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Free personality profiling and the ways it can help you

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Personality profiling is a tool you can use to become more in tune with your inner self and the things that make you tick. You can do it online too, for free.

I’ve written about goal setting, vision boards and how fables can help us grow from within, because I’m convinced that being self aware can help us to develop. But can free personality profiling really assist with self awareness? Or are they a useless gimmick?  

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Why bother?

You might wonder why you’d need to do a test to tell you what you’re like. You know yourself better than anybody, right? Perhaps. But if you could do a free test that explains your natural leanings and you could get a clearer insight into your personality, then why wouldn’t you?

Personality profiling has helped me to focus on the positive aspects of my personality and to accept my flaws a little more. It’s also helped me to negotiate difficult personalities in the workplace and it’s assisted me when it comes to seeking out the things (and the people) that make me tick.

My favourite test

Myers Briggs is one of the most popular personality profiling tests. On 16 personalities you can carry out a free assessment, which is based on the Myers Briggs theory. The test consists of 130 questions and it claims to measure 4 dimensions and 23 facets of your personality. It takes around 15 minutes to complete and at the end of the test, you will be told which of the 16 personality types you’re closest to, based on your answers.

What are the 16 personalities?

The 16 personalities all feature four out of eight possible variables. The following elements are looked at within the test:

  • I/E (introvert or extrovert). This element measures what energises you. Are you uplifted by being around people, or happier alone?
  • S/N (sensing or intuition). This area measures how you process information. It determines if you make decisions based on what you can see directly, or in a more abstract way. 
  • T/F (thinking or feeling). This looks at the classic dilemma between the head and the heart, to determine which usually wins with you. 
  • J/P (judging or perceiving). Finally, this element looks at whether a person prefers structure, or spontaneity.

You can take the test for free and depending on your answers, you’ll be told that you fit into one of the following personality types: INFP (the healer), INTJ (the mastermind), INFJ (the counselor), INTP (the architect), ENFP (the champion), ENTJ (the commander), ENTP (the visionary), ENFJ (the teacher), ISFJ (the protector), ISFJ (the composer), ISTJ (the inspector), ISTP (the craftsperson), ESFJ (the provider), ESFP (the performer), ESTJ (the supervisor), or ESTP (the dynamo). You can read about what each personality means here

Other tests

Gretchin Rubin has a free test that will enable you to determine your tendency and find out whether you’re an Upholder, a Questioner, a Obliger, or a Rebel. Your type depend on how you respond to external rules and internal rules.

You can also take the colour test, which seems to be loosely based on The Primary Colours® Model, which is a popular leadership profiling test.



Is it worth it?

It’s important to remember that the test you’re taking is based on theory, not fact. You could also get a variable answer, depending on how you’re feeling when you take the test.

You may read your profile and think it’s a load of codswallop. If that happens, then you’ve wasted 15 minutes of your life that you won’t get back, but you can just dismiss your result. I do, however, think that these tests are worth exploring, as I think they can help you identify things within yourself and others. The result may help you when you’re making a decision, struggling to communicate, or battling with an element of your personality. 

I am a particular fan of the Myers Briggs concept and feel that my result is true of my personality. My result has also helped me when I’ve struggled with a particular situation, or person. So whilst I wouldn’t base my life on the results that come from these personality profiling tests, I do think they’re worthwhile. It’s an interesting, free exercise and at the very least, it’s a talking point!



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