My first thorough acquaintance with psychology dates back to early 2000s, when we had a special in-depth course on psychology in the lyceum. Back then, while doing all these lengthy tests, I was annoyed and seriously wondering what would they bring me. They seemed to be so boring, complicated, yet the results, in my opinion, were so obvious. With time I learned to value these insights and work further with them. If they seem obvious – that’s great! That means that my self-awareness is at its high. Nevertheless, in many cases they bring interesting insights which I might have never reflected upon before. All that in its turn significantly contributes to further identifying values, wishes, goals and the best way further.
In this short article I would like to share with you couple of free online resources for psychological tests, which I believe are truly good to know, especially if you are interested in self-development and in self-awareness in general. Thus, let’s begin:
- You might have heard the 4 letter acronym – MBTI. If you have ever gone through a business school or just had a job in a large corporation, you probably already did it. MBTI stands for The Myers–Briggs Type Indicator and it is an introspective self-report questionnaire somewhat based on Carl Jung’s typology. MBTI is designed to indicate preferences in how we perceive the world and make our decisions. Understanding how you tend to make decisions is an important step towards understanding your values, which is integral in deciding on the course of your life. Thus, I would highly recommend you to do at least the short version of the MBTI. It is possible to do it at “16 Personalities” website here. Likewise, there is a TypeFinder Personality Test online, which is designed based on the MBTI system and uses the same typology. You can do the TypeFinder test here. I did the full MBTI test, as well as the short versions on several occasions, and for me their results were consistent. I am constantly balancing on the verge between INTJ (Mastermind) and ENTJ (Field Marshall)…
- Linked to the MBTI is also the Big Five test. This test builds further and explores the 5 major dimensions of personality: Openness, Conscientiousness, Agreeableness, Extraversion, and Neuroticism. Basically what it shows you is how much do you enjoy abstract ideas; how willing you are to focus on long-term and put off immediate gratification; how much influence does the external world have on you; how altruistic are you and how resistant to the impact of stress. You can do the test for free here.
- At Edutopia you can find a thought-provoking test on Multiple Intelligences to see if you are more bodily-kinestethic, verbally-linguistic or naturalistic, for example. Check it out here.
- If you are on the career cross-roads and would like to discover your top interest area, check out Holland Code Career Test which helps you identify your strongest career interest and even gives the suggested careers based on your interest profile.Try it here.
- Quite some good psychology tests are available also on Psychology Today. Just click here and pick whatever interests you.
Tests will consume some of your time for sure, yet the insights gained are truly valuable for self-reflection and, subsequently, also for self-development. Therefore, I would sincerely recommend you to give them a try. As for the insights, even if you are not going to immediately work with them, it might be a good idea to jot them down (as I did it myself in my “positive notebook“).
Should you have any other good resource to add, please share it in the comment section below.
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