Sadism test (Only 9 Questions)


A sadist is someone who derives pleasure from the pain of others. Sadistic personalities tend to be aggressive toward others. They enjoy causing pain to others and humiliating them.

While sadism is similar to psychopathy (lacking empathy) and sociopathy (being antisocial), the key differentiating for sadism is that sadistic acts are purely committed for pleasure.

A sadistic person gains nothing from their sadistic behavior except pleasure. Their behavior seems odd and unnecessary to people who’re not sadists.

Sadists take pleasure in exerting power over and controlling others. They like to control others for the heck of it. They hardly gain any tangible benefit (except fun) from exerting power over others.

Examples of sadistic behavior

  • Humiliating others
  • Sharing violent and gory images on social media
  • Enjoying violent movies and clips of people fighting
  • Trolling and cyberbullying
  • Hurting animals unnecessarily

Taking the sadism test

This test consists of 9 items on a 5-point scale ranging from Strongly agree to Strongly disagree. Your results are only displayed to you, and we don’t store them in our database. The test takes less than a minute to finish.

Sadism test

1. I have made fun of people so that they know I am in control.

2. I would hurt somebody if it meant I would be in control.

3. Being mean to others can be exciting.

4. Watching people get into fights excites me.

5. I would not purposely hurt anybody, even if I didn't like them.

6. I never get tired of pushing people around.

7. When I mock someone, it's funny to see them get upset.

8. I get pleasure from mocking people in front of their friends.

9. I think about hurting people who irritate me.


Plouffe, R. A., Saklofske, D. H., & Smith, M. M. (2017). The assessment of sadistic personality: Preliminary psychometric evidence for a new measure. Personality and individual differences104, 166-171.