Using Personality Tests to Improve Your Life: 5 Tips

Think personality tests like the MBTI or Enneagram are a bunch of mumbo jumbo? Think again! While these tests can be a load of fun and interesting to read, they can also be incredibly useful in multiple facets of your life with practical application.

Using Personality Tests to Improve Your Life: 5 Tips
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Taking a personality test can help you in many different ways. You’ll need to get familiar with the basics, such as the ENFJ meaning (or whichever type you’re categorised as), and figure out which character traits really apply to you (no test can be 100% accurate to an individual), but once you know what’s going on, you can use the information to improve the way you live. Here’s how:

Know Your Flaws

Firstly, reading through your test results without feeling like you’re being attacked might be a little hard, but it’s important to go through your type’s weaknesses.

Take the information provided to you and look closely at yourself. Consider your behaviours, your thought patterns and whether or not these align with the weaknesses identified in your personality type. The flaws you’re most in denial about might very well be the ones you need to consider the closest.

Know Your Strengths

Luckily, it’s not all bad. Your personality test will also identify which areas in life you’re absolutely awesome at. Perhaps you work well as part of a team, maybe you’re a natural-born leader. Some of us are destined to care for others, while certain people are crazy productive when they can be alone and independent.

Whatever your strengths might be, identify them, pat yourself on the back, and then consider how they can be used for the improvement of your own life and the lives of those around you.

Challenge Yourself

Once you have an idea of where you’re succeeding and where you tend to fall short, you can start working on self-improvement. You’ll be able to focus on your strengths, apply and improve them and even transform your weaknesses into strengths too.

Knowing yourself thoroughly puts you in the perfect position to challenge yourself to become the best version of yourself that you can be.

Pick the Perfect Career

This information can help you in your personal life, and in your career too. Understanding that you recharge when you’re alone will allow you to look out for jobs suited to introverts instead of a socially demanding career. On the other hand, knowing that you work well with people and feel ultimately satisfied when you’re helping others will guide you onto the perfect career path for your type.

This is an excellent tool to use when searching for jobs or even deciding what to study after high school.

Improve Your Relationships

Finally, we all want a perfectly happy relationship, but this is not always easy to achieve. Knowing our personality types as well as the types of those closest to us can be immensely helpful. We’ll be able to gain an understanding of what both parties need, how they communicate and how conflict can be managed between two or even more people.

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