I’ve recently been asked to review a new app called PersonalityMatch, a free app that lets you take a short personality test based on the Myers-Briggs model, discover your personality type and then see how it compares to those of friends and partners. I figured it could potentially be a useful relationship tool for some, or at the very least a fun activity to share with others.
It’s not hard to see the appeal of such an app – could it be like a cheat sheet for learning about someone else’s personality and how compatible you are?
To be perfectly honest, I have a love-hate relationship with these tests. Obviously, I love reading about myself (who doesn’t?) but I often find the choices in these tests quite limiting, as you usually have to choose between two options, whereas my honest answer is more likely to be “depends” or change depending on my mood. I’ve done quite a few Meyers-Briggs style tests before and have come out as both an Extrovert and an Introvert on different occasions, although the rest has mostly been pretty consistent across the lot. They’re not perfect, but can be quite interesting and useful.
Compatibility matching, on the other hand, is something you usually see on dating sites where the test is generally a serious and often daunting task (hello, eHarmony!) or a neverending one (hi, OKCupid!). I’m sure there are other apps and sites that let you match your personality with your friends, but this is the first one I’ve personally tried that wasn’t part of an actual dating site.
How it works
First, you sign up with either your Facebook account or your email address. Pretty straightforward stuff.
The test itself only takes a few short minutes to complete, unless you’re the sort of person who’s going to deliberate for ages on each answer, which you’re not meant to do for these anyway. It’s definitely shorter than most compatibility based dating sites I’ve seen (apart from the crap ones).
The app gives you two tiers of information – basic (free) and paid. Surprisingly, the basic information seemed fairly insightful and reasonably accurate, especially considering the short time I’d spent actually doing the test. You get the information in the app itself and I also got an email with the results, so I could read them on a bigger screen. Handy.
There is an option to purchase more detailed information (22 page PDF), priced at $19.99 if you want to know even more about yourself.
Once I’d done that, it was time for the more exciting experiment. I wanted to use the app for what it’s actually meant for – seeing how my personality matches app with those of people I know. I found some willing victims and invited them to the app by email (you can use a whole load of other methods to invite people). They each followed the link provided in the stock email generated by the app and were automatically added as my “friends” when they joined. The app then notified me when they had finished filling out their personality tests and we were ready for a match!
This is the most fun part of the app, because your match report compares you to your friend using both a visual representation and a written report. You can click for more information about what the different parts mean or scroll down to read the text. The basic match report does a decent enough job of comparing the two personalities in terms of “energy”, “information”, “decisions” and “lifestyle” but for less than £1 you can get a more detailed report with the “strengths and weaknesses” of your match, tips on getting along and also information about their personality type. You can also pay a little more and unlock unlimited match reports, which could be handy if you want to invite lots of friends to see how you match up.
All in all, I liked this app. I’ve seen some very lengthy, detailed tests on some personality matching dating sites that delivered results that weren’t that much better than this (and sometimes, to be honest, not as good).
The fact that this app is not attached to a dating property actually works in its favour, because it can give you more honest results. Dating sites have a vested interest in sending you potential matches and getting you going on dates. A personality matching app doesn’t.
PersonalityMatch has also got the winning combination of being fun, quick and easy to use, as well as insightful enough to make the information interesting. It really did make me want to share it with more people so that I can get a sneaky glimpse into their personality, and my own.
Even keeping in mind the limitations of these sort of personality tests, there is enough stuff here to give you insights into a relationship or a friendship or act as an ice breaker with a new partner. While I wouldn’t advise anyone to base relationship decisions solely on an app, I would definitely recommend this app to anyone interested in learning a bit more about themselves and other people in their lives.
Where to get it
The app is free and you can get it from: