Sorensen Self esteem Test

The Sorensen self esteem test is one of the most comprehensive tests to assess one's self esteem. It has opened my eyes while reading the book Breaking the Chain of Low Self-Esteem (where you can also find the test) and may open yours.

The author of the test and the book, Marilyn J. Sorensen, PhD, is a clinical psychologist in Portland, USA where she has specialized in relationship and self esteem issues for over 32 years and an internationally recognized authority on low self-esteem. She is the founder of The Self Esteem Institute and the author of five books. In other words, this girl knows what she's talking about and I am very pleased that she gave me permission to use her self esteem test on here as I believe it could be a revelation for many.

This is a 50 items self esteem questionnaire so relax, get yourself a drink and take your time for this self assessment. Again, remember that this self esteem test is not to determine your worth as a person but to evaluate how you view yourself, so there is no right or wrong answers, only honest ones so you can find out where you stand and what need to be done.

The Sorensen Self Esteem test

It would be a good idea to print this self esteem test so you can read it confortably. Check each statement that you find to be true.

  1. I generally feel anxious in new social situations where I may not know what is expected of me.

  2. I find it difficult to hear criticism about myself.

  3. I fear being made to look like a fool.

  4. I tend to magnify my mistakes and minimize my successes.

  5. I am very critical of myself and others.

  6. I have periods in which I feel devastated and/or depressed.

  7. I am anxious and fearful much of the time.

  8. When someone mistreats me, I think I must have done something to deserve it.

  9. I have difficulty knowing whom to trust and when to trust.

  10. I often feel like I don't know the right thing to do or say.

  11. I am very concerned about my appearance.

  12. I am easily embarrassed.

  13. I think others are very focused on -and critical of- what I say and do.

  14. I fear making a mistake which others might see.

  15. I often feel depressed about things I've said and done, or things I failed to say or do.

  16. I have avoided making changes in my life because I was fearful of making a mistake or failing.

  17. I often get defensive and strike back wen I perceive I am being criticized.

  18. I have not accomplished what I am capable of due to fear and avoidance.

  19. I tend to let fear and anxiety control many of my decisions.

  20. I tend to think negatively much of the time.

  21. I have found it difficult to perform adequately or without embarrassment when involved in sex.

  22. I'm one of the following: The person who reveals too much personal information about myself or who seldom reveals personal information.

  23. I often get so anxious that I don't know what to say.

  24. I often procrastinate.

  25. I try to avoid conflict and confrontation.

  26. I' ve been told I'm too sensitive.

  27. I felt inferior or inadequate as a child.

  28. I tend to think that I have higher standards than others.

  29. I often feel like I don't know what is expected of me.

  30. I often compare myself to others.

  31. I frequently think negative thoughts about myself and others.

  32. I often feel that others mistreat me or take advantage of me.

  33. At night, I frequently review my day, analyzing what I said and did or what others said and did to me that day.

  34. I often make decisions on the basis of what would please others rather than on what I want or without even considering what I want.

  35. I often think others don't respect me.

  36. I often refrain from sharing my opinions, my ideas, and my feelings in groups.

  37. I somtimes lie when I feel that the truth would result in criticism or rejection.

  38. I'm fearful that I will say or do something that will make me look stupid or incompetent.

  39. I do not set goals for the future.

  40. I am easily discouraged.

  41. I am not very aware of my feelings.

  42. I grew up in a dysfunctional home.

  43. I think life is harder for me than for most other people.

  44. I often avoid situations where I think I will be uncomfortable.

  45. I tend to be a perfectionist, needing to look perfect and to do things perfectly.

  46. I feel too embarrassed to eat out alone or to attend movies and other activities by myself.

  47. I often find myself angry or hurt by the behavior and words of others.

  48. At times I get so anxious or upset that I experience most of the following: heart racing or pounding, sweating; fearfulness; blushing; difficulty swallowing or lump in my throat; shaking; poor concentration dizziness, nausea or diarrhea; butterflies.

  49. I am very fearful of criticism, disapproval or rejection.

  50. I rely on the opinion of others to make decisions.

If you checked:

00-04 Statements: ......................You have fairly good self esteem
05-10 Statements: ..................... You have mild low self esteem
11-18 Statements : .................... You have moderately low self esteem
19-50 Statements: ..................... You have severely low self esteem

This test is taken from and I have received permission to use it on this site.

copyright 2006, Marilyn J Sorensen - All Rights Reserved. Duplication or distribution is strictly prohibited without written permission.

I hope you enjoyed this self esteem test. A self assessment is not always easy because our pride and ego get in the way and often lead to denial especially regarding to low self esteem because it is so subtle and deeply impregnated that we don't even think it could be the cause of our problems.

So hopefully, this self esteem test gave you a good idea of how you perceive yourself and this in itself is already a great start.

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