What's Your Personality Like?An important part of improving one’s life, searching for happiness, and even helping us with mental health issues or our relationships in life is self-discovery. The more you know about yourself — your preferences, your way of thinking, your way of looking at the world — the more you can actually go ahead and make changes in your life. If you’re a big question mark to yourself, it’s lot more difficult to start to improve those areas of your life that you’d like to improve upon.

For years now, Psych Central and other websites have offered online personality quizzes and tests that help give you some insight into your personality. And while these work well for what they can say about you, they don’t always give you as much information as you might like. They also don’t always present the information in a manner that makes it immediately clear what your strengths and weaknesses are, or what are really the most important aspects of your personality. After all, it’s fine to say you’re “introverted.” But while some introverts define their life by this characteristic, others lead a more balanced life where introversion is just a small component of their personality.

So today I’m pleased to introduce Personality Patterns, an application we’re bringing to you in conjunction with our partners over at Signal Patterns. Signal Patterns is a company that develops psychology-based web applications that help individuals improve their lives, with a great team of individuals that includes over 20 PhDs. That’s a lot of brain power!

Personality Patterns allows you to discover the top 10 traits out of 45 different personality traits that describe what you’re all about. But instead of just telling you about these traits, the test shows you these traits in an interactive, colorful graph that is far more informative than a boring narrative. It takes about 10 minutes to take.

You can also — if you choose — share your results with others online, and see how your friends compare with you on many of these personality traits. You can also embed a Personality Patterns Badge on your Facebook page or blog.

The test — like every service we provide at Psych Central — is completely free. Try it out for yourself today! And let us know what you think about it in the comments below. Thanks! :)