I don’t know about you guys, but I love any and every kind of personality test out there. Whether it’s an official science-backed inventory or a Buzzfeed quiz about my breakfast preferences, I love them all. Some (like the Buzzfeed and Cracked quizzes) are just silly and a fun way to kill time with friends, but others are genuinely helpful for understanding who you are as a person.
You probably know your astrological sign (hi, I’m a Capricorn), and you might even know your Hogwarts house (where my Ravenclaws at?), but do you know your Myers-Briggs type? What about your Big Five scores? These personality inventories are fun, but they’re also legitimate, research-backed tests that can give you pretty detailed insights into your past, present, and future self.
(By the way, if you don’t know your Hogwarts house, here’s the official Sorting Hat experience. Go forth and find your wizarding fam.)
Personality inventories are fun, but they’re also legitimate, research-backed tests that can give you pretty detailed insights into your past, present, and future self.
Myers-Briggs Type Indicator
This is probably one of the most well-known personality inventories available. It’s generally abbreviated as MBTI, and there are 16 possible results. There are a lot of sites that you can visit to complete the test, but my personal favorite is 16Personalities because it gives very detailed results about your type when you’re finished.
The test breaks down into four categories:
- Introversion vs. Extroversion
- Sensing vs. Intuition
- Thinking vs. Feeling
- Judging vs. Perceiving
There are strengths and weaknesses to each type, so this isn’t a situation where it’s “better” to be one thing or another. The important part is to reflect on the questions and answer them honestly.
I like this test because I feel like it helps you understand yourself on a deeper level than most personality tests. I’m the type of person who will take personality inventories multiple times over the years to see if my results stay the same, and I’ve found that while there may be one aspect of my personality that shifts slightly, overall my MBTI type has remained the same! (I’m an ISTJ, for the record.)
The Enneagram Test
The Enneagram is another personality test that’s especially popular on social media. While I don’t like it as much as the Myers-Briggs, I do think it’s an interesting test to take! There are nine possible types, and they are all mapped onto a nine-pointed diagram that helps to show you how the different numbered types relate to each other.
According to the Enneagram, each type has a single, driving core belief, and being able to understand what that belief is helps you understand yourself and those around you more empathetically.
As with the MBTI, there are a ton of sites that offer free and paid versions of the Enneagram test. I typically use the Truity test because it’s simple and free.
I’m an even split between Type 6 and Type 1. How about you?
The Big Five Assessment
The Big Five test measures five aspects of your personality:
- Openness (how willing you are to engage in new experiences)
- Conscientiousness (how organized and reliable you are)
- Agreeableness (how well you interact with others)
- Extroversion (how outgoing you are)
- Neuroticism (how sensitive you are to emotion)
Again, as with all personality inventories, there are no “good” or “bad” results. The Big Five test can tell you a lot about your personality that you may have struggled to articulate in the past. I’m the kind of person who isn’t easily able to tell you exactly what I’m thinking or feeling without taking time to really consider it, so having tools like these personality inventories is very helpful for getting in touch with my personality and behavior patterns.
Plus, it’s fun to take these types of quizzes that force you to think about how you view the world! You can find a version of the Big Five inventory on the Truity website that I mentioned above, or you can take the test on the Big Five Test website. I’ve used both and gotten similar results, so it’s mostly a matter of preference.
Bonus: Alignment Test
You’ve probably seen memes that reference the Dungeons and Dragons alignment chart, but if you don’t play D&D, you probably have no reason to think much about it or have any clue what your alignment would be.
I don’t play D&D, but I did find a fun test that lets you find out whether you’re Lawful Good like Captain America or Chaotic Evil like the Joker. You can find the test here.
Tell Me Your Results
I love learning as much as I can about myself and others, so if you take any of the tests I’ve mentioned, drop your results in the comments! If you know of any interesting personality tests that I didn’t mention, feel free to link those too.