Personality Testing

Personality tests are questionnaires or other standardized tools designed to identify certain aspects of a person’s character or psychological makeup. Personality testing has been performed since the 1920s and many tests have been developed since that time. They are often used as part of personal or relationship therapy, psychological counseling, job screening and military evaluations. These tests can also be used as part of your job to discover your strengths, leadership style, teamwork, etc.

Characteristics that personality tests typically assess include your general thought patterns, feelings, behaviors, interaction with other people and openness to change.

Some personality tests are completed by the individual being assessed, such as a self-report inventory where you rates a series of statements according to how much you agree or disagree with them. Other tests are performed by another person – like a doctor or counselor – who will interview, observe you or ask you questions.

Some of the most popular personality tests include:

  • Myers Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI)
  • Minnesota Multiphasic Personality Inventory (MMPI)
  • DISC assessment
  • California Psychological Inventory (CPI)

Each kind of personality test has strengths, weaknesses and limitations. It is important to have the test chosen and performed by a professional with experience in testing and interpreting results.