About the test

Our skills and motivations lead us unto different paths in life. Different genes and different environments leads to different strengths and different personalities. Some of us become seekers; some of us become achievers; some of us become conservers; and some of us become depleted.

The more you know yourself, the easier it is to accept yourself.

It is also easier to change, when you are aware of what your “shortcomings” are.

This test uses Ryff’s Psychological scales for Environmental Mastery (EM) and Personal Growth (PG), to identify your current path of adult development. It is based on how much you agree with 12 statements about you, where a 1 means you do not agree at all and a 6 means you fully agree. A 5 means you almost fully agree.

Screen Shot 2015-10-24 at 16.44.29There are three types of development of positive mental health. Achievers score high on both EM and PG; Conservers score high on EM and low on PG; and Seekers, which score low on EM and high on PG. There is a final type of mental health development called the depleted, which scores low on both scales.

Take the test now to see which path you’re currently on:



[1] Helson, R. & Srivastava, S. Three Paths of Adult Development: Conservers, Seekers and Achievers. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology (vol. 80, No. 6, 995-1010), 2001. (http://pages.uoregon.edu/sanjay/pubs/threepaths.pdf)

[2] https://home.ubalt.edu/tmitch/641/cpiscales.htm

Ryff’s Psychological Well-Being Test


1.In general, I feel I am in charge of the situation in which I live
2.I am not interested in activities that will expand my horizons
3.The demands of everyday life often get me down
4.I think it is important to have new experiences that challenge how you think about yourself and the world
5.I do not fit very well with the people and the community around me
6.When I think about it, I haven’t really improved much as a person over the years
7.I am quite good at managing the many responsibilities of my daily life
8.I have the sense that I have developed a lot as a person over time
9.I often feel overwhelmed by my responsibilities
10.I do not enjoy being in new situations that require me to change my old familiar ways of doing things
11.I have difficulty arranging my life in a way that is satisfying to me
12.For me, life has been a continuous process of learning, changing, and growth
13.I have been able to build a home and a lifestyle for myself that is much to my liking
14.I gave up trying to make big improvements or changes in my life a long time ago