The first personality tests appeared in the 1920s and were intended to aid in personnel selection, particularly in the military. Since then, a number of personality tests have been developed and optimized for different purposes. Some of these—such as the MBTI and the Keirsey Temperament Sorter—really can help people understand themselves better, but others are made more for fun.
One of the first ones I heard was the field, cube, ladder, and horse test. You ask those with you to sit quietly and then imagine each of these things as you ask the questions. Don’t tell them how many questions there are. Encourage some time as you ask the question so they can get a very good visual picture in their mind before moving on to the next question.
- Think of an open field. How big is this field? What is it filled with? What are the surroundings like?
- Think of a cube. How big is the cube? What is it made of, and what is the surface like? What color is it? Where in the field is it? Where is the cube (e.g. on the ground, floating, etc.)? Is it transparent? If so, can you see inside?
- Think of a ladder. How long is this ladder, and where is this located in your field? What’s the distance between the ladder and the cube?
- Think of a horse. What color is the horse? What is the horse doing, and where is it in relation to your cube?
How to interpret the questions:
- The field represents your mind. Its size is the representation of your knowledge of the world, and how vast your personality is. The condition of the field (dry, grassy, or well-trimmed) is what your personality looks like at first glance
- The cube represents you. The size of the cube is your ego. The surface of the cube represents what is visibly observable about your personality, or maybe it is what you want others to think about you. The texture of the cube (e.g. smooth, rough, bumpy, etc.) represents your nature.
- The ladder represents two different aspects of your life—your goals and your friendships (though I heard it originally only as your friends). The size location and material of your ladder can also tell you how close you are with your friends. You guessed it—the closer the ladder is to the cube and the stronger the ladder is, the better it is for your friendships
- The horse represents your ideal partner/sexuality. It could be playing, running around, or grazing right next to your cube or clear across the field.
See the links below for additional guides on how to interpret the results as well as some other tests you might try.