What Personality Assessments Can Do For You

Personality assessment tests can help people in Bethesda, MD focus by getting to know their strengths and working on identifiable weaknesses. They can help you develop a new approach to work, relationships and every aspect of your life.

Understanding the patterns and unconscious decisions you make every day is good for long-term planning. If you plan on changing careers, for instance, this self-information can help you plot out your future. Anyone who wants to re-examine their direction and refocus their working goals can benefit from personality assessments.

Benefits of Taking Personality Assessments

Inform Your Career

Should you be an engineer, lawyer, nurse, or astronaut? Career assessment is the art and science of determining your interest in a career or occupation. Such interests range from the investigative, artistic, social, enterprising and more conventional interests. Such interests, along with personality traits are assessed to point someone to the most likely types of occupations, which they might find compatible. Passion is only part of the equation, but your personality may indicate whether it will be a good fit long term. Some companies use personality assessments to place employees in the right job and to sort out unsuitable candidates. Alternatively, companies may use assessments as part of their training.

Decide What to Study

Character assessments help college age students navigate through the wide range of majors available in a university. They can also help you understand how your personality aligns with different majors and professions.

Understand your Strengths and Weaknesses

It may be a bit uncomfortable, but being aware of your best and worst traits can help you grow both personally and professionally and, if necessary, change some aspects of yourself.

For example, based on the Meyer’s-Briggs test, ESFJs, or Extroverted-Sensing-Feeling-Judging individuals, are “caregivers.” This is a great quality unless they let themselves ignore their own needs, which is something this personality type has a tendency to do.

Interestingly, INTP’s, or introverted-intuitive-thinking-perceiving individuals, the supposed opposite of the ESFJ, are “architects.” Whereas the ESFJ may be very empathic, the INTP tends to live in the realm of “pure idea” and value logic over subjective feelings. What can “caregivers” and “architects” possibly have in common? Well, the old saw that opposites attract has some validity. The match between an ESFJ and an INTP may not only be quite stable but rather compatible, weather as marital partners or friends.

Know Yourself

 Human beings in general like the validation that they receive by establishing what group they fit in to, knowing who they are and that there are others like them.

The difficulty comes in establishing who you are as an individual. The more you know yourself, the more ready you will be to perceive and go after what you really need in life, relationships, work, and other areas.

Types of Tests

Personality assessments aim to identify your strengths, weaknesses, style of leadership, and temperament. Some of the most popular include the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator, or MBTI, which presents a picture of unique people with personality differences that can complement each other in team player environments.

The Hogan Personality Inventory, another popular test, is geared for workers who are already in a job and takes note of strengths and shortcomings. It can deliver practical and helpful news to test takers regarding their fit for their current job.

Taking a Personality Assessment

It can be helpful to take an independent personality assessment where you will work one-on-one with a Bethesda psychologist to determine what the results mean to you in terms of career, relationships and other factors. Call Dr. Wilfried Busse at (301) 656-0701 or contact our offices today to schedule an appointment!