The “Leary” Personality Test

Timothy Leary’s Interpersonal Behavior Circle
Personal Inventory

Directions: This sheet contains a list of descriptive words and phrases, which you will use to describe yourself. Read the items quickly and cheek those that are descriptive of yourself at the present time. Leave the answer space blank if an item does not apply to you. First impressions are generally best. If you feel much doubt whether an item applies, leave it blank.

Primary
1 __ Well thought of
2 __ Always giving advice
3 __ Often admired
4 __ Tries to be too successful
33 __ Makes a good impression
34 __ Acts important
35 __ Respected by others
36 __ Expects everyone to admire him
_____
P

5 __ Able to give orders
6 __ Bossy
7 __ Good Leader
8 __ Manages other
37 __ Forceful
38 __ Dominates
39 __ Likes responsibility
40 __ Dictatorial
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A

9 __ Self-respecting
10 __ Boastful
11 __ Self-Confident
12 __ Somewhat snobbish
41 __ Independent
42 __ Proud and self-satisfied
43 __ Self-reliant and assertive
44 __ Egotistical and conceited
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B

13 __ Able to take care of self
14 __ Thinks only of himself
15 __ Businesslike
16 __ Selfish
45 __ Can be, indifferent to others
46 __ Shrewd and calculating
47 __ Likes to compete with others
48 __ Cold and unfeeling
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C

17 __ Can be strict if necessary
18 __ Impatient with others’ mistakes
19 __ Hard boiled when necessary
20 __ Sarcastic
49 __ Firm but just
50 __ Self-seeking
51 __ Stern but just
52 __ Cruel and unkind
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D

21 __ Can be frank and honest
22 __ Outspoken
23 __ Irritable
24 __ Frequently angry
53 __ Critical of others
54 __ Often Unfriendly
55 __ Straight forward
56 __ Hard hearted
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E

25 __ Can complain if necessary
26 __ Bitter
27 __ Resents being bossed
28 __ Resentful
57 __ Often Gloomy
58 __ Complaining
59 __ Skeptical
60 __ Rebels against everything
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F

29 __ Able to doubt others
30 __ Jealous
31 __ Hard to impress
32 __ Stubborn
61 __ Frequently disappointed
62 __ Slow to forgive a wrong
63 __ Touchy and easily hurt
64 __ Distrusts everybody
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G

65 __ Able to criticize self
66 __ Self punishing
67 __ Easily embarrassed
68 __ Timid
97 __ Apologetic
98 __ Shy
99 __ Lacks self confidence
100 __ Always ashamed of self
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H

69 __ Can be obedient
70 __ Passive and unagressive
71 __ Easily led
72 __ Obeys too willingly
101 __ Usually gives in
102 __ Meek
103 __ Modest
104 __ Spineless
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I

73 __ Grateful
74 __ Dependent
75 __ Often helped by others
76 __ Hardly ever talks back
105 __ Admires and imitates others
106 __ Wants to be led
107 __ Very respectful to authority
108 __ Clinging vine
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J

77 __ Appreciative
78 __ Lets others make decisions
79 __ Accepts advice readily
80 __ Likes to be taken care of
109 __ Very anxious to be approved of
110 __ Trusting and eager to please
111 __ Easily fooled
112 __ Will believe anyone
_____
K

81 __ Cooperative
82 __ Too easily influenced by friends
83 __ Always pleasant and agreeable
84 __ Wants everyone’s love
113 __ Eager to get along with others
114 __ Will confide in anyone
115 __ Wants everyone to like him
116 __ Agrees with everyone
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L

85 __ Friendly
86 __ Fond of everyone
87 __ Sociable and neighborly
88 __ Friendly all the time
117 __ Affectionate and understanding
118 __ Likes everybody
119 __ Warm
120 __ Likes everyone
_____
M

89 __ Considerate
90 __ Forgives anything
91 __ Kind and reassuring
92 __ Too lenient with others
121 __ Encourages others
122 __ Over sympathetic
123 __ Tender and soft hearted
124 __ Tries to comfort everyone
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N

93 __ Helpful
94 __ Generous to a fault
95 __ Enjoys taking care of others
96 __ Too willing to give to others
125 __ Big-hearted and unselfish
126 __ Over protective of others
127 __ Gives freely of self
128 __ Spoils people with kindness
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O

Directions for Scoring the Leary Interpersonal Behavior Test

  1. The test has a total of 64 points.
  2. Each group (P, A, B, C, D, E, F, G) has a possible total of 8 points.
  3. Test takers check each of the 8 descriptive words/phrases that describe them and count the total of checks for each group. Thus, if group P has 4 checks, the score for P = 4.
  4. On the Interpersonal Behavior Circle the internal circle represents 0, the first concentric circle 2, the next 4, the next 6, and the last 8.
  5. For each pie shaped piece of the pie (P, A, B, C, D, E, F, G), place a dot to represent the number of checks added up for each group (P, A, B, C, D, E, F, G) on the test on the line that represents 2, 4, 6, or 8. If you have uneven numbers of checks, place dots for those numbers (1, 3, 5, 7) in between the concentric lines of the circle.
  6. Connect the dots around the circle to create a geometric shape that defines your predominant areas of interpersonal behavior.
  7. If your score is low (2 – 4), it represents a moderate level on the particular quality. If your score is high (6 – 8), it represents a more extreme level of the behavior in question.

Timothy Leary Interpersonal Behavior Circle

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