How to Become Highly Self-Aware: 5 Tests That Will Change Your Life

When you understand who you are, the world understands who you are.

Being self-aware is critical if you want to make the best choices that take you where you want to go.

If you don’t know what your fundamental strengths and weaknesses are, then you can’t expect to move towards a brilliant future.

1. MTBI Test — Developed by Katherine Cook Briggs and Isabel Briggs Myers

According to the MTBI Test, there are 16 Personality types. Each one can be grouped into four overarching categories.

  1. Analysts (Embrace rationality and being impartial)
  2. Diplomats (Focus on empathy and cooperation)
  3. Sentinels (Create order and stability)
  4. Explorers (Utilitarian and spontaneous)

At the end of the test, you’re presented with information on:

  1. Your Strengths and Weaknesses
  2. How you deal with emotions
  3. Romantic Relationships
  4. Friendships
  5. Parenthood
  6. Career Paths
  7. Workplace Habits

Out of all the tests in this article, it’s the most comprehensive one — which is why it’s first on the list.

Take the test and find out which personality type you are.

2. Hexaco — Developed by Kibeom Lee and Michael C.Ashton

The Hexaco tests you on 25 different human qualities on a scale between 1–5.

The qualities are grouped in six categories, and each one includes four unique qualities.

  1. Honesty and Humility (Sincerity, fairness, greed-avoidance, and modesty)
  2. Emotionality (Fearfulness, anxiety, dependence, and sentimentality)
  3. Extraversion (Self-esteem, boldness, sociability, and liveliness)
  4. Agreeableness (Forgiveness, gentleness, flexibility, and patience)
  5. Conscientiousness (Organization, diligence, perfectionism, and prudence)
  6. Openness to Experience (Aesthetic appreciation, inquisitiveness, creativity, unconventionality, and altruism)

Out of all the tests, this one is backed by the most science. It’s also the most detail-oriented personality test you’ll find. Being judged on all these qualities will allow you to easily pinpoint your best and worst traits.

3. The Big 5

By taking the Big 5, you’ll be assessed on the five following characteristics on a scale that’s between 0–100%:

  1. Openness to experience
  2. Conscientiousness
  3. Extraversion
  4. Agreeableness
  5. Neuroticism

As you can see, it checks you on similar features to the Hexaco test — but on a less specific level.

4. The Dark Triad — Developed by McHoskey, Worzel, and Szyarto

The Dark Triad tests you on three different “dark traits” on a scale between 1 and 4.

The three traits are:

  1. Narcissism
  2. Machiavellianism
  3. Psychopathy

According to statistics, 1 out of 99 people are full on psychopaths.

Narcissism’s features include pride, egotism, and lack of empathy. Machiavellianism centers on manipulation, deception, and exploitation of others. Psychopathy involves selfishness, remorselessness, and callousness.

Getting people you know to take this test might prove to be especially eye-opening.

5. StrengthsFinder 2.0 — Developed by Tom Rath

StrengthsFinder 2.0 help you identify your five unique strengths in incredible detail. Originally designed by Marcus Buckingham and Donald O.Clifton in 2001, it’s gone through several revisions to become the critical test for people who want to understand what career will suit them best.

This is the only paid test in the list, but it’s worth every penny.

There are 34 Themes grouped under four domains.

  • Achiever — You have a constant drive to accomplish tasks
  • Arranger — You enjoy orchestrating many ideas together
  • Belief — You strive to find ultimate meaning in everything you do
  • Consistency — You believe in treating everyone the same
  • Deliberative — You proceed when you know all the details
  • Discipline — You seek to make sense of the world by imposing order
  • Focus — You require a clear sense of direction
  • Responsibility — You always feel like you must follow through
  • Restorative — You thrive when you’re solving difficult problems
  • Activator — You act to start things in Motion
  • Command — You step up to positions of leadership without fear
  • Communication — You use words to inspire action and education
  • Competition — You thrive under competition
  • Maximizer — You seek to take everything you can from great to excellent
  • Self-Assurance — You stay true to your beliefs and judgments
  • Significance — You seek to be seen as significant by others
  • Woo — Short for “winning others over,” you’re a genius at persuasion
  • Adaptability — You’re flexible with accommodating changes into a plan
  • Connectedness — You unite others through commonality
  • Developer — You see the untapped potential in other people
  • Empathy — You’re especially in tune with the emotions of others
  • Harmony — You avoid conflict and achieve success through consensus
  • Includer — You instinctively work to include everyone
  • Individualization — You draw upon the uniqueness of individuals to create successful teams
  • Positivity — You have a knack for bringing the light-side to any situation
  • Relator — You’re comfortable with fewer, deeper relationships
  • Analytical — You need data to make sense out of circumstances
  • Context — You’re phenomenal at using the past to make better decisions in the present
  • Futuristic — You have an eye towards the future to drive today’s success
  • Ideation — You can see underlying concepts that unite disparate ideas
  • Input — You regularly collect information for future use
  • Intellection — You enjoy thought-provoking conversation just for the sake of it, and can also compress complex concepts into simplified models
  • Learner — You must constantly be be challenged and learning new things to feel successful
  • Strategic — You can see a clear direction through the complexity of a situation

Out of all these possible themes, only five of them are your real strengths. That’s humbling to know.


By taking the time do these free online tests, you can live with more self-awareness, starting from today. You can double down on your strengths and get where you need to go more easily.

“The unexamined life is not worth living.” — Socrates

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