Personality tests:


personality test is a questionnaire or other standardized instrument designed to reveal aspects of an individual’s character or psychological makeup.

The first personality tests were developed in 1920s[1] and were intended to ease the process of personnel selection, particularly in the armed forces. Since these early efforts of these test, a wide variety of personality tests have been developed, notably the Myers Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI), the MMPI, and a number of tests based on the Five Factor Model of personality.

Today, personality tests have become a $400 million-a-year industry[2] and are used in a range of contexts, including individual and relationship counseling, career planning, employee selection and development, and customer interaction management.

The link under is a site with some free tests, if you want to try some 🙂


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  1. Thank you, it is interesting. I have done some personalitytests previously, and comes out in the Myers-Brigg as INTJ/INTP. I have, however, yet to meet a psychologist/psychiatrist/therapist interested in discussing this with me. I think that is rather odd, and a bit frustrating. (I have mused over this in two posts, both, unfortunately, in Norwegian Dr. House: hva driver oss? (Dr. House, what drives us?) and Personlighetstester, personlighetstyper )

    I would very much like to know why (so many!) professionals in psychiatry have so much against even discussing these things :-/

    • My attitude is that what interests the patient, interests me. Maybe the lack of discussion might be because we (psychologists) simply do not learn much about it in our studies and practical teaching. We learn about other personality tests like big five and tests for personality disorders like MMPI or SCID-II, but I think we need to be openminded to what others show an interest for. Even if it might not be used a lot, and even if we have too little training in it, it can be as meaningful for the person taking it and might have a lot of interesting information in it. The more a person engage in the exploration of ones self, the better (in my opinion, which, of course, might not be the same as other doctors, psychiatrists or psychologist).
      Thanks for the interesting reply!

      • I certainly take your point (and thanks for prompt answer), and I understand that. What irks me though, is that every time I bring it up it gets sidetracked (yes, I am good at spotting that 😉 I do not talk about it anymore, as the responses I get is not fruitful in any way and seems to carry a certain critique. So I am left to try to figure out this on my own.

        Yes, I agree with you that it is sensible for the therapist to pay attention to what the patient finds interesting… it should therefore not be very hard to get me to talk on those subjects 😀 I have repeatedly said to various therapists that I see these tests as a tool; I am not stupid: I understand there are no final sum. So there can be no final answer. I have said that the tests though, could be used as a starting point, as I have had some tough emotional reactions to them.

        Somehow they always manage to “…but what is more interesting is what you feel about …(something else entirely)”. I am sorry if I sound a little snippy; but this is one of the great dissapointments in my psych. care. I cannot for the life of me understand why we cannot discuss these results as a starting point.

        To make it easier for all involved, I even visualised it in a simple image, to ease communication about these things. And yet; over the timespan of a year, I have yet to have an actual chat about this:

      • from what you have written, I see an intelligent person trying to make sense of the world and oneself. That should never be ignored. We (and I still have to point out that I can only speak for myself, the “group” of people health-care consist of, is varied) sure could listen more to what our patient ACTUALLY try to say, sometimes it can be too easy to interpret it as something else (avoidance and so on). Of course, I, like a lot of us, fail many times. We might not be alert enough, think too much about something else that was just said or simply fail to notice how important something is for others. It will happen, the sad things is when the connection (for me its all about the connection) is not strong enough for honesty: That is: If the patient feels ignored, that I actually can make room for that to be said.

        You write good english. Have you even written blog-posts in that language? Tell me if you would like to post something on our blog, we need constructive comments like this, to keep the system alive and well (no use in talking about “brukermedvirkning” if nobody actually listens), and to make it even better (because much still needs to be done in the health sector, perspectives like yours is what a system that cares for its inhabitants, should encourage).

  2. Well, interesting and efficient communication! Nothing better than that 😉

    I have tried so, so hard… The one thing I have not done, in my frustration over not being heard on these issues, is to stand on the table and shout. I have done everything else I can think of, such as loudly saying repeatedly: “this is important to me! I need to understand this! This is essential!” I have spoken loudly, I have visualized and drawn models, I have written pages and pages and I have repeated myself endlessly. Oh, well. After a year, I am beginning to think that therapy is not for me, I have tried so hard for so long, I seem to be wasting everybodys time, my own included.

    Anyway. Yes, I have written quite a lot in english in my time… blogs, technical docs, scientific papers, reports, summaries. I have lived in various english-speaking contries for a number of years.

    If I would like to contribute..? Suppose I could – do you have anything particular in mind? Writing in english will of course change the content a little, but I figure that might be a good thing. One thought is of course to translate some of my already exsisting posts? You can get in touch with me through this page. Drop me an email let me know what you think.

    • I just took one of the myer-briggs tests, because I found it interesting, and ended up with:
      Extroverted (E) 50% Introverted (I) 50%
      Intuitive (N) 54.55% Sensing (S) 45.45%
      Feeling (F) 74.19% Thinking (T) 25.81%
      Perceiving (P) 55.56% Judging (J) 44.44%

      Your type is: INFP

      Thank you for the contact information 🙂 An email will arrive shortly

  3. Being an ex-school teacher I had to endure many tests. Yes, I know they are pretty accurate but sometimes I wish I did not what they said. It predisposes me to certain actions and I do not like to be predictable. Of course this randomness makes me predictable to being a random person. I do know this sometimes, just sometimes people change. My wife thinks it is mind over matter. Viewing things differently is just part of the world.

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    • Thank you so much for this comment! We started the blog earlier this year, but the blog owner had experience with blogging before that. Happy you like the content. Something you`d want us to write more about?

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