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Morbid Curiosity Scale

Want to know why you have such a tolerance for the gory and grotesque? Find out through this free test.

Mark Travers, Ph.D.

By Mark Travers, Ph.D. | September 29, 2023

The Morbid Curiosity Scale is a test that allows you to easily assess how strong your interest is in all things dark, scary and disturbing. The scale measures four different factors that are found to pique morbid curiosity, which are interests in:

  1. Minds of dangerous people
  2. Paranormal danger
  3. Interpersonal violence
  4. Body violation

The Morbid Curiosity Scale consists of 24 different statements, each designed to measure your interest in the four aforementioned factors of morbid curiosity.

It's important to know that having a high score doesn't mean that there's anything wrong with you or that you are a bad person for being interested in these matters. Morbid curiosity is a natural and normal phenomenon, and is arguably a useful trait to have in order to avoid ignorance about the dangerous aspects of the world around you.

You can take this test here. Please follow all of the steps to receive your results.

Step 1: Please report how much you agree or disagree with the following statements. There are no right or wrong answers, just answer honestly and with your gut reaction.

Step 2: Enter your age, gender, region, and first name so we can provide you with a detailed report that compares your test scores to people similar to you.

Step 3: Check to make sure you've provided answers to all of the statements/questions above. Once you've done that, click the button below to send your responses to Awake Therapy's Lead Psychologist, Mark Travers, Ph.D. He will provide you with an overview of how you scored relative to others (all answers are anonymized and confidential to protect users' privacy). He can also answer any follow-up questions you may have.

References: Scrivner, C. (2021). The psychology of morbid curiosity: Development and initial validation of the morbid curiosity scale. Personality and Individual Differences, 183, 111139.