Personality tests describe your behavioral traits (in general) and rarely will they tell you something you didn’t already know.
Beyond personality, behind personality and before personality, are the motivating mechanisms that create your personality. The theory of MindTime—scientifically researched, peer reviewed and published—promises to change the way we think about ourselves from the cult like personality craze of the last 25 years into a new and deeper level of understanding and usefulness to everyday people. Full disclosure. I am one of the team who has been working on this for the past 23 years.
Are personality tests useful? Yes, they can be, especially if you are in some doubt about how you come across to others (many people do wonder how they are perceived by their boss, colleagues or friends). However, today many people want to know how to harness their potential, improve and amplify their skills and abilities, and become more effective as people, not just have their personality traits pointed out to them.
You cannot understand how your mind functions with a personality test which measure a narrow summary of your behavioural traits: extroverted, agreeable, conscientious, etc – such as the Big 5 or 5 Factor model, MBTI, DISC, etc., (see the illustration of the top personality traits mapped scientifically within the MindTime framework, go to the interactive map here).