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everything you need to know about personality tests: DISC, MBTI, 16 personalities, Inner Genius GQ, Insight Discovery – insider secrets

By: Catherine Mattiske

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Behavioral and personality assessments allow us to learn more about ourselves, including details of our personalities, such as how we learn and communicate, and what types of behavioral preferences we have. But did you know multiple assessments are available, some of which offer better insights than others? Check out this list of different short assessments you can take to learn more about who you are, what you like, and what you need to succeed in life.

In this article, we do a side-by-side comparison of:

  1. The DiSC® Assessment
  2. Extended DiSC
  3. Insight Discovery
  4. Myers Briggs Type Indicator®
  5. 16 Personalities
  6. Enneagram Personality Test
  7. The Big 5 Personality Traits
  8. Inner Genius (GQ) – The Genius Quotient

The DISC® Assessment


The DiSC Assessment was used as a personality test in the 1940s by Walter Clarke and based on the work of Dr. William Moulton Marston and Carl Yung, the DiSC assessment refers to at least one of the four critical factors of an individual, including dominance, inducement, steadiness, and compliance. The self-assessment enables people to learn more about their personalities, including their strengths and weaknesses, which can help them become better at communicating and taking on leadership roles.

While the assessment is $64.50 and an accreditation program is available, this assessment doesn’t provide its users with ways to implement their results into their everyday lives. With no follow-up courses or digital modules available, those who take this assessment may not know what to do with this new information learned about themselves.

Extended DISC

Ext Disc

The Extended DiSC, founded in 1994 by Jukka Sappinen, offers the same outcome as the traditional DiSC assessment. In addition, it provides details on behavioral preferences, and the specific tasks individuals would need to complete to reach favorable outcomes in the long run. However, while it offers an outline of behavioral changes one would need to make to reach goals, it still lacks the substance to help these individuals implement such changes into their daily routines.

Available for $75, those who take this test will only receive their outline via consult. It offers tools for participants to use to their advantage, but it is essentially a rehash of the traditional DiSC assessment. The only difference is that it provides a second profile consisting of different questions to assess an individual’s future outcomes based on what they’d like to achieve in their lives.

Insight Discovery


Likely introduced in 2001 and based on research from Swiss psychologist Carl Jung and a student, Dr. Jolande Jacobi, Insight Discovery pulls from the DiSC theory but uses four colors to represent different behavioral patterns. It provides the same outcome as the DiSC assessment but offers four colors to provide more significant insights into the different personality traits a person displays to those around them.

The testing is available by quotation only, so there is no set price listed for Insight Discovery. While this program does offer digital modules and follow-up courses for gathering more information, it doesn’t provide details on the implementation of results, thus making it harder for participants to understand how to make changes to their daily habits to achieve good results.

Myers Briggs Type Indicator®


MBTI, first introduced in 1943 by Isabel Brigg Myers and based on Carl Jung’s innovative ideas on perception and judgment, is a 30-minute long assessment referring to an individual’s personality traits that aren’t openly on display for the rest of the world to see. There are 93 questions on the test with answers because every person has a personality type within four axes, such as extroversion vs. introversion, sensing vs. intuition, thinking vs. feeling, and judging vs. perceiving.

The pricing for this assessment starts at roughly $49.95, with no how-to guide or tools available for implementing these results. In addition, your hidden personality traits may be altered based on your mood and circumstances, meaning they’re not as reliable because different circumstances can change. Additional learning modules and follow-up courses are available for those who take this test and want to learn more about their personality.

16 Personalities


The exact start of the 16 Personalities test is unknown. However, it uses a trait-based personality test to discover more about a person’s personality based on their mind, energy, nature, tactics, and identity. It offers the same outcomes as the MBTI and is a 30-minute test with no additional information or outlines to implement the results. The NERIS Type Explorer version is free of charge and consists of 60 questions. It uses new terminology for the four preferences and adds a fifth letter to the type code, signifying an individual’s response to stress. Those who take this test will have access to one year of online content. While some question the accuracy of this profile, the company states it’s 90% accurate.

Enneagram Personality Test


A personality test first created in the 1950s, the Enneagram of Personality refers to the human psyche and the unique patterns in which different humans may interpret the world around them and experience various emotions. The 30-minute exam offers more insight into an individual’s personality traits that they don’t exhibit for the rest of the world, but these results may differ under various circumstances. While a test costs around $17 for businesses, the assessment is lengthy, with 144 questions for applicants to answer. Unfortunately, while this test is for everyone, no additional courses or learning modules are available. It’s also one of the more widely criticized personality tests of the bunch.

The Big 5 Personality Traits

Big 5

Developed in 1961 but failing to gain traction until the late 1980s, the Big 5 Personality Traits model offers insight into an individual’s hidden personality traits. It consists of 120 questions. Different companies will charge different prices for this test, costing GBP 14.99 to receive the results. It’s available solely for the personal market, with further personality tests available. While it’s one of the most widely accepted personality systems, hidden personality traits can change under different circumstances, so it’s not the most reliable personality assessment.

Inner Genius – The Genius Quotient


The Inner Genius (GQ) Profile is different from the traditional personality test or IQ test.  The Genius Quotient, by Catherine Mattiske in her book, Unlock Inner Genius, takes a much more modern approach to provide individuals with detailed personalized results. Its purpose is to define learning and communication preferences between different people to help them become better communicators.

Inner Genius Profile was created using the lens of Constructivist Theory and applied the psychological multidisciplinary Activity Theory as guiding principles. ID9 Intelligent Design and the 9Step Question Forming Theory were used to design the Profile question, drawing from the work of 42 learning Theorists, most notably Bloom, Dewey, Bruner, Gagne, Gardner, Ebbinghaus, Marton, and Saljo.

Genius Quotient is a totally different type of personality test (like DiSC or MBTI) so the accuracy is much higher. As with all Profiles, they must be completed with honesty, accuracy, and how you are now, not how you would like to be in the future.

Upon completing the profile, individuals will gain more significant insights into their learning preferences and have an assigned Archetype with a learning Power-Up that they can use to their advantage in their daily lives.  In short the profile encourages and develops a growth mindset. It takes roughly 10 minutes to complete the profile, and those who’ve completed the questionnaire will receive actionable tips on how to implement the results into their daily lives to achieve goals and succeed.

The cost of accessing the test is $99, and the results are free. In addition, a convenient accreditation program is available with follow-up courses that benefit people from all walks of life who want to become better communicators. Because it’s a relatively new product, it’s far more modern than some outdated, more traditional assessments available to the public, making it an excellent choice.


We hope you enjoyed our article on personality assessments. A lot of time and effort goes into these assessments, but the results can be beneficial for anyone’s life.

All personality assessments reported here have a similar format – a questionnaire, followed by a report.  Some have additional information available, and others are widely used by consultants and coaches. All personality assessments, DISC, MBTI, and Insight Discovery give you insight into who you are, what you like to do, how you operate, and other interesting facts.  However, none of them provide tools, templates, and the ‘how to’ that people need to flex their style to others.

Now there is a more modern approach for people who are success seekers.  For those looking to learn more about themselves or their business teams – how they learn and communicate PLUS want a practical “how-to” toolkit of tools, and templates to implement what they’ve learned to achieve better results, the Inner Genius GQ (Genius Quotient) is the best option.

Catherine Mattiske Inner Genius GQ

Catherine Mattiske, best known for creating ID9 Intelligent Design and the Genius Quotient (GQ), is a leading light in the corporate learning and team-building industries. She regularly works with large and small organizations to help team members better understand one another while effectively collaborating and boosting individual and team morale and productivity in the workplace.

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