Leave it to me to be enthralled by online personality tests but come the fuck on, how could you not be. One of the best things about the internet is the infinite amount of information (and misinformation) at your fingertips. Pair that with humanity’s never-ending semi-narcissistic quest to understand yourself and – voila – more personality tests than you could shake a stick at.
As with anything free, you get what you pay for and c’est la vie. That said, online personality tests range from interesting to absolutely ridiculous. For every applicable test from Carl Jung or Sigmund Freud there are no kidding at least a hundred tests that label you with an anime character or your 80’s theme song. Now, nothing against the amusement and entertainment of the ridiculous tests that help you blow off steam and share some laughs – but at the end of the day, my version of self improvement stems from something a little more substantial. Personal growth and self-evolution should be a natural part of life, not something we whimsically run and hide from and only pay attention to when absolutely necessary.
When I was a young, impressionable high school student – one of my best friends approached me with a personalty test that I still use to this day. It’s short, sweet and simple – just the way these personality inventories should be. Little did I know this test came from the mastermind of Jung himself, but it completely makes sense when you consider his background in art and color therapy. Now, I haven’t used it in a very long time so this will be just as fun for me as it will for the rest of you.
This is a great test for a lazy night at home with your significant other, a family vacation or simply a lazy afternoon at the office. Put simply, as humans we’ve sprawled the seas and marched across the world so the last feasible manifest destiny is of the mind – and what better way to get to know the world around you than getting to know yourself just a little bit better? So, whip out a pen and a piece of paper and write down the first thing that comes to mind for each item – then hit the jump to see how you stack up.
1. First, name a color. Any color.
2. Now think of three words that describe that color.
3. Name an animal. Any animal.
4. Now think of three words that describe that animal.
5. Name a body of water.
6. Name three adjectives describing it.
7. Imagine you’re in a room. All the walls are white and there are no windows or doors. In three words, describe how that room feels to you.
Follow the jump once you’re done – then the fun part begins!
The three words that describe the color represent how you see yourself.
The three words that describe the animal represent how you see other people.
The three words that describe the body of water represent your sex life.
Last but not least, the three words that describe the white room represent your death.
Whether these personality tests give you your Harry Potter MBTI character or delve into how you relate to others, they’re as useful as you want them to be and as powerful as you make them. Take the results with a grain of salt, or discuss them with your clique over some salted margaritas – but any way you spin it, take some time and sit with the results. Let them wash over you and sink into your soul; do they represent the person you want to be? Do they represent the person that you are? It’s never too late to take a good look at the person you’ve become and wage that against the person you’d like to be.