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How to Live Your Best Life – 4 Assessments to Get Started

live your best lifeSo, who are you REALLY?  Not quite sure you know the answer? It may be time to take a test to find out so you can finally figure out how to live your best life.

Live Your Best Life – 4 Assessments to Get Started

This post has been written by our staff writer, Kerah Kemmerer.

It’s likely you’ve been required to take a personality assessment at least once in your lifetime. At least, it’s not uncommon for employers to require these types of tests when on boarding a new team member. But how useful are these assessments and can you really get to know yourself better by taking them?

I personally believe these tests can help you can gain some valuable introspective insight, but go ahead and decide for yourself. Can’t hurt to try if you are seeking out ways to live your best life.

Where it all began

Personality assessment testing first began back in the early 1900’s. One of the original tests was created to help screen potential WWI recruits and weed out those who had a high risk of developing “shell shock.” Sadly, the test, (the Woodworth Personal Data Sheet), was not completed in time and was never actually used for it’s intended purpose. However, it laid the foundation for the creation of other tests to follow.

But why even take these tests?

Over the years, there have been many personality assessments developed in an effort to shed some light on our sense of “self.” To help us better understand how we interact with the world at large and how to expect the world to interact with us.

While these assessments are fun to take and do offer quite a bit of insight into our unique personality traits, it is good to keep in mind that the results are meant merely as a guide and should not be considered infallible.  Human nature is prone to waver in it’s assessment of self, and life circumstances, social and cultural expectations, and a desire to choose more “likeable” traits during a test can sometimes influence the results.

Still – a lot can be learned by taking the time to sit down and honestly observe the way you view the world. If you want to live your best life and become the person that you’ve always wanted to be, then you’d better learn who you actually are at this moment.

Below are four of the most popular personality assessments designed to help you:

  • gain a better understanding of your strengths,
  • your inner motivations,
  • your dominant traits,
  • and ultimately, how to live your best life.

So let’s get started!

1) Myers & Briggs

Myers and Briggs may be one of the most familiar names out there in the personality assessment world. The test, developed by Isabel Briggs Myers, and her mother, Katharine Briggs, was designed as a way to dig deeper into the theories of  Carl Jung and make them more accessible and applicable to others.

There are four basic dichotomies of personality presented by Jung that Myers and Briggs break out into sixteen more specific personality types.

Taking this assessment will help you better understand where you fall on the scale of:

  • introverted vs extroverted
  • sensing vs intuition
  • thinking vs feeling
  • judging vs perceiving

A breakdown of how these categories apply to your specific personality will provide some insight into how you innately view and interact with the world. This assessment will seek out your natural or gut response to a hypothetical situation and help you better understand why you think and feel the way you do by defining your innate personality traits.

Go ahead and take the test now! Give yourself about 20 minutes or so and don’t overthink the questions. Go with your gut. Remember, there is no right or wrong answer!

can't make your student loan payments - work2) 16 Personalities

This next assessment builds on the foundation of Myers Briggs, but digs a bit deeper. If you already know your type from the aforementioned test, you can dig right into learning about the theory behind 16 Personalities.

This assessment looks at similar concepts but provides greater insight into each of these five:

  • Mind
  • Energy
  • Nature
  • Tactics
  • Identity

What’s great about this assessment is that it provides a pretty comprehensive look at your specific results. While the test and initial results are free, there is an option to purchase an e-book that will show how your personality integrates with work, relationships, parenting and more.

Ready to live your best life? Take this assessment ASAP!

3. The Enneagram

If you haven’t been hearing about this personality assessment lately, you may be living under a rock.  Numbers one through nine are popping up everywhere on social media profile bios as a way to help further define individuals.

According to the Enneagram Institute, this assessment  “helps us to see ourselves at a deeper, more objective level and can be of invaluable assistance on our path to self-knowledge.”

There are nine basic personality types highlighted in this assessment. While many people will identify slightly with each type, every individual will have a dominant trait and sometimes a wing trait.

Each type is defined here.

One of the most useful parts of this resource is learning about compatibility between numbers. Understanding the strengths and challenges of say, a six (the loyalist) and a two (the helper) together, will help strengthen overall friendships and relationships.

While the test through the primary site requires payment, there is a free version here. It’s helpful to read through the resources on both sites to gain a better understanding of your Enneagram number and how it affects the way you relate to the world.

This assessment may provide the most thorough understanding of individual personality traits, and provide the most insightful approach to better understanding oneself better.

Free Enneagram Assessment

how small businesses can prosper4) The DISC Personality Test

Finally, one of the most well-known tests in the world is the DISC assessment. Based on a theory by psychologist William Moulton Marston, the actual assessment was later developed by industrial psychologist Walter Vernon Clarke

It’s a test that can be taken within 10 minutes or so that helps define your personality based on an evaluation of your typical behavior.  This test contains 28 groups of four statements and you are to select from each grouping the statement that is most like you and one that is least like you.

It was a little challenging to select only one statement I agreed/disagreed with when there were several I could have chosen. Go with the statements you feel the most strongly represent your initial gut response.

While there isn’t as much free information available with these test results, there is an option to upgrade for a more in-depth look at your results. This assessment is probably my least favorite of the four, but it may resonate strongly for others, so be sure to at least give it a shot!

DISC Assessment

Bonus: Strengths Finder

Promoted by the Gallop Corporation, this assessment is a very valuable tool in defining not only overall personal strengths, but also workplace strengths.

According to the site, this test will enable you to “receive insights that will change the way you work and will impact the rest of your life. Discover what makes you exceptional and maximize your potential…”

I added this one as a bonus because there is no free version. The full assessment costs $49.99, while a partial results version costs $19.99. 

This test outlines 34 strengths found within four domains:

  • Strategic Thinking
  • Executing
  • Influencing
  • Relationship Building

I have taken this assessment before and would say it is definitely worth the money in the context of working within a team-centric environment. While the results showcase individual strengths that can be applied to all areas of life, I believe it shines in helping others learn how to work more effectively together.

Next Steps to Live Your Best Life

So what do you think? Are you eager to jump in and gain some insight into what makes you tick? Have you ever been required to take a personality assessment? I’d love to hear which you one decide to try!

Ready to live your best life now? Take an assessment and improve your future!

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