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6 Minute Sadism Test

Based on the work of Dr. Rachel Plouffe, Ph.D.

Sadism is the tendency to act aggressively towards and/or humiliate others as a means of self-enhancement. People who are high in sadistic traits take pleasure in controlling others and exerting power over them. Though sadism is no longer recognized as a personality disorder, sadistic 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 sadistic tendencies. Please read each question carefully and indicate whether it applies to you or not.

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Question 1 of 20

I want those who have challenged me to fail.


The IDRlabs 6 Minute Sadism Test (IDR-6MSPT) was developed by IDRlabs. The IDR-6MSPT is based on the work of Dr. Rachel Plouffe, Dr. Don Saklofske, and Dr. Martin Smith, who created the Assessment of Sadistic Personality. The IDR-6MSPT is not associated with any specific researchers in the field of psychopathology or any affiliated research institutions.

The IDRlabs 6 Minute Sadism Test was informed by the Assessment of Sadistic Personality’s criteria for SP, as published in Plouffe, R. A., Smith, M. M., & Saklofske, D. H. (2019). A psychometric investigation of the Assessment of Sadistic Personality. Personality and Individual Differences, 140, 57–60.  Plouffe, R. A., Smith, M. M., & Saklofske, D. H. (2016). The assessment of sadistic personality: Preliminary psychometric evidence for a new measure. Personality and Individual Differences.

The work of Dr. Plouffe, Dr. Smith, and Dr. Saklofske has also informed some of the diagnostic criteria in the form of the widely used psychological instrument, the Assessment of Sadistic Personality for clinical use, especially by qualified mental health professionals. The present test is intended for educational purposes only. IDRlabs and the present IDRlabs 6 Minute Sadism Test are independent of the above researchers, organizations, or their affiliated institutions.

The 6 Minute Sadism Quiz is based on a famous and well-regarded inventory for the assessment of the clinical concept of sadistic 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 6 Minute Sadism test, 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 6 Minute Sadism 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 6 Minute Sadistic Personality Test is delivered to you free of charge and will allow you to obtain your scores related to deriving pleasure from others’ pain or discomfort.

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 sadism 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.