Free Personality Assessments Based on Works of Jung, Myers, Briggs and Keirsey

March 2016 Update

I have added a separate, but very detailed introversion / extraversion assessment from Scientific American magazine. This is the most confusing and misunderstood dimension of the four in the personality assessment below so you might want to try this Scientific American assessment to better understand yourself, and/or the concept of introversion / extraversion, itself, and possibly others with that better understanding.

January 2016 update

The personality assessment here is now available as a free iOS app in the iTunes App Store! (my version is an Excel spreadsheet that works like software)

Thank you very much to Shawn Seymour, a student at the University of Minnesota, Morris, who wrote the app for free and made it available for free! Please check out his other work on his site!

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Get a free, complete personality assessment via the personality typing system created by Carl Jung, popularized by personality assessments as the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator® (MBTI®)* and Keirsey Temperament Sorter® (KTS®). This assessment is neither the MBTI® nor the KTS® (both paid services), though it has the same objective to identify your personality type in Jung’s personality typing system. The questions are just slightly different from the KTS® to extract the most accurate answers from users so you can get the truest results for yourself.

Why is method so important?

All the personality assessments mentioned above rely on how honestly you answer questions about yourself. They are only as good as you can be honest about yourself. Unfortunately, being honest about ourselves is something we are all challenged with to some extent in life. We all have biased self-perception, misconception or ignorance of our nature, or inconsistent understandings of what it means to be something. To overcome that, the questions in the assessment here ask about common real life situations so people can recall how they reacted rather than theorizing how they would react. What people say and do can often be very different! Cultural biases, obscure expressions, words with stigmas or noble connotations, and the like, have also been minimized.

Why do this assessment or do it again?

Ultimately, you’d do this assessment to get an objective view of your personality, what you are generally like in life and how you interact with others of differing personalities. The assessment cover situations at work and play, in various types of relationships and general life, and interactions with all other personality types in Jung’s system.

A side reason, possibly funner and more practical reason, is to see how you compare with anyone else who has taken a version of this, MBTI® or KTS®… or can be persuaded to take one by you. You can even compare yourself to famous people and fictional characters who might have never taken the assessment! Jung’s personality typing system is actually a theory so experts have been able to type people who have never taken the assessments based on their known actions (not words).

If you’ve done MBTI® or KTS® some years before, you might want to try “it” again as people change over time. This is truer if they have lived through life changing events like marriage, children, trauma or otherwise.

Downloads for the personality assessment tool

There are two Excel files for download here, in which you can answer the questions to get your personality type identified and assessed. One file is a modified KTS® assessment with the “best” questions, in my opinion, from KTS® versions I and II. The other is the same assessment with very basic English or “plain language” for people not completely fluent in English. Theoretically, you should get the same result doing either assessment.

Click here to download the Free Personality Assessment (Excel file)

  • Based on the best Jungian personality assessment tool available, in my opinion, developed by David Keirsey in his classic books Please Understand Me and Please Understand Me II.
  • Version here is a “best of” KTS® versions I and II, using questions I thought would elicit most honest answers from most users. KTS-II® is used by the KTS site.
  • Questions ask about real life situations, not abstract concepts like preferred words.
  • Does not ask for absolute answers, but rather preferences.
  • Has been extensively used around the world. Claims to be most popular personality assessment in the world and Web traffic seems to indicate that, but MBTI® is probably most well-known from its longer history (close to 50 years).
  • Has flaws of challenging language, cultural bias, references and expressions which may be challenging to those not fluent in English or have low literacy.

Click here to download the Free Plain Language Personality Assessment (Excel file)

  • Mostly uses questions from the “best of” Modified KTS® version above, for the reasons that make it excellent.
  • Language is simplified so those for whom English is a foreign language, or those with low grade reading levels, can do the assessment and do it accurately. This is actually an excellent ESL or EFL class exercise!
  • Idioms or expressions are minimized.
  • Terms with cultural bias, like noble or stigmatized words, are eliminated.

Doing the Personality Assessment (Fig 1)

Please refer to Figure 1 above.

  • There are 74 multiple choice questions to the test.
  • Just put A or B in the boxes beside each question.
  • You can’t select any cells besides those so no worries about messing up the file.
  • If you put anything besides A or B, the file will tell you to do otherwise.

Getting your Results Summary (Fig 2)

After you have entered an acceptable answer for all 74 questions, click on the RESULTS tab near the bottom left of the window to get your results.

The file tabulates your scores so there are no mistakes, and gives you a summary as shown above.

Click Print and it will print out all on one page automatically, if you want a print out.

Your Results Summary and Full Assessment (Fig 3)

Your results summary is just a brief part of your full assessment. There are multiple PDF files available with tens of pages of content for you to consider if you so wish.

Please click here to download files specific for your personality type results.

MBTI and Myers-Briggs Type Indicator are trademarks or registered trademarks of the MBTI Trust, Inc., in the United States and other countries.

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The Myers-Briggs Personality Type of Your Blog or Site Name

I owe the owner of the blog Life Lessons: An Owner’s Guide for the subject of this post regarding the TypeAlyzer website. The site takes your English or Swedish blog or website URL and churns out some information about your Myers-Briggs personality type, among other things, based on what it can sample of text on your blog. I don’t know how much I’d trust its sampling, but that’s OK. This is for fun.

typealyzer

My post here adds some information which you might find useful after you try your site name on TypeAlyzer because it is rather short on follow up information. You might also want to try some of the real tests to which it refers and get something more real with more depth and meaning for yourself, if you are not familiar with the Myers-Briggs theory. I’m a Myers-Briggs fiend because it changed my life, allowing me to make sense of people… though it’s not a simple theory to practice as I do since people are not easy. Otherwise, people wouldn’t need this test or psychology.

The site is for fun. What I want to introduce you to, if you don’t know it, is for real.

When you enter a site name, the site returns a four letter personality code. Click here to go to the Personality Page site and click on the letter combination among 16 there, and links on those pages to find out more about the personality type. You can get learning styles, loving styles, best career choices and other things. Just remember, this is no bogus fun stuff. Myers-Briggs has been taken by tens or more of millions of people in the world over the years. It’s quite often used as a human resource tool in professional situations.

If you want to give Myers-Briggs a try, use this Human Metrics version.

So what are you and how did you match up with your real results?

My Results

http://digitalcitizen.ca returns an ISTJ, the Duty Fulfiller.

The responsible and hardworking type. They are especially attuned to the details of life and are careful about getting the facts right. Conservative by nature they are often reluctant to take any risks whatsoever.  The Duty Fulfillers are happy to be let alone and to be able to work in their own pace. They know what they have to do and how to do it.

That’s almost accurate… for my blogging. I blog daily like it is a duty, and out of altruism like it is my duty to do my part to help the world in this little way. However, this is a concepts blog, for the most part. It’s all about ideas, like I am, which is iNtuitive (N) instead of Sensing (S). I am an ENFJ, the Giver (sound like Duty Fulfiller in some ways to you?) bordering on ENTJ, the Executives or Field Commander. Look at the strong opinions here and you’ll see why I have an ENTJ streak in me. I’m borderline T and F for scores on the Myers-Briggs Test.

The Love Type answer returns the same ISTJ result. I definitely do not love like a duty fulfiller, though, I can guarantee you that!

In the Sports Type, I am a Guardian, supposedly.

“Sports teach us loyalty, discipline and teamwork!”

The Guardians are sensible, down-to-earth people and the true stabilizers of society. They believe that in the long run loyalty, discipline and teamwork get the job done right. They are in a way the most social of all types and sees sports as a great opportunity to bond with friends and family. They value customs and traditions strongly and love flag waving, mascots and memorial ceremonies of any sort. They gravitate towards family-friendly team sports with long traditions such as baseball. They´re always on the look-out for decent fun to share with their loved ones.

Sports of preference:
Football, Baseball, Basketball and any other sport that lets you spend quality time with your family and friends.

Not very good, I’m afraid. I’m a marathon runner. I sometimes watch football but only because it requires so little attention I can multitask in life. I would not watch sports to be spending “quality time” with family and friends unless they wanted to, not me.

Finally, for the Archetype or generic persona, the result says

Motivation: Belonging

Desire to be yourself and find out about the world

Archetypes:
The Orphan – “all men and women are created equal”
Lover – “I only have eyes for you”
Jester – “If I can´t dance, I don´t want to be part of your revolution”.

Not good, but not bad. Of course, we all want some sort of belonging. I blog solo, though. I don’t visit too many other blogs and interact because I know what I want to read and I don’t feel a need to interact that much online. I prefer face time over Facebook, let’s just say.

Any comments?