The test was designed in the 20th century by the Hungarian psychiatrist Leopold Szondi.

The aim was to explore the deepest repressed impulses of a person on the basis of sympathy or aversion caused by the specific photos of psychopaths. The Szondi test is based on the general notion that the characteristics that bother us in others are those that caused aversion to ourselves at an early stage of our life and that’s why we repress them.

Here are some psychology terms you need to know before starting the test:

Repression: According to the psychoanalytic concept, this is the most important psychological defense mechanism we have. Its most important function is to transfer thoughts and desires we are uncomfortable with to our unconscious.

Denial: It is a mental process by which we absolutely refuse our deepest impulses (ie things we want), adopting the exact opposite pattern of the desired behavior.

Sublimation: the process of transfer of our repressed choices, states or behaviors to the ones that are socially acceptable or useful, such as artistic activities, hobbies, professional choices, harmless little habits etc.


Look at the portraits of these eight people and choose the one you would never want to meet at night in the dark, because his or her appearance causes disgust and fear in you. Then read the interpretation that corresponds to the number of the portrait you chose.

IMPORTANT: please don’t misunderstand the results of the test, which don’t imply that you have a kind of mental disorder, since the test was designed to make an assumption about the possible repressed impulses of each type of personality in accordance with the psychoanalysis theory.

The original test included 6 sets of 8 portraits of people, each of whom had been classified as homosexual, a sadist, an epileptic, an hysteric, a katatonic, a schizophrenic, a depressive and a maniac. Here is a minor version of the test, which includes only one set of portraits, since it is very difficult to provide the full version of it with all the possible interpretations in one blog post.



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    • we have the same choice, it simply gives us awareness of our unconscious repressed feelings and thoughts, it somehow gives me hint about why we act naturally in our own ways, it sounds strange to know your deepest hidden self.

    • 5) Hysteric
      Some personality traits of hysterical people are superficial and unstable emotions, narcissism and exhibitionism. If chose this strange lady with heavy eyelids as the person that scares you most of all, maybe it’s because you have repressed an insatiable desire to captivate attention and a thirst for approval.

      You give the impression of a modest person with intense inwardness. However, in reality, seeming a quiet and shy person, you may be possessed of an overpowering and excessive desire to charm others. You meticulously take care of your appearance and behavior. For example, you always try to be elegant and well-dressed, complementing your clothes with accessories that attract the attention of others.

      Such people are likely to choose a rare/extravagant profession or hobby.

  1. My deepest darkest fear, when one day, I suddenly lost total control of myself yet hasn’t been able to settle my “traces” (issues, belongings, made peace). I fear to leave this world with “a mess” or burden to other people. I have been “setting unconciously” to live alone by myself, even with 1 daughter, I wish not to trouble her with my problems. Hence, my option is eerily falls to accurately:



    Some features of this mental disorder is the excessive stimulation of imagination and cognition in general and negativism. If this unshaven but smiling gentleman caused negative feelings in you, you may have repressed some hyperactivity of your mind, which could make you lose touch with reality if it had not been transferred to your unconscious.


    You tend to adopt stereotypical behaviors and do not like innovations and changes. Maybe you’re the type of timid and diffident person, who finds it particularly difficulte to adapt to new situations. Your biggest fear is to lose self-control. You are a bit stiff, often defensive and perhaps inhibited person who never deviates from the ‘behavior codex’.

    • 1) Sadist

      You are likely to have repressed some experiences from the first years of life associated with authoritarianism in your behavior, a need to dominate and a propensity for bad intentions. If you chose the portrait of this teacher may have repressed some offensive or demeaning to other behaviors in your unconscious.

      You are likely to be a completely harmless and peaceful creature, always ready to help others. If you are an office worker, your superiors may find it difficult to handle you. When you do not want to do something, you create barriers (for example, getting late to work or showing that you are in a bad mood). Often, when you have to defend yourself, you choose passive resistance and defiance, which in the long term exhaust those who created problems for you.

  2. Wow… I chose 4, and I actually think that the results are not far from the truth… Though I don’t know what to do with the results?

  3. I’ve got to admit that they all looked creepy to me! But the one that stood out to me the most was the lady in picture 4, to me she is scary and I definitely wouldn’t like to bump into her at any time of the day not just at night!
    When reading the interpretation it was like someone telling me something that I knew about myself already, only me and it felt like now someone else was telling me or describing me rather, felt like confirmation somehow! Quite accurate may I add! 🙂

  4. I have dysthymia, but the depressive one wasn’t the one that freaked me out. It was the schizophrenic and epileptic ones that did. It’s completely understandable though. I did repress feelings like those. I still have them and I’m slowly beginning to acknowledge them, but I’m not quite sure what to do about them.

  5. Though I’m actually quite sociable and very friendly, one of my biggest fears are change and losing control of my life and my thoughts (since my wild imagination can stray to darker parts) and yeah number 3 is totally accurate for me.

  6. What does it mean when i’m not bothered by any of these people? I mean, none of these people really look scary or threatening

  7. #4 Very accurate. Made me a lil sad because I definitely did stop caring about a lot of things from a pretty young age. Indifference. Legit.

  8. 8) Dissociative identity disorder
    This kind of personality is expressed in a person’s desire to live and be accepted as a member of the opposite sex. If this young man seems dangerous and depraved to you, perhaps early in your childhood you repressed an identity problem or more specifically a problem about your gender identity.

    If the defense mechanism of denial worked, you may have a tendency to emphatically confirm your biological sex. In this case, your behaviors, manners, and appearance emphasize that you are a real man or a real woman. If you’re a man, you are very “macho”, and if you are a woman, you always try to look sexy and seek to flirt and attract men.

    This is a totally accurate description of me in many respects.

    First, I do have a “desire to live and be accepted as a member of the opposite sex”. I’m a trans woman.

    Second, my “behaviors, manners, and appearance emphasize that you are a real man”. I did try for a decade or so to be a “real man”. I tried to become a stereotypical dumb jock for about a decade. I failed miserably.

    Third, the DIssociative Identity Disorder title. I have multiple p[ersonalities, so I actually do have MPD/DID.

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