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Personality Assessment

Strengths Profile

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Strength Profile

This test is not free.  

Strengths Profile is an assessment tool designed to help individuals identify their unique strengths and areas for development. It is based on positive psychology research, by Dr Alex Linley, psychologist and former lecturer, and is designed to focus on what people do well rather than their weaknesses. 

The Strengths Profile assessment measures 60 different strengths across three areas: realized strengths (strengths you use often and are confident in), unrealized strengths (strengths you use less often but have potential to develop) and learned behaviors (skills you have developed but may not enjoy or find energizing). 

The assessment is completed online and typically takes around 20 minutes to complete. The results provide individuals with a detailed report of their strengths and how they can use them to achieve their goals and improve their well-being. The report also provides suggestions for areas of development and strategies for using strengths in different situations. 

Should I Pay For It? 

The introductory profile gives you a personalised downloadable report of your results. This details the following: 

  • Up to 7 realised strengths (strengths you use and enjoy). 
  • Up to 7 unrealised strengths (strengths you don’t use as often). 
  • Up to 4 learned behaviours (things you’ve learned to do but may not enjoy). 
  • Up to 3 weaknesses (things you find hard and don’t enjoy). 

The Strengths profile includes ‘Your Strengths Careers Guide’ which indicates the 6 sectors which most use your realised strengths and 2 sectors which most use your unrealised strengths. 

The Strengths Profile website has a detailed Career Guide, which is supported by recent research.  When you pay for the strengths profile you also have access to further exercises and resources. 

Pros and cons of Strengths Profile

Pros of Strengths Profile

Helps individuals identify their unique strengths and how to use them effectively to achieve their goals and improve their well-being. 

Focuses on positive aspects of personality and behaviour, which can be a refreshing change from traditional assessments that may focus on weaknesses and areas for improvement. 

Provides a comprehensive report with detailed insights and practical strategies for personal and professional development. 

Can be used in a variety of settings, including coaching, team building, and leadership development. 

The assessment is easy to complete and provides results quickly, which can help individuals to take action more quickly and effectively. 

Cons of Strength Profile

The cost of the assessment may be a barrier for some individuals or organisations. 

The assessment focuses exclusively on strengths and may not provide a complete picture of an individual's personality or behaviour. 

The assessment results may not be as useful for individuals who are struggling with significant challenges or issues that are not related to strengths. 

The assessment relies on self-reporting, which can be influenced by an individual's perception of their own strengths and weaknesses. 

The results of the assessment may not be as useful for individuals who do not believe in the concept of strengths-based development. 

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Capp & Co. Ltd. (2018) Strengths Profile: Technical Manual and Statistical Properties. Available at: (Accessed: 8 May 2020). 

Langley, S. (2016) Which Strengths Tool Should I Use? The Case for Strengths Profile. Available at: (Accessed 8 May 2020). 

Vitae (no date) Alex Linley: Researcher Career Stories. Available at: (Accessed 8 May 2020). 

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