If you’re currently single and considering jumping back in to the dating world, you might want to consider taking some personality tests beforehand. These tests, which we normally associate with finding the right career, can be extremely useful in self exploration and can serve as valuable tools for anyone who wants to cast a keen eye on issues of compatibility in a relationship.
Here is a brief explanation of some of the more common personality tests. Each test can be taken online for free in a manner of mere minutes (though sometimes only in an abbreviated format).
The Myers-Briggs Personality Test
The Myers-Briggs Personality Test, or more accurately, the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator, divides people in to sixteen different categories based upon four axes, each with two poles. People are categorized as extroverts or introverts, sensing or intuitive, thinking or feeling, and judging or perceiving.
Most people have a strong grasp of their degree of introversion, but the remaining three categories can be a bit more elusive. They deal with how we gather information, make decisions, and the kind of “lifestyle” that we seek. This last axis, judging or perceiving, is typically what’s referred to as the lifestyle axis. This spectrum centers on the kinds of roles that people are comfortable assuming in their lives.
Though used most often by career counselors and HR offices to help individuals find the right professional path, an immense amount of personal insight can be gained from the test that can be applied to your dating life. You can take a truncated version of the test at the Human Metrics website here (choose the Jung Typology Test, since it includes the fourth axis covering lifestyle, the test is technically a Myers-Briggs Assessment).
Jung Marriage Test
According to the Jungian research that is at the core of the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator (Jung was responsible for developing all but the lifestyle axis of the test), some personality categories make for better matches than others. If you’re in a relationship and are intrigued by how well you might “match up” with your potential partner, you can take a demo version of the Jung Marriage Test here at the Human Metrics site.
The Jung Marriage test simply requires you to indicate the type and relative weight of each person’s profile, and will develop a compatibility likelihood as a result. But be careful! If your relationship is in its infancy, the idea of a compatibility test might be more than enough to scare that new significant other off. And even if you both are interested in taking it, don’t be downtrodden by a negative result. No brief questionnaire can effectively encapsulate the full complexity of two human beings. Treat as more of a novelty and an information resource than an actual predictor of relationship success.
Dr. Phil’s Relationship Health Profile Test and Related Tests
If Myers-Briggs isn’t your cup of tea, or you’re looking for something with a more modern pop psychology flare, you can check out the set of quizzes offered by television psychology guru Dr. Phil McGraw. At. Dr. Phil’s website, a set of quizzes are offered that cover the health of your relationship, potential compatibility between two people, “partner awareness,” and “relationship communication.”
You can take all four of Dr. Phil’s tests for free by following this link to Dr. Phil’s website.
Jung Typology Test/Myers-Briggs Type Indicator. http://www.humanmetrics.com/. Explanation of types: http://www.humanmetrics.com/cgi-win/JungType.htm. Accessed 10/31/2010.
Jung Marriage Test. http://www.humanmetrics.com/infomate/infomatedemo.asp. Accessed 10/31/2010.
Dr. Phil’s relationship and compatibility tests. http://www.drphil.com/articles/article/361. Accessed 10/31/2010.