Personality refers to a person’s distinctive patterns of thinking, feeling, and behaving; traits are the building blocks of personality. The human personality is complex, intricate, and bold. We all have heard of personality tests and how the psychology behind it helps people better understand themselves and their relationship with others. Personality tests, similar to questionnaires, are measured to define how strong a person’s traits are. Although, “test” is a broad umbrella term for these questionnaires. Considering there is no right or wrong answer, it is not supposed to sort or categorize individuals in one aspect versus another. Personality tests instead are used to place a series of traits depending on how they compare to other people.
There are countless of personality tests; BFI-2 (Big Five), MMPI (Minnesota Multi-Phasic Personality Inventory), and MBTI (Myers-Briggs Type Indicator) just to name a few. There are ranges of personality tests that are either comprehensive tests or individualized tests (focusing on a singular or individual trait). These tests show that traits are not black and white, it is more like a spectrum with different high and low ends.
So, which test is the best? Personality tests in general are fun, stimulating, and informative, but some more than others are used to accurately screen for reliable and valid results. Here are a few online personality tests that are available for free:
Sussex Publishers. (n.d.). Personality Tests. Psychology Today. https://www.psychologytoday.com/us/basics/personality/personality-tests.
Written by: Abrea, 2021 Undergraduate Intern
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