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The Best Personality Tests for Self-Discovery

Get to know yourself -5 Personality Tests that help you live and work better

“To know thyself, is the beginning of wisdom” -Socrates

Getting to know yourself is the first step in personal development, learning new skills, growth and overall learning. These four personality tests, plus the last one which is more a journal prompt, can help you to identify where you are and in what area’s you can grow.

This week on the podcast I talk all about my favorite personality type tests and how they can help us learn, grow, communicate, be intentional and get touch with ourselves. To listen to the episode, click HERE.

I started out on what I call my personal development journey when my husband Zack and I took Dave Ramsey’s Financial Peace University Course. I sat down and took a look at my habits, spending, if I was a nerd or a free spirit, a saver or a spender, if I used “things” to mask my emotions or avoid dealing with negative feelings. And Whoa, that opened me up to the world of personal development.

How to get started in personal growth or personal development?

First, you have to know where you are. This is where personality tests come in. Sometimes, it is difficult to be self-aware and these personality tests are some of my favorites. Keep in mind there are hundreds of these personality assessments out there and you will find some that you connect with more than others.

The past couple of weeks on the podcast we talk about Gretchen Rubin’s 4 Tendencies so if feels right to start here.

1. 4 Tendencies by Gretchen Rubin –Are you a upholder, obliger, questioner, or rebel? Gretchen Rubin is a researcher and author who studies happiness, fulfillment, and motivation (along with other things). She developed this idea of the 4 tendencies of motivation. It all boils down to, are you internally motivated, externally motivated, both or neither?

To take the quiz and find out how you are motivated click HERE.

2. Enneagram- 9 interconnected personality types which create a wheel and map of characteristics and typologies -this describes how people interpret the world and manage their emotions.

Take the quiz HERE

3. Emotional Intelligence-Institute for Health and Human Potential has a short EQ quiz. There are four areas of emotional intelligence: Self-awareness, self-management, social awareness, and relationship management. This test will show you where to start in order to improve each of the 4 areas.

Take the Emotional Intelligence test HERE.

4. Myers Briggs Type Indicator- 16 types -most widely used, helps you know yourself better so you can better communicate, relate, learn, and grow. This is often used in professional and team building settings.

Take the test HERE.

5. Psychology Today’s -VITALS Questionnaire- This is more of a journal prompts but being clear on these things is, in my opinion the most important way to be more in tuned with yourself, your work, and how you spend your time both present and future.