Borderline Personality Test

Instructions: This test is designed to help you understand whether you may have Borderline Personality Disorder. For each item, indicate how much you agree or disagree with the statement. This takes most people about 5 minutes to complete. Take your time and answer truthfully for the most accurate results.


I am a year old /

1. I nearly always feel “empty.”

2. I find that I often do one or more of the following: drive recklessly, engage in unsafe sex, abuse alcohol or drugs, binge eat, gamble or spend money recklessly.

3. Sometimes when I’m stressed out — especially if someone has abandoned me — I can get very paranoid, feel myself “spacing out” or dissociate.

4. I often idealize others, especially when I first meet them, and feel comfortable in sharing the most intimate details with them. But I often feel that these same people don’t care enough and aren’t there enough for me.

5. I’m sometimes very angry, extremely sarcastic and bitter, and feel like I have a hard time controlling this anger.

6. I’ve engaged in self-mutilating, self-harm, or suicidal behaviors, gestures or threats.

7. I often experience a sudden shift in the way I look at myself and my life, and completely change my goals, values and career focus.

8. I’m often afraid that others will abandon or leave me — so I’ll make frantic efforts to avoid this abandonment (even when it’s not real).

9. My mood can shift between extreme periods of anxiety, depression or irritability in just a few hours or days.

10. My views of others — especially those I care about — can shift dramatically and without any warning.

11. I would say most of my romantic relationships have been very intense — but not very stable.

12. I’m currently experiencing enough problems in this area of my life that it’s negatively impacting my ability to
go to school, work, be with friends or family, or have a romantic relationship.



Based upon the diagnostic criteria for Borderline Personality Disorder in the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders. All rights reserved. For personal, educational or research use only; other use may be prohibited by law.

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Psych Central quizzes are developed by Dr. John M. Grohol, Psy.D. in conjunction with other psychological researchers, based upon scientific studies and/or the official diagnostic criteria for a disorder. Dr. Grohol is a published researcher, author, and mental health expert, and he currently sits on the scientific board of Computers in Human Behavior. Learn more about how we develop our psychological tests.

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Research Team, P. (2020). Borderline Personality Test. Psych Central. Retrieved on January 26, 2020, from


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Last updated: 17 Jan 2020
Last reviewed: By John M. Grohol, Psy.D. on 17 Jan 2020
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