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3 Minute Borderline Test

Based on the work of Dr. Mary C. Zanarini, Ed.D.

Instructions: Below is a list of questions that relate to life experiences common among people who have been diagnosed with Borderline Personality Disorder (BPD). Please read each question carefully and indicate whether it applies to you or not.

Your privacy is protected. All results are anonymous.

Question 1 of 10

I engage in frantic efforts to avoid real or imagined abandonment by people who are close to me.


The IDRlabs 3 Minute BPD Test (IDR-3MBPDT) was developed by IDRlabs. The IDR-3MBPDT is based on the work of Dr. Mary C. Zanarini, who created the McLean Screening Instrument for Borderline Personality Disorder (MSI-BPD). The IDR-3MBPDT is not associated with any specific researchers in the field of psychopathology or any affiliated research institutions.

The IDRlabs 3 Minute BPD Test was informed by the MSI-BPD’s criteria for BPD, as published in Zanarini, M.C., Vujanovic, A.A., Parachini, E.A., Boulanger, J.L., Frankenburg, F.R., & Hennen, J. (2003). A screening measure for BPD: the McLean screening instrument for borderline personality disorder (MSI-BPD). Journal of Personality Disorders, 6, pp.568-73; Soler, J., et al. (2016). Validation of the Spanish version of the McLean screening instrument for borderline personality disorder. Revisita de Psiquiatra y Salud Mental. 9(4):195-202. doi: 10.1016/j.rpsm.2016.03.002; Zanarini, M.C. (2008). McLean screening instrument for borderline personality disorder (MSI-BPD). Burlington, MA: Jones and Bartlett Publishers.

The work of Dr. Zanarini has also informed some of the diagnostic criteria in the form of the widely used psychological instrument, the MSI-BPD, for clinical use especially by qualified mental health professionals. The present test is intended for educational purposes only. IDRlabs and the present IDRlabs 3 Minute BPD Test are independent of the above researchers, organizations, or their affiliated institutions.

The 3 Minute BPD Test is based on a famous and well-regarded inventory for the assessment of the clinical concept of Borderline Personality Disorder, which is a cluster B personality disorder. However, free online tests and quizzes such as this one are solely first takes and cannot provide accurate assessments of your potential personality disorder. Hence, the test is intended to be used for educational purposes only. A definitive mental health assessment can be made only by a qualified mental health professional.

As the publishers of this free online 3 Minute BPD test, which allows you to screen yourself for the signs and symptoms of this cluster B personality disorder, we have strived to make the test as reliable and valid as possible by subjecting this test to statistical controls and validation. However, free online quizzes such as the present 3 Minute BPD Test do not provide professional assessments or recommendations of any kind; the test is provided entirely “as-is.” For more information about any of our online tests and quizzes, please consult our Terms of Service.

Why Use This Test?

1. Free. This 3 Minute Borderline Test is delivered to you free of charge and will allow you to obtain your scores related to unstable relationships, unstable self-image, difficulties regulating emotion, and frantic efforts to avoid abandonment.

2. Clinically oriented. The feedback delivered by this instrument is based on the work of M.D.s and Ed.D.s and is designed to deliver a clear clinical picture of the respondent’s current symptoms indicating BPD as measured according to standardized items.

3. Statistical controls. Statistical analysis of the test is conducted to ensure maximum accuracy and validity of the test scores.

4. Made by professionals. The present test has been made with the input of people who work professionally with psychology and individual differences research.