The New Personality Self-Portrait 25 (NPSP25) is a self-report measure used to discover your personality structure and to understand how your pattern compares with those of over 12,000 people who have taken the test. It illustrates the wide range of normal personality styles that combine to create your unique personality profile and demonstrates how each personality style influences your relationships, work, spirituality, and home life.
The 14 personality styles in the NPSP25 are the common, nonpathological versions of the personality disorder constellations described in recent editions of the American Psychiatric Association’s Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders. It is the only test for normal personality styles that is derived from the American Psychiatric Association system. (The NPSP25 does not diagnose personality disorders.)
The NPSP25 is the third edition of a self-test that has been used for personal, clinical, counseling, and employment purposes since 1990. The first edition was included in The Personality Self-Portrait, a ground-breaking book by John M. Oldham, M.D. and Lois B. Morris (Bantam Books, 1990).
The second edition, included in The New Personality Self-Portrait, has been continuously in print since it was published in 1995; soon thereafter the test became available separately for professional use. The New Personality Self-Portrait is currently in its 40th printing in English. It has also been published in German, Korean, Spanish, and Polish.
The NPSP25 has been developed for the internet with the expertise of Alok Madan, MPH, Ph.D., who has joined our team. New for this edition is a duplex scoring system. The first scoring system results in a graph of your personality in 14 dimensions, or styles.
The second, presented in percentiles, reveals how your individual results compare in each dimension to those of a sample of more than 12,000 people worldwide. In addition to your personal Self-Portrait graph and report, The New Personality Self-Portrait can be useful for additional understanding of your individual personality profile.
No. The test was developed by a team headed by an academic psychiatrist who has served as the president of the American Psychiatric Association. It has been in use in professional settings for more than two decades. The book in which a version of this test was first published, The New Personality Self-Portrait, has been continuously in print in several languages for more than two decades. It is read by people around the world who are interested in themselves and people in their lives, it has been used in training of medical residents in psychiatry, and it is assigned in many college courses on psychology and personality studies.
To insure the most accurate results, you may want to review your answers before proceeding to the scoring. This may be especially important if English is not your primary language, as some questions make use of colloquial expressions.
No test is foolproof, but if you answer the questions as honestly as you can, even if you don’t like to admit some things about yourself, your results will be pretty close to who you are. Every personality style has an upside and a downside. If you feel your results are too negative, think about how they might apply to you in a more positive way. You will find more interpretive information in the book to help you with this.
In therapy and counseling as well as workplace settings, the test can help couples or coworkers understand each other, problem-solve, and function better as a team.
The NPSP25 was developed from studies of the science of personality to be educational and useful for people around the world. Be aware, however, that it is not intended to diagnose personality pathology. This test demonstrates the wide range of normal personality styles. There are many standard interview methods available to mental health professionals that have been validated for diagnostic purposes.
That’s to be expected. We all grow and change throughout our lives, reflecting normal maturation, good and bad experiences, relationships, psychotherapy, and greater self-knowledge. We recommend retaking the test every few years to track growth and change.