Taking personality assessments can help you to understand your strengths, weaknesses, values, interests and skills. This can help you to become more self-aware and understand how you interact with others. The tests listed below are free, unless otherwise stated. You can also look at this video for a brief introduction to self-assessment tools:
Skills and career interests tests
Values and strengths tests
Seek feedback from others
Asking for feedback from others can be a powerful tool for building self-awareness. Be open to constructive criticism and use it to identify areas for improvement.
Try new experiences
Stepping out of your comfort zone and trying new experiences can help you gain a better understanding of your strengths, weaknesses, and preferences. It can also provide opportunities for personal growth and development.
An alternative to or complementary with quantitative self-assessment, is self-reflection. Set aside time each day to reflect on your thoughts, emotions, and actions. Consider how they align with your values and goals. Identify areas where you can make improvements. Here are some reflective writing prompts you can use:
(With special thanks to Natalie Lundsteen for sharing some of these resources).
Develop a journaling practice
Writing down your thoughts and emotions in a journal can help you become more aware of your patterns of thinking and feeling. It can also help you track your progress in building self-awareness.
See our resources on:
Journaling to increase self-awareness.
Mindfulness is the practice of being present and fully engaged in the current moment. Mindfulness can help you become more aware of your thoughts, feelings, and bodily sensations, allowing you to gain a better understanding of yourself.