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Sensation Seeking Scale

Are you the type of person who likes to live life on the wild side? Take this personality test to find out.

Mark Travers, Ph.D.

By Mark Travers, Ph.D. | November 10, 2023

The Brief Sensation Seeking Scale (BSSS) is a concise yet powerful tool designed to measure an individual's inclination towards seeking novel and thrilling experiences. Developed by personality psychologists, the BSSS emerged as a response to the growing need for a brief and efficient assessment of sensation-seeking tendencies. This scale taps into the essence of sensation seeking, capturing the innate desire for excitement, variety, and risk-taking behavior that varies across individuals.

Comprising eight items, the BSSS provides a rapid and reliable snapshot of one's sensation-seeking tendencies.

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

Step 1: For each of the statements below, indicate how much you agree with the following statement on a scale of 1 (Strongly Disagree) to 5 (Strongly Agree).

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: Hoyle R. H., Stephenson M. T., Palmgreen P., Lorch E. P., Donohew L. Reliability and validity of scores on a brief measure of sensation seeking. Pers Individ Dif 2002; 32: 401–14.

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