What are personality tests and why are they so important?

By now most of us at some stage in our life would have taken a personality type test in some form or another. A personality test is a questionnaire designed to reveal aspects of your character or psychological make-up. They are incredibly useful for both individuals, businesses, and coaches. Psychometric Tests allow us to see our differences as strengths, so we can help each other to shine. There are obviously many different types of tests and theories that are being applied. One needs only look at tests such as the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator test (MBTI), Minnesota Multiphasic Personality Inventory (MMPI) and many more. One thing is however very clear that the majority of the modern psychometric testing industry finds its roots in the work of Swiss psychiatrist Carl Jung, and his book Psychological Types published in 1921. If you have ever heard of the concept of archetypes, the collective unconscious, and synchronicity, these are all terms popularized by Carl Jung (as are terms of introvert/extrovert, and sensory/intuitive)! Where did Jung’s information come from? In 1920, a year before he published ‘Psychological Types”, Carl Jung was the first in the west to publish the ancient Chinese text, the I Ching (Written in 3,000 BC). Richard Wilhelm, who brought the text back from China, explained to Jung the Chinese five elements, which today form the main personality ‘types’ (Water grows Wood that fuels Fire that settles to Earth which mines Metal that flows back to Water). Below you will find some featured personality type tests for you to review.  

 

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