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3 Minute Malicious Envy Test

Based on the work of Dr. Jan Crusius, Ph.D.

Malicious envy is distinguished from benign envy in that, whereas benign envy can motivate us to improve ourselves so that we can have what others have, malicious envy is destructive and focused on destroying the success of others.

Instructions: Below is a list of questions that relate to life experiences common among people who tend to feel maliciously envious. Please read each question carefully and indicate whether it applies to you or not.

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Question 1 of 10

If other people have something that I want for myself, I often wish to take it away from them.


The IDRlabs 3 Minute Malicious Envy Test (IDR-3MMET) was developed by IDRlabs. The IDR-3MMET is based on the work of Dr. Jens Lange, Ph.D. and Dr. Jan Crusius, Ph.D., who created the Benign and Malicious Envy Scale (BeMaS). The IDR-3MMET is not associated with any specific researchers in the field of psychopathology or any affiliated research institutions.

The IDRlabs 3 Minute Malicious Envy Test was informed by the Benign and Malicious Envy Scale, as published in Lange, J., & Crusius, J. (2014). Dispositional envy revisited: Unraveling the motivational dynamics of benign and malicious envy. Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin. Kwiatkowska, M., Rogoza, R. & Volkodav, T. Psychometric properties of the benign and malicious envy scale: Assessment of structure, reliability, and measurement invariance across the United States, Germany, Russia, and Poland. Current Psychology. Fam, J., Yap, C., Murugan, S., & Lee, T. (2020). Benign and malicious envy scale: An assessment of its factor structure and psychometric properties. Psychological Thought.

The work of Dr. Lange and Dr. Crusius has also informed some of the diagnostic criteria in the form of the widely used psychological instrument, the Benign and Malicious Envy Scale, 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 Malicious Envy Test are independent of the above researchers, organizations, and their affiliated institutions.

The 3 Minute Malicious Envy Test is based on a famous and well-regarded inventory for the assessment of a frustrating emotion attributed to a lack of a superior quality, possession, or achievement that others do have. 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 Malicious Envy test, which allows you to screen yourself for the signs of this emotion, we have strived to make the test as reliable and valid as possible by subjecting it to statistical controls and validation. However, free online quizzes such as the present 3 Minute Malicious Envy 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 Malicious Envy Test is delivered to you free of charge and will allow you to obtain your scores related to a frustrating emotion attributed to the perceived lack of a superior quality or qualities, possession, or achievement that others do have, which motivates the individual to pull others down.

2. Clinically oriented. The feedback delivered by this instrument is based on the work of Ph.D.s and is designed to deliver a clear picture of the respondent’s current behavior indicating envy 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.