October 22, 2017

How Personality Tests Help Us Understand People Better

I believe personality tests have value for us, both as Christians seeking spiritual maturity and as adults seeking stronger and more unified relationships. The key is to remember that our personality results do not define us; only God's Word can do that. These tests simply get us out of our normal way of looking at things, and share another perspective that we might never consider otherwise. But we shouldn't stop at simply knowing our type! Once we have a basic understanding of what those results mean, we ought to spend time reading about the other types -- not simply to satisfy curiosity, but to learn how to relate better to other types of personalities. We need to go beyond learning the [...Read More]

Do Personality Tests Add Value?

Personality tests are all the rage right now. From the "just for fun" quizzes on Facebook (what color are you? which state should you live in? who's your historical twin?) to the more serious assessments used in the workplace (MBTI, StrengthsFinder) and counselor's office (Love Languages, Birth Order, Enneagram), we are a culture consumed with learning more about ourselves. Is that a bad thing? No. It can be useful, and even necessary, for growth. Do we take it too far? Probably. I tend to roll my eyes at the silly little Facebook quizzes. According to those, my tastes indicate I have a Master's degree, my dog personality is a mastiff, and I'd wear a yellow shirt on the Enterprise [...Read More]

Myers-Briggs Does Not Define You

Confession: I love a good personality test. Not those quizzes that go viral on Facebook, but actual "professional" personality tests like Myers-Briggs, Enneagram, or Big Five. I find it strangely satisfying to find the boxes I fit into -- to see myself categorized as an introvert, for instance -- and discover I'm not alone in how I see the world. Personality tests can help us understand others better. They point out effective ways to encourage them, and highlight what energizes and what frustrates them. They show us there are as many types of strengths (or weaknesses) as there are types of introverts and extroverts. They also help us understand ourselves better. They spotlight [...Read More]