Your toxic traits test (8 Traits)

Toxic behavior is any behavior that is harmful to others or to yourself. Toxic traits are those traits or tendencies in an individual that drive their toxic behaviors. The word ‘trait’ implies that the toxic behavioral pattern is stable over time. It says nothing about the genetic or environmental influences on the trait.

We all have toxic traits in varying degrees because many of these traits are part of being human. I’d go as far as to say that the default mode of humans is to be toxic. Not being toxic is the result of constant self-improvement and growth.

Test development

I researched toxic traits in humans and collected over 50. Too much toxicity in humanity, I guess. However, some of those traits were highly overlapping and close in meaning. Others were sub-traits of more basic traits.

So, I went through a process of narrowing them down and ended up with 8 major toxic traits. Some of them still overlap but not too much. Also, I eliminated the traits that are harmful to yourself and only included the ones that are harmful to others.

Final toxic traits list

  1. Arrogant
  2. Argumentative
  3. Mean
  4. Disrespectful
  5. Judgmental
  6. Controlling
  7. Manipulative
  8. Selfish

Taking the toxic traits test

This test consists of 40 items on a 5-point scale ranging from Strongly agree to Strongly disagree. It’s important that you answer each item as truthfully as you can.


While doing this test, you might feel like you’re being attacked and your ego might get hurt. When that happens you’re likely to enter into denial mode and deny your toxic traits. If you can’t handle it, it’s better if someone close to you takes it for you.

The test is fully confidential and your results will only be displayed to you. We don’t take your personal information or store your results in our database.

Your toxic traits test

1. I have used people for personal gain.

2. I have lied to people for personal benefit.

3. I use manipulative tactics like gaslighting and guilt-tripping to have my way.

4. I hide information from people that could potentially be useful for them.

5. I'm a pro when it comes to shifting the blame on others for my mistakes.

6. I've deliberately hurt people many times.

7. I've publicly humiliated people.

8. I frequently use overt and covert insults to put others down.

9. People have accused me of being rude.

10. I've used gossip to tarnish the reputation of people.

11. I take more than I give in relationships.

12. I'm stingy and don't share my resources and emotions with others.

13. I have a sense of entitlement. I believe I deserve special treatment.

14. I'm only interested in talking about myself.

15. I have a win-lose mentality. Either I win or they do. There's no win-win.

16. I've been accused of being a know-it-all.

17. I believe I'm better than most people. I'm truly one of a kind.

18. My ideas and opinions are more brilliant and important than anyone else's.

19. I like to brag and show off on a regular basis.

20. I care too much about what people think of me.

21. I frequently criticize others and their life choices.

22. I'm an expert at finding flaws in other people.

23. I'm quick to judge people negatively for their behaviors.

24. Things are either good or bad. There are no grey areas.

25. I have a tendency to jump to conclusions.

26. I can't take 'No' for an answer.

27. I often intimidate and dominate people into compliance.

28. I've been accused of being abusive at times.

29. I make decisions for others without consulting them.

30. People have told me to mind my own business.

31. I have a tendency to turn every discussion into an argument.

32. I enjoy the drama of conflict.

33. I get upset over little things and start fights.

34. I disagree with people for the sake of disagreeing.

35. I say controversial things just to stir up trouble.

36. I'm a bad listener.

37. I dismiss the ideas, opinions and feelings of others.

38. I've frequently been accused of violating the personal boundaries of people.

39. I am impolite and use a harsh tone in conversations with people.

40. I borrow things from people and don't return them.