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3 Minute Negativistic (Passive-Aggressive) Test

Based on the work of Dr. Lee Anna Clark, Ph.D.

Negativism, also called passive-aggressive personality, is a pattern of contrary attitudes accompanied by resentfulness, hostility, and indirect aggression. Though negativism is no longer recognized as a personality disorder, negativistic 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 a Negativistic (Passive-Aggressive) Personality. Please read each question carefully, and indicate whether it applies to you or not.

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Question 1 of 10

Others treat me unfairly.


The IDRlabs 3 Minute NP Test (IDR-3MNPT) was developed by IDRlabs. The IDR-3MNPT is based on the work of Dr. Lee Anna Clark, who authored the Schedule for Nonadaptive and Adaptive Personality (SNAP). The IDR-3MNPT is not associated with any specific researchers in the field of psychopathology or any affiliated research institutions.

The IDRlabs 3 Minute Negativistic Test was informed by the SNAP’s criteria for NP as published in Clark LA. (1993). Manual for the Schedule of Nonadaptive and Adaptive Personality. Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press. Melley, A. (2002). The Schedule for Nonadaptive and Adaptive Personality (SNAP). Assessment, 9, 2, 181-187. Calabrese, W., Rudick, M., Simms, L., & Clark, L. (2012). Development and validation of big four personality scales for the Schedule for Nonadaptive and Adaptive Personality (SNAP). Psychological Assessment, 24, 3, 751-63.

The work of Dr. Clark has also informed some of the criteria in the form of the widely used psychological instrument, the Negativistic, 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 Negativistic Test are independent of the above researchers, organizations, or their affiliated institutions.

The 3 Minute Negativistic Quiz is based on a famous and well-regarded inventory for the assessment of personality disorders, which also has scales that measure passive-aggressive traits and negative temperament. 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 Negativistic / Passive Aggressive Test, which allows you to screen yourself for the signs of this personality trait, 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 NP 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 Negativistic/Passive Aggressive Test is delivered to you free of charge and will allow you to obtain your scores related to indirectly expressing negative feelings.

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 symptoms indicating negativistic 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.