Simple Personality Test Recommendation

By , September 18, 2017

In my previous blog post, I wrote about how people need to know more about themselves to more mindfully navigate the courses of their lives.  Work and careers make up a huge portion of our daily lives, and so, it is important to find working lives that align well with the rest of the greater whole that makes a person whom he or she is.

Over the last year, I have become familiar with a number of different personality profiling theories. One I recently learned about is based on the work of Dr. John Holland, an American psychologist.  He developed the Holland Occupational Themes, and his framework postulates that all personalities are made up of a combination of six base categories.  An individual’s top three categories help to paint a picture of what occupations and work environments could best be suited to that person’s personality.

Please try a Holland personality test HERE.  Based on pictures, it’s quick to complete, free of charge, and it’s just plain interesting to see one’s results.  Unlike some web tests, you need not provide an email address.  You’ll be presented with four tiles depicting images of occupations or activities.  Your task is to pick your favourite of the four and indicate this with a check mark and to pick your least favourite, indicating with a red X.  I like how it’s so simple; this can easily be done with even elementary students, and in the event that a child is unsure about what is associated with a particular occupation tile, they can always explore the internet or ask an adult for further clarity before picking a response.

At the end of the personality test, a breakdown of the test taker’s personality type is revealed, along with occupation recommendations that suit his or her custom type.

If you’re a teacher, I recommend you try this with your students.  If you’re a parent, I recommend you try this with your family.  If you’re a human, I recommend you try this for your own self-understanding 🙂

FYI, Holland’s personality categories include:

R- Realistic: “Doers”- practical, hands-on, mechanical, etc.

I- Investigative: “Thinkers”- explorative, inquisitive, introspective, etc.

A- Artistic: “Creators”- sensitive, intuitive, expressive, etc.

S- Social: “Helpers”- working in service to others, kind, interpersonal, etc.

E- Enterprising: “Persuaders”- business-oriented tasks, managing, ambitious, etc.

C- Conventional: “Organizers”- working with data, logical, conscientious, etc.

To learn more, please click the link here.  What is your own personalized “Holland Code”?

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