Psychological test of your social network and loneliness

Do you suffer from loneliness? Take the loneliness test.


For many disorders affecting your wellbeing, taking a critical look at your own mental state can put you on course towards feeling better. With the aid of this test you can find out more about the quality of relationships you have with other people.
This is not a standardised clinical test – such tests should only ever be conducted with a psychologist or therapist in the context of professional counselling. So the results do not constitute a diagnosis and the derived parameters do not indicate where you stand in comparison with other people on average. They should serve solely as an encouragement towards self-reflection.

You should repeat the test from time to time. If you happen to be in an acutely difficult situation right now, like divorce, strains at work or the like, or perhaps dealing with a sad loss, it’s understandable that your mental state may be reflected in poorer values. Moreover, everyone has a bad day from time to time, when it’s hard to muster any joy or positive thoughts. So don’t give too much emphasis to bad results but rather take them much more as indications that it’s time to do yourself a favour and look for ways in which you might recharge your batteries. Do the test again after a while – you’ll see how, even after a steep turn for the worse, things can get better.

If no other time period is stated, then the questions relate to estimates over the last 14 days. As a rule the potential answers are grouped like school marks. The first potential answer, ranked all the way to the left, gets one point whilst the last gets five points. Enter your scores by each question and add up your total at the end of each test.
1.) I have a large circle of friends and acquaintances.
 
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2.) I get out a lot.
 
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3.) I have a lot of social contacts outside the family too.
 
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4.) I’m very active in clubs and other initiatives (parties, groups etc.)
 
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5.) Over the last four weeks I’ve had guests at my home or been invited to others’ homes.
 
6.) I know so many people that I can’t fit them all into my normal routine.
 
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7.) If I need help, I can find someone in no time.
 
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8.) I don’t find it easy to ask others for help directly and openly.
 
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9.) I find a lot of support in all matters from my family and circle of friends.
 
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10.) There are so many people with whom I can share my problems and joys.
 
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11.) When I want to speak out, I can find people who have enough time for me.
 
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12.) If I’m ill or otherwise urgently in need of help, I can find someone easily.
 
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