When a new year rolls around, we’re all inclined to work on various aspects of our lives. We might set goals related to our health and fitness, finances, careers, and even spirituality. But how often do we set goals for improving our relationships?
If you want to put a little extra work into your relationships with those closest to you, a great way to do so is by getting in touch with who you are and who they are too.
Personality tests are a helpful way to do so. Here’s a guide on how to use them.
Take Personality Tests
The first step is to take a few personality tests and learn about your personality type. The most popular ones are the MBTI and Enneagram tests. You can do these tests alone or together with your partner or whomever you would like to join you.
This activity can be highly beneficial for a romantic relationship, a friendship, or even a parent-child relationship. You’ll be actively taking the time to learn more about one another, and you can have the opportunity to hear which parts of the personality assessment they agree with and which they don’t. By doing this, you’ll get to know the person on a deeper level.
If you know and understand personality types in general, it will be easier to understand whether you are romantically compatible with someone. For example, you can easily research ISFJ and ENTJ compatibility and see what different experts have to say about the joining of your two types.
However, just because the online research says your types don’t mix well doesn’t mean your relationship cannot work! This simply means that you’ll need to be aware of your differences in conflict style, how you communicate, etc. Put in the work, and you can be as happy as you desire.
Identify Strengths and Weaknesses
Looking at your strengths and weaknesses is especially useful for your relationships with the people you live with, whether they are a spouse, a parent, or a friend.
When you know your own and each other’s strengths and weaknesses, this can be used in many different ways in your home life, such as how you divide tasks and plan your schedules.
Talk About Likes and Dislikes
Personality type assessments can also point you towards jobs, careers, and even hobbies you might be interested in. Read through these with the people in your life and talk about them together, noting which you are drawn to and which you aren’t.
Once you’ve talked about this, you can use it as a starting point to help you discover new hobbies to try together and other ways you can enjoy time together.
Understand One Another More Thoroughly
Overall, knowing each other’s personality types allows people in all different sorts of relationships to better understand each other.
Some other fun tactics to understand each other on a deeper level include incorporating romantic questions into your time together, scheduling one-on-one date nights, and traveling together whenever possible.
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