“Who am I?” is one of the world’s most difficult questions. Whether you’re young or old, it’s difficult to find words to describe who you really are. This is the lure of personality quizzes. In order to understand ourselves, we look to these tests to help us dig deeper into who we really are. We know they’re not always accurate, but hey we identify with these quiz results. Let us live!
The most widely known personality quiz is the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI). Despite being debunked numerous times, self-proclaimed self-aware types still cling to these as truth. Reading about yourself can be amusing, but once you’ve memorized your MBTI and that of everyone you know, it might be time to branch out and seek self-awareness elsewhere.
We’ve listed every quiz for every personality type. The more, the merrier, as our therapist likes to say.
Jungian hero archetype
If you’ve always thought of yourself as the main character in your own movie, here’s the test to prove it. The hero archetypes were popularized by psychologist Carl Jung to understand the human psyche. He theorized that all archetypes go through a universal story differentiated only by their approach to the plot points of their life. There are 12 primary archetypes, defined by their basic motivations and core desires.
Ego-driven archetypes, like the hero and the magician, want to make the world better by leaving their mark on it. Meanwhile, social archetypes like jester, lover and everyman change the world through their connections with others. Caregiver, ruler and artist are order-driven, they want to understand and manage the world but freedom-driven archetypes like innocent, sage and explorer want to explore themselves and further their understanding of their existence.
One personality quiz that’s becoming more popular recently is the Enneagram of Personality. It’s a network of nine personality types that’s been used to map human consciousness and development. The goal of knowing your Enneagram personality is to foster self-awareness, as the personality types show your bad sides, too.
Like MBTI, they also have one-word descriptors for each personality like The Reformer, The Achiever and The Investigator. They also have a nine-point illustration (that looks like a pentagram at first, but it’s really not) that shows how you can find yourself in all of the personality types—so really, it’s not like MBTI at all. If you want a not-so-rude awakening about your bad habits and the ways you can improve or eliminate them, Enneagram is a must.
Big Five Personality
Let’s face it, some personality quizzes can be too ambiguous in an attempt to cater to every facet of human personality, rendering them suspicious and ineffective, but the Big Five model leans into that. Instead of strict binaries, Big Five provides five personality spectrums: conscientiousness, agreeableness, neuroticism, openness to experience and extraversion.
The way this works is that you are categorized on where you fall on the given spectrums. There is a multitude of words to describe each point in the spectrum, so it’s both broad and likely accurate. This is the most widely accepted theory of personality among psychologists and if you want to learn more about your own complexities, consider taking it.
More recent than the ones mentioned above, the Creative Type test was developed by Adobe to help people understand who they are as creatives. There are eight creative types, The Artist, The Thinker, The Adventurer, The Maker, The Producer, The Dreamer, The Innovator and The Visionary.
The 15-item test can help you understand your motivations and how you approach challenges. Aside from personality descriptions, the test also helps takers gain insight on how to face certain challenges. What’s interesting about this is also the fact that at different points in your creative process, you may shift from one personality type to another and even exist as all personality types all at once.