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Trait Mindfulness Test

Based on the work of Dr. Richard Ryan, Ph.D.

What do you think when you hear the word “mindfulness”? A specific activity, like meditation or deep relaxation where the aim is to clear one’s thoughts, may come to mind. This is the state of mindfulness, but did you know that mindfulness is also a stable personality trait?

Trait mindfulness reflects individual differences in general levels of mindfulness across situations and time. People with higher trait mindfulness are typically better at keeping their attention focused on the task at hand, without their mind wandering on to other things such as past and future worries. As a result, people who are higher in trait mindfulness are able to concentrate on complex tasks for longer periods of time.

Are you high or low in trait mindfulness? For each of the following statements, indicate your level of agreement or disagreement below.

Question 1 of 15

Even when I experience a strong emotion, I am not always aware of it until sometime later.



The IDRlabs Trait Mindfulness Test (IDR-TMT) was developed by IDRlabs. The IDR-TMT is based on the work of Dr. Kirk Brown and Dr. Richard Ryan, Ph.D., and the Mindful Attention Awareness Scale. The IDR-TMT is not associated with any specific researchers in the field of psychopathology or any affiliated research institutions.

The IDRlabs Trait Mindfulness Test was informed by the Mindful Attention Awareness Scale as published in Brown KW, Ryan RM. The benefits of being present: Mindfulness and its role in psychological well-being. J Pers Soc Psychol. 2003 Apr;84(4):822-48. PubMed PMID: 12703651. And Carlson LE, Brown KW. Validation of the Mindful Attention Awareness Scale in a cancer population. J Psychosom Res. 2005 Jan;58(1):29-33. PubMed PMID: 15771867.

The work of Dr. Brown and Dr. Ryan has been influential in the rapidly growing field of mindfulness and its relation to mental health and wellbeing. The present test is intended for educational purposes only. IDRlabs and the present IDRlabs Trait Minute Mindfulness Test are independent of the above researchers, organizations, or their affiliated institutions.

The IDRlabs Trait Mindfulness Quiz is based on a famous and well-regarded inventory for the assessment of trait mindfulness, which is a disposition characterized by the extent to which the respondent is typically able to maintain open or receptive awareness of, and attention to, what is taking place in the present. However, free online tests and quizzes such as this one are solely first takes and cannot provide assessments of your personality that are completely valid or reliable. Hence, the test is intended to be used for educational purposes only. A definitive personality assessment can be made only by a qualified personality psychology researcher.

As the publishers of this free online Trait Mindfulness Test, which allows you to assess your levels of this stable personality trait, we have strived to make the test as reliable and valid as possible by subjecting the instrument to statistical controls and validation. However, free online quizzes such as the present Trait Mindfulness Test do not provide professional assessments or recommendations of any kind; the test is provided entirely “as-is.” For more information about our online tests and quizzes, please consult our Terms of Service.

Why Use This Test?

1. Free. This Trait Mindfulness Test is delivered to you free of charge and will allow you to measure your intrinsic levels of trait mindfulness.

2. Academically rigorous. The feedback delivered by this instrument is based on the work of university professors and is designed to deliver a clear picture of the respondent’s level of trait mindfulness.

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 mental health research.