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Barratt Impulsiveness Scale

What is impulsiveness?

According to scientists, impulsiveness is one of the principal causes of self-control issues. It is an individual's predisposition to quick, spontaneous reactions to various stimuli without considering the negative consequences of such reactions. Often, impulsiveness is a manifestation of various psychological disorders (ADHD, PTSD, and others).

These days, scientists characterize the concept of loneliness as a feeling of disconnection from the outside world, lack of significant emotional relationships with others. The reaction to the growing feeling of loneliness is different for every person but often manifests itself in the form of acute emotional reactions (including painful experiences, anxiety, depression, depersonalization, hallucinations),changes in consciousness and self-awareness, and personal characteristics of an individual.

Barratt Impulsiveness Scale

The most popular impulsiveness questionnaire was created by the psychologist Dr. Barratt, E.S. and his colleagues from the University of Texas Medical School at Galveston in 1995. The original version of the Barratt et al. scale was developed back in 1959 and has been constantly updated and changed since then.

This scale is the most widely cited instrument for the assessment of impulsiveness and has been used to advance the understanding of this construct and its relationship to other clinical phenomena for 50 years.


When taking the test, do not think about the questions for a long time; place the mark that comes to your mind first. Note this test is intended strictly for informational, educational and entertainment purposes; its results cannot replace the real help of a specialist and should not be used for making any decision.

1. I plan tasks carefully.
2. I do things without thinking.
3. I make-up my mind quickly.
4. I am happy-go-lucky.
5. I don’t «pay attention».
6. I have «racing» thoughts.
7. I plan trips well ahead of time.
8. I am self controlled.
9. I concentrate easily.
10. I save regularly.
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