About the Know Yourself Test

The Know Yourself Test is an introspection tool to help you achieve greater self-realisation. 

Introspection helps you get in touch with that quiet place inside you from where originates the great things you can do. 

The test is best used along with the educational material provided on www.knowyourselftest.com

Psychologists usually focus on knowing a person’s mind when their life is not going well. In contrast, the Know Yourself Test is targeted at those who are doing well and those who are striving to reach their full potential. 

Psychologists use techniques like hypnosis or psychotherapy to help you better know yourself. The Know Yourself Test uses a less intrusive method to help you better know yourself. It gives encouraging and constructive feedback along with numerical feedback to quantify your progress towards realising your psychological potential. 

Feedback from the Know Yourself Test provides you with three main metrics to assess your self-realisation: 

  • a Potentiality-Coefficient to give you an overall assessment of your present self-realisation. 
  • a Thought-Coefficient to assess how well you are using and facilitating access to your own thought. 
  • a Reasoning-Coefficient to assess how well you are using and facilitating access to your rational thinking.

Along with two additional metrics: 

  • a FAKT-Coefficient to assess how factually you see the world (rather than being susceptible biases and heuristics), and, 
  • a Caution-Coefficient to assess the extent to which you might take an overly prudent psychological approach to risk. 

The Know Yourself Test uses a more discreet approach compared to some other methods used to help you know yourself better. The test is carried out in an automated manner, or with some limited engagement for more personalised feedback. The emphasis of the Know Yourself Test is on psychological safety.

There are three different options when taking the Know Yourself Test

  • An automated feedback report including all 5 metrics along with encouraging and constructive feedback. 
  • A more comprehensive and personalised feedback report. This requires providing additional information, including some background information, why you are taking the test and what you are looking to achieve from taking the test. 
  • A one-on-one feedback session plus a personalised feedback report. 

Because psychological safety is a key prerequisite to healthy introspection, the feedback from the Know Yourself Test is private and confidential. Please only discuss the contents of the feedback report with others whom you trust. Take your time before discussing with others as your thoughts take time to emerge and usually stop growing when you express them. 

Frequently asked questions 

What is the best way to take the Know Yourself Test?

It is best to take the Know Yourself Test in a location where you feel good (not when you are tired) and where you feel safe. Try to be as confident (or as modest) as you usually are. Try to answer the questions as you think you would behave, rather than how you think you ought to behave. Aim to answer all the questions. If you are not sure which answer to choose, please make your best guess. When taking this test, honesty is the best policy. If you try to game the test, it will distort the output and the feedback.

How long does the Know Yourself Test take?

The FREE Know Yourself Test contains three questions and takes about five minutes. The full Know Yourself Test contains 49 questions. Section A and B of the test both contain 20 questions and section C contains 9 questions. The test takes about 30-40 minutes to complete. 

49 questions are need to make a comprehensive assessment regarding how well you know yourself, just as you can’t assess how good anybody is at math or spelling by asking only a few questions. 

How does the Know Yourself Test work? 

The answers to each question in the Know Yourself Test represent perspectives that indicate how well you know yourself and how well you are tapping into your full psychological potential. The questions are based on healthy perspectives that are not widely held, and where other contradictory viewpoints, often representing various kinds of excuses are often more commonly held. Each answer in each question is designed to be socially admirable or at least socially acceptable to enable you to safely express your perspectives. This also makes it difficult for a person to game the test. 

The comprehensive set of questions enables a holistic assessment, and they are designed to provide the basis for encouraging and constructive feedback. 

You can take the Know Yourself Test on your PC, your laptop, tablet or on your phone. 

What is the Know Yourself Test used for? 

The primary use of the Know Yourself Test is to help bring out your best self. It is a tool for personal and professional development. 

The test is also used for character assessment as part of job interviews. How well we know ourselves has a direct impact on our character. Hiring somebody with a good character can make a significant positive difference to a business. Hiring the wrong character can be particularly damaging to a business. 

The test can be used to assess and develop your capacity to take and manage risk better. 

How much does it cost? 

– Taking the Know Yourself Test with automated qualitative and quantitative feedback €179. 
– Taking the Know Yourself Test with automated and more personalised qualitative and quantitative feedback €369. 
– Taking the Know Yourself Test with automated and one-on-one feedback €699. 

10% discount available using the code “citizen” until December 2023

Tips to get the most from taking the Know Yourself Test

– Answer honestly so the Know Yourself Test can give you the most relevant feedback. 
– Take the Know Yourself Test when you are feeling yourself. 
– Don’t take the test if you are feeling tired or overly stressed. 
– Give your best answer to each question. 
– Take the FREE Know Yourself Test before taking the Know Yourself Test 

What if you encounter an issue when taking the Know Yourself Test?

Please contact [email protected] if any issues arise when you are taking the Know Yourself Test, e.g. a break in service.

Privacy policy

All personal data is permanently deleted every month.

Taking the Know Yourself Test

The FREE Know Yourself Test is designed to give you a feel for the Know Yourself Test and to provide some brief feedback to help you know yourself better. 

The Know Yourself Test is a more comprehensive test. It provides both more in-depth food for thought along with quantitative feedback to give you a more holistic assessment of your journey towards greater self-realisation. 

Test validation 

The methodology of the Know Yourself Test was examined in focus groups and trialed to enable statistical assessments of the test output. These indicated moderate-to-strong levels of reliability and validity. It was validated by creating an additional test within the Know Yourself Test to measure the test taker’s susceptibility to biases and heuristics discovered in the field of behavioural finance. The test showed that those whom the test considered to ‘know themselves’ well were less likely to be susceptible to biases and heuristics.

Disclaimers and Caveats

The questions in the Know Yourself Test assume that individuals know what they want. This would not hold, for example, if an individual, with a very strong work ethic, chose an answer that they would like to win the lottery and be completely free, when the individual would likely want to continue to work even if he/she did win the lottery. The Know Yourself Test also assumes honesty and that questionnaire takers took care when answering. If the individual was tired when taking the test, this is likely to adversely impact their answers. 

A psychological questionnaire, like the Know Yourself Test, is essentially an objective and standardized measure of a sample of behavior. Psychological questionnaires are like tests in any other science, insofar as observations are made on a small but carefully chosen sample of behavior. Because they are based on samples, they are imperfect tools. Although statistically tested for reliability and validity, there is still a probability, albeit low, of inaccurate output. 

We forge gradually our greatest instrument for understanding the world – introspection. We discover that humanity may resemble us very considerably – that the best way of knowing the inwardness of our neighbors is to know ourselves. For after all, the only experience we really understand is our own. And that, in the least of us, is so rich that no one has yet exhausted its possibilities. It has been said that every genuine character an artist produces is one of the characters he might have been. By re-creating our own suppressed possibilities we multiply the number of lives that we can really know.”

Walter Lippmann