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Big Tent Dark Traits Test

Given the success of the Dark Triad and Dark Core personality tests and the Difficult Person Test, researchers have become increasingly interested in conceptualizing dark models of personality. One such model is the present Big Tent Dark Traits test, which was developed by David K. Marcus of Washington State University and Virgil Zeigler‐Hill of Oakland University. Uniquely for their model, Marcus and Zeigler‐Hill also include traits like perfectionism and dependence among the usual dark traits.

What is your Big Tent Dark Traits profile like? For each of the following questions, indicate your level of agreement below.

Question 1 of 35

People generally look up to me.



The IDRlabs Big Tent of Dark Personality Traits Test (IDR-BTDPT) was developed by IDRlabs. The IDR-BTDPT is based on the work of Dr. David K. Marcus, Ph.D. and Dr. Virgil Zeigler-Hill, Ph.D., who wrote a paper entitled “A Big Tent of Dark Personality Traits.” The IDR-BTDPT is not associated with any specific researchers in the field of psychopathology or any affiliated research institutions.

The IDRlabs Big Tent of Dark Personality Traits Test was informed by the research of Marcus and Zeigler-Hill as published in Marcus, K., & Zeigler-Hill, V. (2015). A big tent of dark personality traits. Social and Personality Psychology Compass 9(8). The authors suggest that other features of dark personality have been largely neglected by psychologists. Hence, they advocate for a broader conceptualization of dark personality traits that goes beyond the dark triad traits. The present test is intended for educational purposes only. IDRlabs and the present IDRlabs Test are independent of the above researchers, organizations, or their affiliated institutions.

The Big Tent of Dark Personality Traits Test is based on a famous and well-regarded research on dark personality features. However, free online tests and quizzes such as this one are solely first takes and cannot provide accurate assessments of your potential condition. Hence, the test is intended to be used for educational purposes only. A definitive personality assessment can be made only by a pertinent professional.

As the publishers of this free online Big Tent of Dark Personality Traits Test, which allows you to screen yourself for the indicators of these traits, 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 Big Tent of Dark Personality Traits 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 Big Tent of Dark Personality Traits Test is delivered to you free of charge and will allow you to obtain your scores related to Machiavellianism, narcissism, psychopathy, spitefulness, greed, perfectionism, and dependency.

2. Research-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 dark personality traits 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.