We have dozens of quizzes here at Psych Central, and we just added yet another new one — What’s Your Emotional Type? Learning your emotional type can be helpful in dealing with chronic illness and health issues in your life, including pain. This 18-question quiz is by Michael Jawer and Marc Micozzi, M.D., Ph.D., and we’re happy to work with them to bring this quiz to Psych Central. Learning your emotional type can be beneficial in helping you find the right treatment for your chronic illness or pain.
Be aware that different professionals define one’s emotional type differently. Jawer & Micozzi defined emotional types that they believe help determine the best types of treatment for a number of conditions, including: depression, chronic pain, chronic fatigue, migraines, post-traumatic stress disorder, hypertension, and irritable bowel syndrome, among others.
Our quiz specifically looks at the kind of emotional boundaries you have in relationships, and whether you have think or thin boundaries. The boundary concept was developed by Dr. Ernest Hartmann, of Tufts University, and can be a useful way of looking at personality differences and understanding why one person may develop a chronic illness that is distinctly different than a chronic illness that someone else develops.
Boundaries are more than a measure of introversion or extroversion, openness or closed-mindedness, agreeableness or hostility, or any other personality trait. Boundaries are a way to assess the characteristic way a person views her/himself and the way s/he operates in the world based on how that person handles the energy of feelings.
On a completely unrelated note, I also wanted to point out our Schizophrenia Screening Test — one of the few available online. Few people actually have schizophrenia — a disorder characterized by hallucinations and delusions that severely impact a person’s life. But this disorder often rears its head in a person’s 20s, so it’s something to be aware of if you’re concerned about inexplicable symptoms in yourself or a friend.
Take the 12-question quiz now to find out if you might benefit from consulting a mental health professional.
Schizophrenia, like all mental disorders, is treatable. The key to getting treatment, though, is recognizing there’s a problem to begin with. A screening test like this one can’t actually diagnose schizophrenia — so don’t think you have it even if you score high on the test. Only a trained mental health professional like a psychologist or psychiatrist can make a mental disorder diagnosis. If you take the test and have some concern for yourself or a loved one, please, seek out a professional’s opinion. Getting help sooner rather than later is so important for a disorder like schizophrenia — and can make a significant difference in treatment outcome.
And let me repeat…. Neither of these quizzes — like all the psychological tests we publish — are meant to diagnose you. Instead, they are just here to give you a general idea about a certain set of symptoms or characteristics about yourself. We hope you find them useful.