This test is one of the first to combine the measurements of dominance and submission into a single test, delivering composite results.
Do you tend toward the dominant or submissive side of things? For each of the following questions, indicate how well it describes you below.
Question 1 of 30
Sometimes it makes me feel safe when those close to me are critical of me.
The IDRlabs Dominance/Submission Test was developed by IDRlabs based on the academic references and projects detailed below. IDRlabs is not affiliated with any of these researchers or their institutions.
The Dominance/Submission Test was compiled on the basis of the following sources: 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. O'Meara, A., Davies, J., & Hammond, S. (2011). Short Sadistic Impulse Scale [Database record]. Retrieved from PsycTESTS. Atkinson, B. (2017). The SELF-DISS: A comprehensive measure of self-defeating interpersonal style. Electronic Thesis and Dissertation Repository. 4896. https://ir.lib.uwo.ca/etd/4896. McCutcheon, L.E. (1995). Further validation of the self-defeating personality scale. Psychology Reports, 76 (3), 1135-1138.
Dominance components measure assertive traits such as aggression, hostility, and dominance. Submission components measure aggrieved traits such as diffidence, self-abasement, and unworthiness. Together they provide a combined picture of the respondent’s sadistic and masochistic traits. This quiz also allows you to compare your scores with the population average, as well as to see whether you tend more toward Sadism or Masochism.
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