Social anhedonia test: 13 Items

Social anhedonia is a reduced ability or an inability to derive pleasure, happiness, and joy from social interactions. It’s a type of anhedonia, a broader term that implies a failure to derive pleasure from something that is usually pleasurable and enjoyable.

Being a social species, humans naturally experience a sense of pleasure and joy when connecting with each other. However, those with social anhedonia don’t feel anything when they connect with others.

They may even experience negative emotions in social situations, which makes them want to withdraw socially.

Social anhedonia is a core symptom of depression and other mental health conditions like:

  • Schizophrenia
  • Anxiety disorders
  • Substance use disorders
  • Autism
  • ADHD

Taking the social anhedonia test

This test consists of 13 items on a 5-point scale ranging from Strongly agree to Strongly disagree. It’s not meant to be a diagnosis. Answer the items based on how you’ve been feeling lately.

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Social anhedonia test

1. I prefer solitary hobbies and leisure activities.

2. Building and maintaining relationships isn’t worth the time and energy it takes.

3. I feel a sense of detachment from the external world.

4. Social interactions exhaust me mentally and emotionally.

5. I don’t believe close relationships are important.

6. I make lame excuses to avoid social gatherings.

7. People find it challenging to get to know me better.

8. I prefer maintaining my independence rather than getting involved with other people.

9. I have difficulty expressing emotions and feelings.

10. I have difficulty responding emotionally to others.

11. I have difficulty initiating and maintaining conversations.

12. I've been told that I am dead on the inside.

13. I've been told that I communicate with a flat tone and expression.