students are on the exterior, physically, linguistically, culturally, etc., they are just as exceptional when it comes to analyzing their personalities. Teachers can use this diversification to naturally bring students together, indirectly instructing students to embrace their differences, and thus, unifying their classroom. The potential lessons that can be learned from the incorporation of personality tests into the classroom can prove to have everlasting results, impacting students for life.

Once students have taken their personality test results into consideration and chosen a college major that best suits them, they may need to, within that major, choose a specialty area for them to concentrate on. According to the Myers-Briggs Foundation website, the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI), one of the most well known personality tests available in the world, can influence what specific area a student may be most successful in, whether it be medicine, education, business, law, etc. Their MBTI may make this difficult decision that much easier for them.

Free Personality Tests in the Professional Work Space

Nothing can be more frustrating than being stuck in a job in which there is no passion. Coming to work each day unenthusiastically, stuck in the same routine, questioning oneself, their worth and purpose in this life, are all signs that perhaps it may be time to take the time to rediscover oneself. Personal interests, passions and fascinations can develop and grow over time.

Purposefully making that time to take a free personality test can help people rediscover themselves as human beings, what they are good at, how they interpret, infer and analyze information and ultimately: how they can contribute positively and passionately to the world all around them. By taking the time to consider thoughtfully the results of their free personality tests, people can decisively reflect upon the results and search for employment that better suits their personalities.

One of the most well known personality tests is the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator. The MBTI has four distinct personality categories (favorite world, information, decisions and structure) and two subtypes within each category. In all, there are 16 possible combinations of personality types, all depending on the matchlessness of the individual taking the personality test. The categories, along with their subcategories, are listed below:

  • Favorite world: Extraversion (E) or Introversion (I)
  • Information: Sensing (S) or Intuition (N)
  • Decisions: Thinking (T) or Feeling (F)
  • Structure: Judging (J) or Perceiving (P)

The environment of a workplace is an important factor to consider because in many cases, professionals who are unhappy or uncomfortable in their work environment are less likely to continue working there. Knowing whether a person is extraverted or introverted, how they make decisions, or how they interpret information, as well as the specific personality indicators of their fellow coworkers, can lead to either a more positive or more negative workspace.

In turn, this may lead to a more efficient workspace, in terms of work designation, team forming and time management. Employers should take the time within their professional training to allow their employees to take part in a free personality test. This decision could in fact completely and positively transform the culture of their workspace, allowing coworkers to appreciate the distinct qualities each professional has to offer, encouraging each other and realizing the value of each individual.

Personalities and Personal Relationships

Curious To Learn More About Your Personality And Who You Are?

Considering who you are as an individual and digging deeper into understanding yourself as a human being can greatly influence how you interact with those who are closest to you in your life. When individuals have a more profound knowledge of themselves, this leads them to naturally appreciate the personality differences in their spouse, a significant other, or someone with whom they have a love interest. As many people know, living and co-habiting with someone else can be one of the most challenging things that life has to offer. At times, it can seem impossible to look past the nuances or habits of someone who at times has such an opposing perspective in certain situations. For example, what one person considers being loud, rude and self centered, another person may believe to be outgoing, entertaining and extroverted. Likewise, someone who is reserved, self absorbed and quiet does not mean he or she is an insensitive and uninterested individual. Learning to work with each other's variances is a fundamental and essential part of a long lasting and steadfast relationship.

Personalities also play a key role in the family. Just as two people in love must learn to adapt and cope, always considering the distinct personality of their love, they must band together in order to lead and guide the children they are raising. Knowing their partner's strengths and weaknesses comes in handy while parenting.

For instance, while one parent may be a better listener, empathizing with their children and speaking to them softly to help them realize what they have done wrong, the other parent may be better at following through with the consequences, enforcing the rules of the house and being consistent when it comes to disciplining the children. It's important to emphasize that not one personality is superior when it comes to parenting. It is, however, essential that parents learn to discipline flawlessly together, utilizing the strengths of both, providing a consistency that is a necessity in the lives of happy children.

Personality Tests and Personal Growth

Despite all of the obvious reasons for utilizing a free personality test, such as for professional purposes in education or centered around careers, jobs and positive work environments, as well as for personal relationships (marital, family, sibling), it is also important to realize that personality tests can be used for a person's own well being and personal growth. A person's personality is like, in many ways, an onion. The layers can be peeled back, over and over again, revealing the depth and multiplicity of one's multifaceted individuality. It's difficult to unfold the layers unless the individual is intentionally trying to discover the many depths of one's self. For this reason, free personality tests exist: personal rediscovery and growth.

According to the Myers-Briggs Foundation website, someone's personality does not change throughout their life but rather develops, progresses, flourishes and transforms. Depending on the stage of life a person is in, infancy, adolescence, young adult, or whether they are in college, getting married, or middle aged and looking desperately for a new passion, it is never too late to unveil more layers of their multilayered personality.

This newly unveiled knowledge can help a person reach fresh, new levels of spirituality not yet previously experienced in their life. And if this person is already a spiritual person, knowledge of their multifaceted self can guide them naturally toward experiences that can allow them to best utilize the strengths of their distinctive, significant self. And then, informed of the power of the knowledge of individuality, this person can share this information with friends, family, associates and coworkers. There could be, essentially, no limit to the potential power and change that could come out of taking a simple, free personality test.

There is no time like the present to take your free personality test. Although there are many available on the World Wide Web, none can be compared to the famously known Myers-Briggs Type Indicator. The MBTI is available here. The feeling of loss of purpose, passionless and downhearted, desperation and unable to envision one's own purpose is a difficult and, at times, impossible hole to climb out of. Taking a free personality test may be just what you need! When you are ready to talk to a licensed, professional therapist about the results of your personality test and transform your life, the certified staff at BetterHelp.com is there for you!

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