Szondi test (forefront)

Without time constraint, suggested time, hours:minutes: 00:15

Test layout


Szondi test is the projective personality test, developed by a Swiss doctor, psychoanalyst and psychologist Leopold Szondi in 1947.

Szondi test is based on the position, that typologically different personality structures can be represented by combinations of the 8 core drives. Each of them, depending on formal indicators reveales by Szondi test a particular pathology or problem of the testee. In support of his test, Szondi suggests that the most pronounced strength and diagnostic value have portraits that match the most important needs of the individual and correspond to his genetically determined and dynamically relevant biases. Szondi proves his assumptions by experimental research of the test and clinical observations.

The Stimulus material consists of 48 standard cards with portraits of people with mental illnesses (homosexuality, sadism, epilepsy, hysteria, catatonic schizophrenia, paranoid schizophrenia, depression, mania). Cards are divided into six series of eight pieces (one portrait from each category of patients). Testee should choose in each of the portraits’ series two most liked and least liked.

Psychodiagnostics of drives consists of two parts. The first part is the selection of twelve sympathetic and the twelve unsympathetic portraits, they diagnose those impulsive instincts and ego-functions that come to the forefront. This part of the experiment is called the first time passing and the profile of the first time passing is called forefront profile (FP). Thus, for the diagnosis in forefront profile approach is used 24 portraits of the total 48.

This test is designed for children 10 years and older and for adults.