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3 Minute Masochism Test

Based on the work of Dr. Thomas Schill, Ph.D.

Masochism is the tendency to adjust to painful experiences by telling oneself that one deserves the suffering or that these experiences are ennobling to bear. Though masochism is no longer recognized as a personality disorder, masochistic personality traits are still discussed by psychologists and may come up as a theme in psychotherapy.

Instructions: Below is a list of questions that relate to life experiences common among people who have been found to have masochistic tendencies. Please read each question carefully and indicate whether it applies to you or not.

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Question 1 of 10

I often have feelings of guilt, seemingly for no reason at all.


The IDRlabs 3 Minute Masochism Test (IDR-3MPT) was developed by IDRlabs. The IDR-3MMPT is based on the work of Dr. Thomas Schill, who created the self-defeating personality scale. The IDR-3MMPT is not associated with any specific researchers in the field of psychopathology or any affiliated research institutions.

The IDRlabs 3 Minute Masochism Test was informed by the self-defeating personality scale’s criteria for MP, as published in Schill, T. (1990) A measure of self-defeating personality. Psychological Reports. McCutcheon, L.E. (1995). Further validation of the self-defeating personality scale. Psychology Reports, 76 (3), 1135-1138.

The work of Dr. Schill and his colleagues has also informed some of the diagnostic criteria in the form of the widely used psychological instrument, the self-defeating personality 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 Masochism Test are independent from the above researchers, organizations, or their affiliated institutions.

The 3 Minute Masochism Test is based on a famous and well-regarded inventory for the assessment of the clinical concept of masochistic personality, which is also referred to as self-defeating personality. 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 Masochism Quiz, which allows you to screen yourself for the signs of this personality, 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 MP 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 Masochism Test is delivered to you free of charge and will allow you to obtain your scores related to a pattern of self-defeating behaviors.

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 clinical picture of the respondent’s current characteristics indicating masochistic tendencies 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.