BPD test (Long version, 40 Items)


The following symptoms characterize Borderline Personality Disorder (BPD):

  • Impulsivity
  • Emotional volatility
  • Unstable relationships
  • Unstable sense of self
  • Bursts of rage
  • Self-harm
  • Feelings of emptiness
  • Paranoid thoughts
  • High rejection sensitivity
  • Fears of abandonment

While these are the main symptoms used to diagnose BPD, people with BPD experience the disorder differently. So much so that researchers have come up with different types of BPD.

Why the long version?

Most BPD tests check for the above symptoms. To get a better and more comprehensive picture of your BPD, you can take our extended BPD types test and get a score for each sub-type of BPD.

While formulating that test, I noticed a lot of overlap in the symptoms. For the test you’re about to take, I eliminated repetitive items while preserving items unique to each type of BPD.

Therefore, this test will give you a reasonably accurate BPD score no matter your type. It incorporates more of your experiences than a usual, short BPD test.

Taking the BPD test

This test consists of 40 items on a 4-point scale ranging from Strongly agree to Strongly disagree. It is not meant to be a formal diagnosis. Your results are only shown to you and not stored in our database.

BPD test (long version)

1. I tend to indulge in dangerous activities like gambling and unprotected sex.

2. I tend to indulge in aggressive behaviors like yelling, hitting things, and breaking things.

3. I'm prone to impulsive behaviors like binge eating and overspending.

4. People have described me as unreliable.

5. I find it hard to focus on one thing at a time.

6. I've been described as charismatic and charming.

7. I tend to self-harm and get suicidal thoughts.

8. I can seem detached and mysterious to others.

9. I am often energetic but get bored easily.

10. My relationships tend to be stormy.

11. I have an extreme fear of being abandoned.

12. I don't know who I am.

13. I experience bursts of rage.

14. It doesn't take long for me to become emotionally attached.

15. I engage in obsessive-compulsive behaviors.

16. I'm a perfectionist.

17. I'm humble and loyal.

18. I frequently feel helpless and vulnerable.

19. I'm clingy in my relationships.

20. I tend to be attention and approval-seeking.

21. Self-loathing and self-criticism are my top habits.

22. I often feel sad, lonely, empty, and hopeless.

23. I have extreme sensitivity to criticism and rejection.

24. I'm unable to control my emotions.

25. I can indulge in abusive behaviors.

26. I tend to behave submissively.

27. I feel like I'm depressed all the time.

28. I feel unworthy of success and sabotage myself.

29. I am often bitter.

30. I can be very impatient and stubborn.

31. It's hard for me to admit my mistakes.

32. I often resort to passive-aggressive behaviors.

33. People have described me as cynical and pessimistic.

34. It's hard for me to take responsibility for my actions.

35. I'm often irritable and moody.

36. I'm easily offended.

37. I find it hard to express my feelings.

38. I have eating and/or substance abuse disorders.

39. I often get paranoid thoughts.

40. I can be very defiant at times.