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Avoidant Personality Spectrum Test

The avoidant personality spectrum encompasses a range of symptoms, all pointing to the condition of being fretful, distracted, alienated, and the like. However, there is considerable variation in the type and severity of the symptoms.

This test combines the insights of several prior efforts to research the avoidant personality spectrum to bring you a single, composite test for measuring dependent personality occurrences across 8 different domains.

Where do you fall on the avoidant personality spectrum? For each of the following questions, indicate your level of agreement below.

Question 1 of 40

There are times when I just feel numb after dealing with the intensity of it all.



The IDRlabs Avoidant Personality Spectrum Test (IDR-APST) was developed by IDRlabs. The IDR-APST is based on the work of Dr. Donald R. Lynam and his colleagues, who created the Five Factor Avoidant Assessment (FFAvA). The IDR-APST is not associated with any specific researchers in the field of psychopathology or any affiliated research institutions.

The test provides feedback such as the following: Alienated: Avoidant individuals often feel alienated from those around them since they tend to struggle with perceptions of themselves as inferior and socially inept. Feeling inadequate, devalued, unattractive, or rejected thus spurs the avoidant person to isolate themselves, fostering feelings of emptiness, sadness, and loneliness.

Fragile: One characteristic of the avoidant personality is being fragile. This often manifests as being hypersensitive to criticism or negative comments as well as putting an excessively negative spin on things other people have said about them. People who are high in this trait are very self-conscious and easily hurt or embarrassed, and they tend to misinterpret neutral situations as negative.

Anguished: Individuals with avoidant traits tend to feel angry and sad over their inability to connect with others and make their needs known. As a consequence, they vacillate between desire for affection and fear of rejection. Since they typically avoid conflicts due to their lack of assertiveness, they tend to experience a constant and confusing undercurrent of tension and sorrow.

Vexatious: Avoidant individuals tend to have conflict-ridden memories of problematic past relationships. They are seldom able to access gratitude or well-being, as pessimistic views of past interactions predominate for them.

Excessively Imaginative: Individuals with avoidant personality features tend to daydream, as they depend on imagination to gratify the needs they are often too anxious to live out in real life. They retreat into a fantasy world of their own making to build confidence and to experience the gratification that is otherwise off-limits to them, withdrawing into their reveries to safely discharge frustrated passions and impulses.

As the publishers of this free online avoidant personality spectrum test, which allows you to screen yourself for the signs and symptoms of this condition, we have striven 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 Avoidant Personality Spectrum 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 Avoidant Personality Spectrum Test is delivered to you free of charge and will allow you to obtain your scores related to being fretful, distracted, aversive, alienated, fragile, anguished, vexatious, and excessively imaginative.

2. Clinically oriented. The feedback delivered by this instrument is based on the work of researchers and is designed to deliver a clear clinical picture of the respondent’s current symptoms indicating avoidant personality 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.