Personality Disorder Test

Every person has a unique way of reacting and perceiving things in life, and since every person is unique, there is no benchmark for an ideal personality. Every person has a blend of favorable and unfavorable traits in him. However, if a person is exhibiting negative traits (like obsession, inflexible thought process and persistent discord with everyone around) most of the time, it does raise an alarm. In such a case, there is a possibility that the person may be affected by a personality disorder. A personality disorder test will help you identify this.

Personality Disorder Test Questions
A set of questions are given here which focus on all the aspects of a personality. If any of the unfavorable traits are overbearing, a preliminary test will help identify the disorder that the person is affected by. Some of the questions are:

  1. Are you overly sensitive to failures and criticism?
  2. Are you often impulsed to do things which you are asked not to?
  3. Do you experience magical thinking (belief that one has power to influence others)?
  4. Have you had any problems with law?
  5. Have you gone through a series of unstable and intense relationships in a short span of time?
  6. Are you a very suggestive person?
  7. Are you extremely obsessed with rules and regulations?
  8. Do you always crave for attention and importance?
  9. Do you always underestimate people around you and exaggerate your achievements?
  10. Are you aggressive towards animals and people who are weaker than you?

A psychiatrist conducts such a test on the patient, and based on the answers given by him evaluates which category of disorder he belongs to. After the condition has been diagnosed, these mental illnesses are treated with psychotherapies and medications. Mental illness is a dicey medical condition, pertaining to the fact that the mind is more complicated make than the body. Treatment of such conditions require a lot of patience, work, and study by the psychiatrist.

Types of Personality Disorders
A personality disorder can be defined as a condition where a person thinks, perceives, feels, or relates to people differently than an average person. In this condition the person finds it difficult to live a normal social life. Also, his perception of the environment around him and his social ability is impaired. For instance, a person may behave eccentric by being anxious and inhibited at one moment, and extremely dramatic at other times. People affected by these disorders cannot respond with a cool head to problems, specially where relationships and professional life are concerned. Above all, these people are unaware that something is amiss in their thought process and behavioral patterns. So, before proceeding with the personality disorder test, it is important to understand the types of personality disorder and its severity. The tables given below provide information about the various personality disorder traits that are commonly observed. There are three basic types of personality disorders which are given below:

Cluster A: People with an odd and eccentric thought process fit into this category. Cluster A covers the following types:

Disorder Type Personality Traits
Paranoid Personality Disorder Distrust, suspicion, hostility, and emotional detachment
Schizoid Personality Disorder Limited emotional expression, indifference to others, inability to understand social cues, and lack of interest in socializing
Schizotypal Personality Disorder Discomfort in relationships, flat emotions, peculiar beliefs, believing one can influence people with thoughts (magical thinking), and suspecting hidden messages in public speeches

Cluster B: If a person is behaving overly dramatic and is spending most of his time over thinking on emotions and behavior, then he would fit in the following categories:

Disorder Type Personality Traits
Antisocial Personality Disorder Aggression, disregard for self and others, lying, stealing, and violating laws
Borderline Personality Disorder Impulsive nature, suicidal tendencies, unstable mood, volatile relationships, and eremophobia (fear of loneliness)
Histrionic Personality Disorder Seeking attention all time, extremely sensitive, too much of concern with appearance, unstable mood, and extremely emotional behavior
Narcissistic personality disorder Underestimating others, exaggerating one’s achievements, insensitive to other people’s emotions, and fantasizing about power and success

Cluster C: If a personality is characterized by constant anxiety and fearful thinking, then he would fit in the following types:

Disorder Type Personality Traits
Avoidant Personality Disorder Social aloofness, extremely shy and timid, and hypersensitivity to failures and rejection
Dependent Personality Disorder Extreme submissiveness, tolerating abusive behavior, excessively dependent on someone (for e.g., starting a new relation as soon one has ended)
Obsessive-Compulsive Personality Disorder Extreme levels of obsession with cleanliness, decorum, and perfection, controlling situations, and absolutely inflexible to situations

DisclaimerThis Buzzle article is for informative purposes only, and should not be used as a replacement for the advice of a mental health expert.