The link below is to a Psychologists Positive Traits test. It is easy to complete and takes about 20 minutes. You may find the results interesting? It is a test showing your character strengths. A real Psychology test not 'pop psychology.'
In working with my clients I will on occasion use tests such as this. It gives us a good place to start and an interesting insight.
Why is this important or interesting? Well, when presenting yourself to a Psychologist for whatever reason, the Psychologist then has choices in how to view you personally, how to view your issue as you report it to be and how to help you. A Psychologists view can and will vary according to their professional approach. Psychologists and Psychotherapists approaches can vary a lot!
With Positive Psychology and Person Centred or Humanistic approaches to personal growth the focus is on 'Wellness' and how you can find your balance. The balance that is right for you.
So, in a therapy session, rather than focusing on the issues as you find them to be, the focus is more on what can be done and where you can find your strengths. Rather than the therapist telling you how to be, or WHAT to be, the discovery in the sessions is more about how to be the YOU that suits you. It is a more empowering, optimistic and positive focus. More personal. This is my favoured professional approach and you can see why I like it.
Some Psychological approaches can be very problem focused and in therapy you can spend your hour talking about your problem as you see it. The style I use with my clients is optimistic, empowering and goal oriented and very personal to them. It differs from a problem focused approach.
This traits test is a real Psychologists test. It is good for all of us to be aware of our character strengths. For our self esteem this is a good thing and our sense of self to know how and why we are unique. This test is a good place to start with that discovery. The link to take the test is below at the end of the page.
I took the test! My top strength is 'Curiosity' which means that I love new information and have an inquiring mind seeking to understand. I value wisdom and knowledge and will question what is believed to be true. A good trait for a Psychotherapist I think you will agree!
My second top trait was 'Hope' which is optimism. I do indeed have a very strong optimistic way of thinking and believing so seeing it as my second result was a nice but not unexpected surprise. What results did you get as your top traits?
Test and Follow up links:
Take the Positive Traits Test - Click Here. It will take you about 20 minutes or so.
Here is a 'Ted Talk' (a lecture)on this topic and how these results are used within Psychology. Take the test first and then watch this talk, its about 18 minutes long.
University of Pennsylvania - This link takes you to the University of Pennsylvania Positive Psychology department where this test was formulated.