Online Personality Test

I’ve taken this test before and scored very differently so I don’t know what to think of these results:

Disorder Rating
Paranoid Personality Disorder: Moderate
Schizoid Personality Disorder: Low
Schizotypal Personality Disorder: Moderate
Antisocial Personality Disorder: Moderate
Borderline Personality Disorder: Very High
Histrionic Personality Disorder: High
Narcissistic Personality Disorder: Moderate
Avoidant Personality Disorder: Moderate
Dependent Personality Disorder: Very High
Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder: High

Take the Personality Disorder Test
Personality Disorder Info

After talking with my therapist, I’m probably not borderline, even though this test seems to think I am. I answered a couple of questions that I probably shouldn’t have answered the way I did, but oh well. I think part of the problem with this test for bipolars is that bipolar symptoms and borderline symptoms often overlap. So, it could be that my answers relate to being bipolar and not borderline. Or maybe I really am borderline, who the hell knows?

Let’s look at Histrionic Personality Disorder:

Quick Summary:

People with histrionic personality disorder are constant attention seekers. They need to be the center of attention all the time, often interrupting others in order to dominate the conversation. They use grandiose language to discribe everyday events and seek constant praise. They may dress provacatively or exaggerate illnesses in order to gain attention. Histrionics also tend to exaggerate friendships and relationships, believing that everyone loves them. They are often manipulative.(sic)

Symptoms of Histrionic Personality Disorder:

Needs to be the center of attention
Dresses or acts provocatively
Rapidly-shifting and shallow emotions
Exaggerates friendships
Overly-dramatic, occassionally theatrical speech
easily influenced; highly suggestible

Wow. Doesn’t that sound like mania to you? I know it does to me.

I’m also really baffled by the Narcissistic, Antisocial, and Schizotypical ratings. (I’ve taken this test before and scored low in these areas – see below.) The descriptions of these disorders – you can follow the link to any of these disorders above – seem to either have nothing to do with my base personality or relate to how I feel when I’m manic. Am I manic now? No, not at the moment, but if you take the test, you will note there are words like ever and occasionally, and other misleading terms. I might occasionally dress provocatively, because I’m manic or maybe I’m just feeling a little feisty and I want to look hot for my husband. I would still answer yes to the question, but it would give the wrong impression to the test. “Do you have trouble not taking criticism personally?” The double negative in this makes me so confused that I’m not sure how to answer the question.

Now, I took the test a second time and got answers more similar to what I have gotten in the past. What I did differently is to eliminate anything that corresponds to mania. Where I might have answered yes to something because yes, this happens when I’m manic, I answered no this time because this is not my normal mode of thinking. Here is my second set of results.

Disorder Rating
Paranoid Personality Disorder: Low
Schizoid Personality Disorder: Low
Schizotypal Personality Disorder: Moderate
Antisocial Personality Disorder: Low
Borderline Personality Disorder: Low
Histrionic Personality Disorder: High
Narcissistic Personality Disorder: Low
Avoidant Personality Disorder: Moderate
Dependent Personality Disorder: Very High
Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder: High

Take the Personality Disorder Test
Personality Disorder Info

Note how different these results are. Yes, I have issues, and I will easily own up to dependent and obsessive-compulsive disorder. I am still baffled by histrionic and schizotypical but maybe there is some truth in there that I’m not seeing in myself. I’ll also own up to avoidant because there are many times when I will avoid things, people, and/or situations in order to not deal with them. I don’t think I’m socially inept, but I do feel a little intimidated at parties, especially if I don’t know anyone. Or not. Sometimes I am quite the social butterfly. Really, it all depends on my mood.

I guess what I am getting at with all of this is don’t take these online tests too seriously. If you think you have one of these personality disorders, be sure to discuss it with your doctor. Only a trained medical professional can diagnose you properly, and even then they don’t always get it right.

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8 thoughts on “Online Personality Test

  1. I posted one of those on my blog and I think that I could take the test 5 or 10 times and get a different result. Some questions can be answered either way according to what “mood” you are in.

    • Oh, I agree completely. I’m not sure I entirely made that point in my post, so thanks for bringing it up. BTW, it was your blog that compelled me to take the test. 😉

  2. I really love that you took this with a grain of salt and really shared how you went further in analyzing your results and talking to your doctor. And I think it’s wonderful that you stressed that your readers should do so as well. Honestly, I found this one a bit on the ridiculous side, trying to diagnose so many things with so little information!

    Also, OCD is not a personality disorder, it’s an anxiety disorder.

    Perhaps maybe you should write.a post

  3. I take these every so often and find that I usually get consistent results. Not always, though – on this one, I’ve consistently gotten a “moderate” score on Schizotypal (inappropriate affect, very mild paranoia, past instance of hallucination) and Histrionic (rapidly shifting moods, rash decisions, low tolerance for frustration, approval-seeking, excessive sensitivity to criticism). I get a high or very high score on OCD, but no one has every addressed that as something I should be trying to deal with – I guess it’s the least of the concerns when it comes to keeping me functional? I dunno, I’m just trying to get by…

    With all such tests, it makes a big difference as to your frame of reference – what mood you’re in, whether you’re thinking about self-at-home, self-at-work, self-with-friends, etc. This is particularly true for MBTI tests – I had a boss who was an MBTI specialist, and said it’s critical to take the test while thinking of your behavior at work, or else the results aren’t useful. And if I do it that way, I do get different scores; it makes sense, the way you behave in different contexts varies.

  4. I also took this test. Don’t know how reliable it is, because as you noted, we tend to answer according to certain episodes/phases/states we’re in. I’ve gotten “very high” on borderline personality disorder pretty much every time I’ve taken this, and I’ve gotten Dx of BPD from my previous therapist.

    It’s a lot of overlap and many professionals have suggested that it could be seen or studied as part of the “bipolar spectrum”. Meh.

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