Activity Set: Personality Assessments
Personality Assessments: Quick Overview (Read below for more detailed information)
Part 1: Personality Type
- FREE 16 Personalities Assessment: http://www.16personalities.com/free-personality-test
- Lifework Activity: Four-Letter Code and list of 3 to 5 characteristics
Part 2: Enneagram
- FREE Enneagram Personality Test: https://www.truity.com/test/enneagram-personality-test
- Lifework Activity: Type “Number” and list of 3 to 5 characteristics
Part 3: The Big Five Aspects
- FREE Big Five Aspects Personality Assessment: https://bigfiveaspects.com/
- Lifework Activity: List of Traits with percentages above 60% and list of 3 to 5 characteristics
Part 4: Holland Code Aptitude
- FREE Holland Code Job Aptitude Test: https://www.truity.com/test/holland-code-career-test
- Lifework Activity: Primary and Secondary Interests Areas and list of 3 to 5 characteristics
All of the results from these activities will be part of your Character Resume.
Need Example of results? Click on Bill’s Character Resume to see his Personality Assessment results: character resume-bill johnson example, 6-15-22.
Introduction to Personality Assessments
The Personality Assessments that you’ll be doing this week are just one of many tools to learn about yourself. Understanding your personality and what makes you tick can help you be a better student, employee, partner, friend, etc.; in fact, these assessments have been used to identify strengths, weaknesses, and tendencies; choose potential majors and careers; define how you work and play with others; how you communicate more clearly; how you learn; how you handle stress; and even help you find potential life partners!
We have FOUR Assessments in this section:
- Personality Type (Myers-Briggs)
- The Big Five Aspects
- Holland Code Aptitude
To get the most accurate results, make sure your responses are honest and reflect who you are RIGHT NOW, not who hope to be at some point in the future.
Part 1: Personality Type Assessment (Myers-Briggs)
The Personality Type is one of the most widely used personality assessments that identifies what makes you tick.
- Take the FREE 16 Personalities Assessment: http://www.16personalities.com/free-personality-test (takes about 8-10 minutes to complete).
- Once you complete the Assessment, write down your “Four-Letter Code,” read the description for your TYPE, then choose THREE (3) to FIVE (5) words/characteristics that seem to describe you best.
The Personality Type Assessment is based on four different paired categories:
- Extraverted (E) vs. Introverted (I): Do you get your energy from other people (E), or from your own internal world (I)?
- Sensing (S) vs. Intuitive (N): Do you focus on the present and what you can see (S), or the future and what you can imagine (N)?
- Thinking (T) vs. Feeling (F): Do you make decisions based on logic (T), or on values and people (F)?
- Judging (J) or Perceiving (P): Do you prefer things structured and organized (J), or flexible and spontaneous (P)?
Once you complete this personality type assessment, you will end up with one of these sixteen codes: INFP, INFJ, ENFJ, ENFP, INTJ, ENTJ, ENTP, INTP, ESFJ, ESFP, ISFJ, ISFP, ESTJ, ESTP, ISTJ, ISTP (for this particular test, you can ignore the letter after the dash). There are no wrong or right answers…it’s just who you are. You will also be provided a documents/report that outlines various aspects of your personality, including strengths and weaknesses, career paths, and workplace habits.
Additional Resources for Further Exploration:
- (Video) Discover Your Myers Briggs Personality Type: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WQoOqQiVzwQ
- The 16 Personality Type Profiles: https://www.truity.com/view/types
- Careers and Majors (Ball State University) – https://www.bsu.edu/about/administrativeoffices/careercenter/tools-resources/personality-types
- Choosing a College Major – http://cds.sdce.edu/sites/default/files/choosing%20a%20college%20major%20with%20your%20Personality%20Type.pdf
Part 2: Enneagram Assessment
The Enneagram is a personality assessment that aims to reveal how emotions drive our lives and how we engage with others in an effort to get what we want.
- Take the FREE Enneagram Personality Test: https://www.truity.com/test/enneagram-personality-test (takes 8 to 10 minutes to complete).
- Once you complete the Assessment, you will receive a number (1 through 9) that represents your Enneagram Type, then choose three (3) to FIVE (5) words/characteristics that seem to describe you best. NOTE: DO NOT pay for the explanation of your Enneagram Type; click on the links below for a FREE detailed description of your Enneagram number:
- The Nine Enneagram Type Descriptions: https://www.enneagraminstitute.com/type-descriptions
- The Complete Guide to The Enneagram Personality Test – https://www.growthmarketingpro.com/enneagram-personality-test/
Brief explanation of the Nine Enneagram Types:
- Type One is principled, purposeful, self-controlled, and perfectionistic.
- Type Two is generous, demonstrative, people-pleasing, and possessive.
- Type Three is adaptable, excelling, driven, and image-conscious.
- Type Four is expressive, dramatic, self-absorbed, and temperamental.
- Type Five is perceptive, innovative, secretive, and isolated.
- Type Six is engaging, responsible, anxious, and suspicious.
- Type Seven is spontaneous, versatile, acquisitive, and scattered.
- Type Eight is self-confident, decisive, willful, and confrontational.
- Type Nine is receptive, reassuring, complacent, and resigned.
Additional Resources for Further Exploration:
- (Video) A Brief Introduction to the Enneagram: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kURdIlRQjYE
- The Nine Types of Students: http://www.fitzel.ca/enneagram/students.html
- Enneagram Type 1 Description: http://www.russellrowe.com/enneagram-types/enneagram-type-1-description.pdf
- Enneagram Type 2 Description: http://www.russellrowe.com/enneagram-types/enneagram-type-2-description.pdf
- Enneagram Type 3 Description: http://www.russellrowe.com/enneagram-types/enneagram-type-3-description.pdf
- Enneagram Type 4 Description – http://www.russellrowe.com/enneagram-types/enneagram-type-4-description.pdf
- Enneagram Type 5 Description – http://www.russellrowe.com/enneagram-types/enneagram-type-5-description.pdf
Enneagram Type 6 Description – http://www.russellrowe.com/enneagram-types/enneagram-type-6-description.pdf
- Enneagram Type 7 Description – http://www.russellrowe.com/enneagram-types/enneagram-type-7-description.pdf
- Enneagram Type 8 Description – http://www.russellrowe.com/enneagram-types/enneagram-type-8-description.pdf
- Enneagram Type 9 Description – http://www.russellrowe.com/enneagram-types/enneagram-type-9-description.pdf
Part 3: The Big Five Aspects Personality Assessment
The Big Five Aspects Personality Assessment is another assessment that provides information about who you are. The Big Five personality traits are Openness, Conscientiousness, Extraversion, Agreeableness, and Neuroticism (OCEAN). Each trait represents a continuum; individuals can fall anywhere on the continuum for each trait. The Big Five remain relatively stable throughout most of one’s lifetime. They are influenced significantly by both genes and the environment, with an estimated heritability of 50%. They are also known to predict certain important life outcomes such as education and health.
- Take the FREE Big Five Aspects Personality Assessment here: https://bigfiveaspects.com/. (Alternative Tests can be found at: https://www.truity.com/test/big-five-personality-test and https://openpsychometrics.org/tests/IPIP-BFFM/)
- Write down your scores for the five categories; then choose TWO (2) to THREE (3) words/characteristics that describe any scores above 60%. (Use the links below to find your words/characteristics).
Here’s a description of the five traits:
- Openness – describes a person’s tendency to think in abstract, complex ways. Openness is strongly related to a person’s interest in art and culture.
- Conscientiousness – describes a person’s ability to exercise self-discipline and control in order to pursue their goals. The concept of Conscientiousness focuses on a dilemma we all face: shall I do what feels good now, or instead do what is less fun but will pay off in the future?
- Extraversion – describes a person’s inclination to seek stimulation from the outside world, especially in the form of attention from other people. Extraversion seems to be related to the emotional payoff that a person gets from achieving a goal.
- Agreeableness – describes a person’s tendency to put others’ needs ahead of their own, and to cooperate rather than compete with others.
- Neuroticism – describes a person’s tendency to experience negative emotions, including fear, sadness, anxiety, guilt, and shame. While everyone experiences these emotions from time to time, some people are more prone to them than others. This trait can be thought of as an alarm system.
Additional Resources and Descriptions for Further Exploration:
- The Big Five Personality Traits – https://www.verywellmind.com/the-big-five-personality-dimensions-2795422
- The Big Five Personality Traits – https://www.simplypsychology.org/big-five-personality.html
- How to interpret the results of a Big 5 (OCEAN) assessment – https://www.testgorilla.com/blog/how-to-interpret-the-results-of-a-big-5-ocean-assessment/
- What Are The Big 5 Personality Traits? – https://www.thomas.co/resources/type/hr-guides/what-are-big-5-personality-traits
Part 4: Holland Code Aptitude Test
This version of the Holland Code Career Tests will help you define your aptitude for certain types of work, based on your personality.
- Take the FREE Holland Code Job Aptitude Test: https://www.truity.com/test/holland-code-career-test
- Write down your Primary and Secondary Interests, as well as any words/characteristics that identifies particular job tasks, core values and needs, and personality traits.
When you complete the Assessment, you’ll be provided with a great deal of information, such as your Primary and Secondary Interests, Job Tasks, Core Values, and Key Personality Traits, as well as your core needs, tasks and activities that suit you, and those that you don’t like. Again, this is just one piece of a bigger picture about you, but provides you more information about who you are and what suits you.
The Six Interests Areas:
- Building – Building jobs involve the use of tools, machines, or physical skill. Builders like working with their hands and bodies, working with plants and animals, and working outdoors.
- Thinking – Thinking jobs involve theory, research, and intellectual inquiry. Thinkers like working with ideas and concepts, and enjoy science, technology, and academia.
- Creating – Creating jobs involve art, design, language, and self-expression. Creators like working in unstructured environments and producing something unique.
- Helping – Helping jobs involve assisting, teaching, coaching, and serving other people. Helpers like working in cooperative environments to improve the lives of others.
- Persuading – Persuading jobs involve leading, motivating, and influencing others. Persuaders like working in positions of power to make decisions and carry out projects.
- Organizing – Organizing jobs involve managing data, information, and processes. Organizers like to work in structured environments to complete tasks with precision and accuracy.
Have fun as you get to explore your personality!
P.S. If you’d like to share your results and/or share your thoughts about these assessments, please feel free to share your comments in the “Comments” box below.