I did a personality test, and I learned three things.
First, personality tests are an entertaining way to get some brain time. My 12-year-old daughter discovered this one from 16personlities.com one day when she was bored at school. She was pretty excited to see something 'explain' her personality. I was psyched to hear that she knew how to use her phone for something other than snap chat!
Second, the 16personalities.com test is one of many I have done in my lifetime. I do not live by personality typologies (and neither should you). Personalities change over time. Struggles, new joys, aging, new mindsets and values influence our characters on an ongoing basis. Still, I like how this test describes me today. I am an Advocate, which fits well with this stage in my life cycle.
Third, a personality test is an excellent tool for starting a conversation. If you want to learn more from or about your non-verbal teenager (or tween), sitting with them and doing the test from your own devices and then casually comparing results is a great place to start. The same goes for your spouse, co-worker, and even your neighbour. Can you picture starting your next Monday morning staff meeting with a chat about how your personalities shape your work habits?