Our Favorite Books for Personality Assessments

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Many of us spend our time in jobs, professions or business activity that are not a great fit for our personalities. These activities consume our time and energy, instead of enervating us. It has been empirically proven that people have the greatest chance of succeeding in jobs that fit their personality, so if you are in a profession that does not match your profile, you may find yourself in a constant uphill battle to progress – leading to a cycle of disillusionment and apathy. With Appliqant we hope to help you understand yourself, your interests and your needs better – so you can project yourself to others the way you want to. Go ahead and take a look at this list of our favorite personality assessment books (in no particular order) and keep learning.

Personality Assessment

by Robert P. Archer and Steven R. Smith

Our Review: Very helpful. The chapters are short, sweet, and to the point!

From the Author/Publisher: The first edition of Personality Assessment provided an overview of the most popular self-report and performance-based personality assessment instruments. The chapter authors were key members in creating or developing the research base for the eight test instruments covered in the book. The text was geared with graduate-level clinical, school, and counseling psychology courses in mind.

While still retaining all the attractive features of the first edition, this revision will reflect the advances in the field since 2008. Chapter contributors updated and expanded on reliability and validity data, clinical utility, multicultural considerations, and implications for therapeutic assessment. Another distinctive feature of this second edition is a companion website that features ancillary materials such as PowerPoints and test banks.

Integrative Assessment of Adult Personality

by T. Mark Harwood and Larry E. Beutler

Our Review: My assessment textbooks are dense and difficult to understand. This book breaks down the concepts and gives a thorough review.

From the Author/Publisher: A complete, thorough, and pragmatic guide to clinical assessment, this authoritative book meets a key need for both students and practitioners. T. Mark Harwood, Larry E. Beutler, Gary Groth-Marnat, and their associates describe how to construct a “moving picture” of each patient by integrating data from a variety of sources. Included are detailed, systematic reviews of widely used instruments together with strategies for selecting the best methods for particular referral questions. Readers learn to conduct integrated assessments that take the complexities of the individual personality into account, serve as the basis for developing an effective treatment plan, and facilitate meaningful reporting and client feedback.

New to This Edition

  • Incorporates the latest research findings and assessment/treatment planning tools.
  • Chapters on the Personality Assessment Inventory and the NEO-PI-R and NEO-PI-3.
  • A new extended case example runs throughout the chapters.
  • Critically evaluates the recently published MMPI-2-RF.

Essentials of PAI Assessment

by Leslie C. Morey 

Our Review: I love this series. They’re very helpful for assessments. Required reading for graduate courses and I’m so glad they were because they’re a great companion.

From the Author/Publisher: Quickly acquire the knowledge and skills you need to confidentlyadminister, score, and interpret the PAI

The Personality Assessment Inventory (PAI) provides criticalinformation for psychologists about a client’s psychopathology andconstructs for effective treatment. To use this test properly,professionals need an authoritative source of advice and guidanceon how to administer, score, and interpret the test. Written by thedeveloper and foremost authority on the PAI, Essentials of PAIAssessment is that source.

Like all the volumes in the Essentials of Psychological Assessmentseries, this book is designed to help busy mental healthprofessionals quickly acquire the knowledge and skills they need tomake optimal use of major psychological assessment instruments.Each concise chapter features numerous callout boxes highlightingkey concepts, bulleted points, and extensive illustrative material,as well as test questions that help you gauge and reinforce yourgrasp of the information covered.

Essentials of PAI Assessment is the only concise book of its kindto provide state-of-the-art interpretive and administrativeguidelines to using this popular self-administered personalitytest.

Millennial Takeover: A Clear Roadmap to Identifying Your Purpose, Enhancing your Skills and Building a Satisfying Career and Life

by Kenneth Cheadle

Our Review: This is a book that I wish I would have had while in college or shortly thereafter. The Millennial Takeover addresses and prepares you for the things that even graduation from a top university can often fail at addressing. Finding your motivation, the importance of a mentor, and making yourself stand out are some of the things that are discussed in the book, and these are things that take you YEARS to learn when you are learning by trial and error. This book can add value whether you are just beginning your career or if you are looking to have a more satisfying and rewarding career. The book is easy to read and it is far from boring. I highly recommend this one!

From the Author/Publisher: Say hello to a satisfying career. If you are a millennial fresh out of college, just entering the work force, or you are a seasoned vet wanting to switch careers or climb the ladder in your current career, this book can help you achieve that.  Directed specifically to millennials to help you with your unique strengths and weaknesses, “The Millennial Takeover [serves as your] clear blueprint on how to go from existing to living with a purpose. Cheadle candidly shares his own failures and the lessons learned to help you achieve your dreams. Overall, this is a great tool to help broaden your way of thinking, invest in yourself, and begin live the life you love! ” (Angela Robinson).

Learn how to feel more satisfied in your career by:

  • Identifying your why
  • Creating your vision and mapping it out with clear goals and plans
  • Managing your time more effectively
  • Building your soft skills
  • Increasing your value
  • Acquiring and utilizing mentors
  • Building your brand
  • Investing in yourself
  • Balancing your work and home life

In this guide, you will discover a clear roadmap complete with worksheets, resources, and exercises to help you find your success. This book is “a real world wake up call for all millennials… A hard-hitting guide for those seeking to maximize their career efforts whether you’re in Corporate or an Entrepreneur” (Lawrence McNair, Men’s Empowerment Coach). Ken’s self-help book, peppered with personal anecdotes, puts you in the driver’s seat of your career and helps you find personal fulfillment.

Careering: The Pocket Guide to Exploring Your Future Career

by Tamara S. Raymond

Our Review: I read this book to see if it would be a good book for my niece and nephew as they are at the end of their high school years, facing the challenges of deciding on colleges and careers. It’s not only a quick read, but a nice workbook that I think will help them gather their ideas to focus and find their passions. I also sent it to a friend who is in a challenging spot with her job and thought she may appreciate a concise read and the opportunity to learn more about the Birkman Test described in the book.

From the Author/Publisher: So you’re a high school or college student who thinks you know what you want to do with the rest of your life. Or maybe you don’t have the first clue about your future. In either case, Tamara S. Raymond’s Careering:The Pocket Guide to Exploring Your Future Career should be at the top of your reading list.

Tamara wrote Careering to help young adults avoid the traps she fell into as a result of struggling to figure out her career path after college. Today, this successful leadership development coach shares her hard-learned lessons to help you quickly identify your passions and strengths so you can find your way in the world of work. “I want you to avoid spending eight years in the wrong jobs like I did,” she says.

Her concise and easy-to-read pocket guide helps you:

  • Evaluate your interests, skills, and passions.
  • Identify jobs, internships, and volunteer positions that align with your personal gifts.
  • Identify multiple career exploration avenues, from camps to summer jobs.
  • Put together a resume and references, even if you’ve never had a “real” job.
  • Learn how to network, apply for jobs, and develop interviewing skills.
  • Learn how to pursue entrepreneurial opportunities.
  • Learn how not to use social media if you want to land a job
  • And do so much more.
 Young adulthood is the best time to explore, experience, and eliminate possible career paths. Careering will help you do all three–and get you on the path that is right for you!

Ultimate Psychometric Tests: Over 1000 Verbal, Numerical, Diagrammatic and Personality Tests

by Mike Bryon

Our Review: I found this book very helpful and the range of entry to advanced sections great.

From the Author/Publisher: Containing over 1000 practice test questions, the third edition of Ultimate Psychometric Tests contains new spatial recognition and visual estimation, situational, and quantities and conversion tests.  Beginning with an overview of what psychometric tests are and why employers use them, the book goes on to provide sample questions and answers from all of the major types of tests including verbal reasoning, numerical reasoning, personality questionnaires, non-verbal and diagrammatic reasoning, and IQ tests.

Emotional Intelligence 2.0

by Travis Bradberry

Our Review: I really wish I had read this book in high school and better yet had a course in it. It would have saved me a lot of grief. As a society, we need to teach children how to deal with emotions. I wish I had not taken it out of the library because the code in the back only works for one person. So, I was not able to take the EQ (Emotional Intelligence)test. I may need to buy the book.

I loved it all, but I have picked out my favorite parts of each section:

Self Awareness Strategies:

  1. Ask others for feedback about how you handle your emotions and listen carefully to what they say.
  2. Weekly or bi-weekly take stock of your life and write down situations that you didn’t deal with well and then list which quality that you wanted to honor but didn’t.

For example:
Honesty is the quality and then write down a situation that I didn’t handle well where I wasn’t completely honest. The next time a situation like this comes up, I might deal with it differently because I will remember the list.

From the Author/Publisher: In today’s fast-paced world of competitive workplaces and turbulent economic conditions, each of us is searching for effective tools that can help us to manage, adapt, and strike out ahead of the pack.

By now, emotional intelligence (EQ) needs little introduction—it’s no secret that EQ is critical to your success. But knowing what EQ is and knowing how to use it to improve your life are two very different things.

Emotional Intelligence 2.0 delivers a step-by-step program for increasing your EQ via four, core EQ skills that enable you to achieve your fullest potential:

  1. Self-Awareness
  2. Self-Management
  3. Social Awareness
  4. Relationship Management

Emotional Intelligence 2.0 is a book with a single purpose—increasing your EQ. Here’s what people are saying about it:

Emotional Intelligence 2.0 succinctly explains how to deal with emotions creatively and employ our intelligence in a beneficial way.”
—The Dalai Lama

Psych 101: Psychology Facts, Basics, Statistics, Tests, and More! (Adams 101)

by Paul Kleinman

Our Review: This book satisfied my high level curiosity about psychology. Not wanting to study the subject in detail this book provides a good overview of the major contributors and key themes. It is well structured, initially focusing on a chronology based approach of the key contributors and then discussing the key theories. Worth a read if an overview is what you are after.

From the Author/Publisher: Too often, textbooks turn the noteworthy theories, principles, and experiments of psychology into tedious discourse that even Freud would want to repress. Psych 101 cuts out the boring details and statistics, and instead, gives you a lesson in psychology that keeps you engaged – and your synapses firing.

From personality quizzes and the Rorschach Blot Test to B.F. Skinner and the stages of development, this primer for human behavior is packed with hundreds of entertaining psychology basics and quizzes you can’t get anywhere else.

So whether you’re looking to unravel the intricacies of the mind, or just want to find out what makes your friends tick, Psych 101 has all the answers – even the ones you didn’t know you were looking for.

The Road Back to You: An Enneagram Journey to Self-Discovery

by Ian Morgan Cron

Our Review: I have read a lot of books on the Enneagram and this is the best! It’s the one that most easily explains the Enneagram and how it can be used as a tool for life. It also goes deep. I wish everybody had to learn the Enneagram…we would be a much healthier society. This is a great book if you are involved in teams or ministry. Would you like more compassion for yourself and others? This is the place to start. I cannot recommend this highly enough. It’s an easy read with depth that can be life changing as you work with it. There’s work involved… You can’t just read this, it has to be a living breathing piece of work in your life.

From the Author/Publisher:  Ignorance is bliss―except in self-awareness.

What you don’t know about yourself can hurt you and your relationships―and maybe even how you make your way in the world. It can also keep you in the shallows with God. Do you want help figuring out who you are and why you’re stuck in the same ruts?

The Enneagram is an ancient personality type system with an uncanny accuracy in describing how human beings are wired, both positively and negatively. In The Road Back to You Ian Morgan Cron and Suzanne Stabile forge a unique approach―a practical, comprehensive way of accessing Enneagram wisdom and exploring its connections with Christian spirituality for a deeper knowledge of God and of ourselves.

Funny and filled with stories, this book allows you to understand more about each of the Enneagram types, keeping you turning the pages long after you have read the chapter about yourself. Beginning with changes you can start making today, the wisdom of the Enneagram can help you get on the road that will take you further along into who you really are―leading you into places of spiritual discovery you would never have found on your own, and paving the way to the wiser, more compassionate person you want to become.

The Psychologist’s Book of Personality Tests: Twenty-Four Revealing Tests to Identify and Overcome Your Personal Barriers to a Better Life

by Louis Janda

Our Review: It’s a great self help book to know yourself better. It does not go deep into each test obviously because it includes 24 tests but it could be a great starting point.

From the Author/Publisher: FIND OUT HOW TO GET WHAT YOU WANT OUT OF LIFE . . .

Do you long for happiness? Do you worry too much? Are you content in your romantic relationships? Do you wish you felt better about yourself?

Now you can discover exactly what’s stopping you from living the life you long to lead-and what you can do about it. Based on the latest research, this inspiring guide by renowned author and psychologist Dr. Louis Janda presents twenty-four psychological tests that will help you identify the barriers standing between you and a more fulfilling personal and professional life-and figure out how you can overcome them. Developed by behavioral researchers for professional use, these tests are divided into three sections-personal barriers, interpersonal barriers, and one’s capacity for change-and cover every aspect of personality, from self-esteem, impulsiveness, and self-efficacy, to intimacy, anger,and romantic relationships. Best of all, at the end of each test, Dr. Janda provides expert advice that will help you use your results to make changes for yourself or help you decide whether you should seek professional help. Refreshingly candid and insightful,The Psychologist’s Book of Personality Tests will not only help you achieve greater personal and professional success-it will show you how to get what you want out of life.

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