Does the idea of having an explanation of your psychological profile — a personality inventory that’s been used for years by counselors, businesses, schools, and even the military — appeal to you? If you’re interested in a truly in-depth understanding of your own personality, beyond the simple scope of a Facebook meme or online quiz, check out the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI) personality assessment.
The first step is to take a Myers-Briggs personality indicator (for lack of a simpler explanation, something like an informal self-assessment or quiz, where there’s no such thing as a wrong answer). While Myers-Briggs.org recommends using a trained professional to assess your type, there’s usually a fee for this service. However, you can find many useful MBTI assessments free online. Here’s where to take them, and what to expect when you do.
16Personalities — After taking a 15-minute online test (in which sliding bars indicate your level of agreement with each statement), you’ll be given your MBTI personality type, along with a breakdown of preferences in percentages. Quick links offer you the option to share the results through social media and/or email yourself the results of your test. As for the validity of the results, I can report that my own type on this assessment were consistent with others I’ve taken. After you receive your results, you’re given the option to explore a more in-depth description of your type, first in generalities and then broken down into personality, relationships (including romantic, friendships, and parenting), and professional life.
Humanetrics.com –This quiz provides 72 statements to which you give yes/no answers. If you tend to waffle over your answers, this online MBTI test might work best for you. You’ll discover your Myers-Briggs type, find out which careers best suit your personality, and be offered career development resources to further explore your type indicator and how it might affect your professional life.
Personality Pathways — This site offers a quick, 4-question basic type indicator. After taking the quick questionnaire, follow the link marked, “Guide to Verifying your MBTI Personality Type Score” for additional information to help decode your results. While it’s one of the shortest self-assessments, it nonetheless provided me results consistent with other MBTI assessments.
Psychology-tools.com — A 70-step indicator tool asks you to read a statement and then select one of two options for each in response. My result was consistent with the results of nearly every other MBTI indicator I’ve taken. After scoring your result, you’ll get a percentage breakdown for your four-letter type. The site does offer a forum for discussion of the 16 MBTI types, as well as other psychology-related topics.
MBTI-test.com — This indicator test asks you to respond with “like me” or “not like me” to 56 statements. At the end of the process, you’ll get your type result. My own result after taking this “test” was slightly different than most other MBTI indicators; I suspect this is due to the dichotomy of some of the options. The overview of type was limited in both scope and clarity, and not nearly as in-depth as those offered by some other sites.
The MBTI psychometric assessment based on the work of Carl Jung and Myers-Briggs is a formula for understanding yourself, your interpersonal relationships, romantic life… even your hobbies and work preferences. Find out your personality type today.