Personality Test

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A personality test aims to describe aspects of a person’s character that remain stable throughout their lifetime (patterns of behavior, thoughts, and feelings). The 20th century heralded a new interest in defining and identifying separate personality types, in close correlation with the emergence of the field of psychology. As such, several distinct tests emerged; some attempt to identify specific characteristics, while others attempt to identify personality as a whole. The Myers-Briggs Type Indicator describes categories of functioning where individuals differ, such as introverted or extroverted.

The Strength Deployment Inventory assesses motivation, or purpose, of behavior, rather than the behavior itself. The 5-factor test is popular a tool for career planning, and has been shown to predict job satisfaction and performance. However, it is easy for personality test participants to become complacent about their own personal uniqueness and instead become dependent on the description associated with them. This can be potentially dangerous with persons who are already suffering from a form of identity disorder or may be a catalyst to instigate particular behaviors in a person who was previously believed to be of sound mental health.

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