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Cognitive Styles Test

This site does not save results. If you have an Android device, you may download the Cognitive Styles Test app to take the test and your results will be saved in the app.

The Cognitive Styles Test measures 13 irrational styles of thinking that can create or contribute to life problems including depression, anxiety, anger, relationship difficulties, motivational issues.

This test provides information to help you learn about yourself and to work on self-improvement. Sometimes you will be provided links to self-help articles at ExcelAtLife.com that are written by a licensed psychologist and are based upon cognitive-behavioral therapy methods.

Irrational thinking refers to the concept from cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT) that problem behavior and many symptoms of stress occur due to our thought process. By learning about your irrational thinking you can learn to change it.

To fully understand this test it is important to read the articles about CBT that are provided on this site.

This site does not save your responses or results. Be sure to save your results to your computer if you want to retain the information.


The following test is for personal information only and is not meant to be a professional evaluation.

No login required to obtain results.

For each item: How Well Does the Following Describe You?

Item 1: I worry about things.

Very inaccurate.
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Item 2: I feel comfortable with myself.

Very inaccurate.
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Item 3: I pay attention to details.

Very inaccurate.
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Item 4: I need the approval of others.

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Item 5: I spend time thinking about past mistakes.

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Item 6: I reveal little about myself.

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Item 7: I believe that my success depends on ability rather than luck.

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Item 8: I try to please everyone.

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Item 9: I look on the bright side.

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Item 10: I panic easily.

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Item 11: I let other people take the credit for my work.

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Item 12: I feel attacked by others.

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Item 13: I worry about things.

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Item 14: I fear for the worst.

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Item 15: I just know that I will be a success.

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Item 16: I continue until everything is perfect.

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Item 17: I want to be liked.

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Item 18: I feel crushed by setbacks.

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Item 19: I am hard to get to know.

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Item 20: I believe that unfortunate events occur because of bad luck.

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Item 21: I follow directions.

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Item 22: I can find the positive in what seems negative to others.

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Item 23: I become overwhelmed by events.

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Item 24: I put up with anything.

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Item 25: I feel short-changed in life.

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Item 26: I get angry easily.

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Item 27: I am afraid of many things.

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Item 28: I seldom feel blue.

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Item 29: I have an eye for detail.

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Item 30: I seek support.

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Item 31: I withhold information from others.

Very inaccurate.
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Item 32: I don't talk a lot.

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Item 33: I believe that the world is controlled by a few powerful people.

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Item 34: I do what others want me to do.

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Item 35: I remain hopeful despite challenges.

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Item 36: I can't make up my mind.

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Item 37: I let people push me around to help them feel important.

Very inaccurate.
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Item 38: I suspect hidden motives in others.

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Item 39: I am quick to judge others.

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Item 40: I get stressed out easily.

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Item 41: I like to take responsibility for making decisions.

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Item 42: I want every detail taken care of.

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Item 43: I don't care what others think.

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Item 44: I am preoccupied with myself.

Very inaccurate.
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Item 45: I bottle up my feelings.

Very inaccurate.
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Item 46: I believe some people are born lucky.

Very inaccurate.
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Item 47: I hate to seem pushy.

Very inaccurate.
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Item 48: I will succeed with the goals I set for myself.

Very inaccurate.
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Item 49: I get overwhelmed by emotions.

Very inaccurate.
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Item 50: I will agree to anything.

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Item 51: I distrust people.

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Item 52: I am annoyed by others' mistakes.

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Item 53: I get caught up in my problems.

Very inaccurate.
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Item 54: I know my strengths.

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Item 55: I dislike imperfect work.

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Item 56: I don't care what people think of me.

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Item 57: I dwell on the past.

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Item 58: I keep my thoughts to myself.

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Item 59: I believe in the power of fate.

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Item 60: I follow orders.

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Item 61: I think about what is good in my life when I feel down.

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Item 62: I remain calm under pressure.

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Item 63: I let myself be used.

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Item 64: I feel that people have a hard time understanding me.

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Item 65: I am easily put out.

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Item 66: I am not easily bothered by things.

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Item 67: I dislike myself.

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Item 68: I want everything to add up perfectly.

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Item 69: I often express doubts.

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Item 70: I am open about myself to others.

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Item 71: I quickly recognize possibilities.

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Item 72: I expect the worst.

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Item 73: I can handle complex problems.

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Item 74: I have already gotten more than I deserve.

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Item 75: I am wary of others.

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Item 76: I can't stand being contradicted.

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Item 77: I am relaxed most of the time.

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Item 78: I am less capable than most people..

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Item 79: I detect mistakes.

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Item 80: I rarely look for a deeper meaning in things.

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Item 81: I am open about my feelings.

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Item 82: I give in to no one.

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Item 83: I have no plan for my life five years from now.

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Item 84: I know how to cope.

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Item 85: I won't take the blame for something that's not my fault.

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Item 86: I act comfortably with others.

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Item 87: I judge people by their appearance.

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Item 88: I am not easily disturbed by events.

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Item 89: I feel that my life lacks direction.

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Item 90: I demand quality.

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Item 91: I disclose my intimate thoughts.

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Item 92: I want to be different from others.

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Item 93: I am not confident that my way of doing things will work out for the best.

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Item 94: I readily overcome setbacks.

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Item 95: I don't let others take credit for my work.

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Item 96: I trust what people say.

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Item 97: I am not easily annoyed.

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Item 98: I don't worry about things that have already happened.

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Item 99: I question my ability to do my work properly.

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Item 100: I pay too little attention to details.

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Item 101: I show my feelings.

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Item 102: I believe only in myself.

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Item 103: I am calm even in tense situations.

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Item 104: I get irritated easily.

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Item 105: I try to forgive and forget.

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Item 106: I adapt easily to new situations.

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Item 107: I feel that I'm unable to deal with things.

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Item 108: I prefer to just let things happen.

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Item 109: I am willing to talk about myself.

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Item 110: I have a good word for everyone.

Very inaccurate.
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For authors and more information:
Goldberg, L. R., Johnson, J. A., Eber, H. W., Hogan, R., Ashton, M. C., Cloninger, C. R., & Gough, H. C. (2006). The International Personality Item Pool and the future of public-domain personality measures. Journal of Research in Personality, 40, 84-96.

International Personality Item Pool: A Scientific Collaboratory for the Development of Advanced Measures of Personality Traits and Other Individual Differences (http://ipip.ori.org/). Internet Web Site.



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