I need to make a confession. I’m a personal growth junkie and I have a secret obsession with taking personality tests. *waves uncomfortably*
While some online tests and quizzes are nothing but fluff, there are also a lot of meaty, science-based, and helpful tests out there.
Can I be completely honest for a moment? Actually implementing these test results is hard. Personal growth is uncomfortable. But for me personally, it’s worth it. I’ve grown so much over the years. I’ve learned about myself and changed certain habits. I’ve also learned how to overcome my perfectionism.
Today, I’m sharing 4 of my favorite personality tests and assessments that can help you to get to the core of who you really are and grow as a person.
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The value of personality tests
Discovering aspects of yourself you didn't know existed is exciting, because suddenly you know who you are and some of the why behind your behavior.
When you’re empowered with the knowledge of your greatest strengths, you can apply it to making better, more informed decisions. You gain greater clarity on areas that you need to work on. And you can use it as a way to help propel you forward and finally take on those dream projects that you've been putting off for so long.
Before we move on, I want to make it clear that taking a personality test is not about getting a label slapped on. They give you an understanding about a limited part of your personality. Being an introvert is who I am, but it’s not ALL of who I am.
This is the true value of personality tests:
1. They give words, language, and meaning to something you’ve been feeling or something you’ve known deep down about yourself but didn’t have the vocabulary for.
2. They give clarity about your behavior, feelings, and relationships, with guidance on how to make changes. Most personality test results come with a framework and clear action steps to follow.
3. They make it easier to connect with new people or go deeper with existing friendships and relationships. Asking someone about their Myers Briggs Type is a great conversation starter for an introvert like me.
4 personality tests to encourage personal growth and overcome perfectionism
Now, over to the juicy stuff.
All of the personality tests linked to below are the free versions. Some of them are also available in a much more in-depth variety through paid services.
Myers Briggs Type Indicator
This is probably the most well known assessment when it comes to personality. It’s one of my favorite tools in helping uncover your biggest strengths and how you interact with the world. The MBTI has 16 different personality types based on the typological theory proposed by Carl Jung. Each of the 16 type indicators reflects parallels between:
This free enneagram test, based on the Riso-Hudson Enneagram Type Indicator test, gives a full personality profile across nine different personality types. It highlights both your individual motivations and desires and your fears and weaknesses, which I found to be incredibly accurate.
The Five Love Languages
Your love language applies to all types of relationships and helps you assess what type of love you give and how you best accept love and support from others. I’ve found that this test gives you an awareness of yourself, but more so of your needs within relationships and friendships.
Perfectionist Profile Quiz
Hands up if you consider yourself to be a perfectionist. The Perfectionist Profile Quiz gives you insight into what type of perfectionist you are and how perfectionism shows up in and affects your life. What’s great about this test, if I do say so myself ;), is that it gives you specific and targeted first steps toward overcoming your perfectionism.
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I’d love for you to share your tests results in the comments. Do you have a favorite personality test?
Hi there! I’m Wendy, perfectionism coach and host of the #perfectionistproblems community for recovering perfectionists. I’m insanely passionate about helping you overcome your perfectionism, so that you can stop caring so much about what other people think and finally take on those dream projects that you've been putting off for so long.