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The Personal Defence Profile test
  1. 1. I often find myself trying to accomplish things that somehow don’t seem to succeed.
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  2. 2. My friends describe me as a nervous type of person, afraid of making mistakes.
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  3. 3. In the beginning of a new project I usually get a lot of energy. It can feel as if my life has a purpose again.
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  4. 4. I feel a strong need for closeness in my relationship.
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  5. 5. I need a lot of attention from my partner in regard to my emotional life.
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  6. 6. My colleagues know they can always count on me. If they need help with anything at all, I’ll be there to do it for them unless I am out of my depth.
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  7. 7. I get really nervous about being able to perform well enough.
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  8. 8. No matter how often I fail, I don’t give up easily. I usually feel it’s worth it to give something another try.
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  9. 9. I usually feel I can still do better. I consider myself to be a perfectionist.
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  10. 10. It isn’t very difficult for me to admit to and feel emotional pain.
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  1. 11. A lot of people cannot be trusted.
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  2. 12. My friends tell me I impress them, sometimes even intimidate them.
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  3. 13. When possible, I prefer to remain in control.
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  4. 14. Sometimes it gives me a good feeling to tell people “the truth”, even in an angry way.
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  5. 15. My partner and I respect each other’s freedom and go our own way a lot.
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  6. 16. I take on a lot of responsibility, but I really dislike it when others don’t take theirs. I resent having to help them out because they screwed up.
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  7. 17. I usually feel more competent than others.
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  8. 18. I get irritated easily when people screw up.
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  9. 19. People tell me that I sometimes give them the feeling of being treated like a child.
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  10. 20. I don’t feel many unpleasant emotions. Just anger and irritation on a regular basis.
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  1. 21. Even though I haven’t accomplished much, I do feel successful in life.
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  2. 22. Everybody likes me, but I also hear quite often that they have a feeling that they don’t really know me.
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  3. 23. My life is usually fine. Not great, but ok.
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  4. 24. I like spending time by myself.
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  5. 25. I don’t seem to have much need for intense emotional stuff, I would rather be doing things.
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  6. 26. I help others out when they ask me, I don’t feel taken advantage of easily.
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  7. 27. I don’t get upset easily. I’m usually even tempered.
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  8. 28. I don’t need much.
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  9. 29. I don’t have (m)any close friends.
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  10. 30. It is hard for me to get in touch with my feelings. I usually feel just ok.
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  1. 31. I usually feel inferior.
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  2. 32. Deep down I have this feeling that I’m just a bad person.
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  3. 33. No matter how successful I am, I still basically feel worthless.
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  4. 34. I often have the sense that I am carrying too much responsibility.
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  5. 35. To be honest I always feel that when people get to know me, they won’t like me. I’m always surprised to find out that they do like me.
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  6. 36. Somehow I don’t feel (worthy to be) loved, not really.
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  7. 37. I have a lot of anxiety and fear inside me.
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  8. 38. I’m afraid that if I go into therapy the therapist will find out that I’m basically no good as a person and let me know.
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  9. 39. I often feel that when things go wrong it is my fault.
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  10. 40. No matter how hard I try, it will just never be good enough.
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  1. 41. I feel anxious if I have to speak in front of a group of people.
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  2. 42. I shudder at the thought of travelling alone.
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  3. 43. I get sudden heart palpitations.
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  4. 44. I regularly break out in a cold sweat.
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  5. 45. I am easily intimidated by people who are quick on the mark
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  6. 46. I have a phobia
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  7. 47. Sometimes I have panic attacks.
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  8. 48. I feel shaky quite often.
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  9. 49. My breathing runs away with me quite quickly.
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  10. 50. I often have diarrhoea.
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  1. It is a good idea to make an estimate of how much you think you use each of the 5 kinds of defence (fear, primary defence, false hope, false power, denial of needs). Rank these 5 defences in terms of how much you use each one, where 1 is the one you use the most, down to 5 – the one you use the least.
  2. False hope:
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  3. False power:
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  4. Denial of needs:
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  5. Primary defence:
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  6. Fear:
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  1. The table below displays your result based on your ratings and your estimates. Print this page to save the result.

  2. Your personal defence profile

        Your Estimation Your Rating
    1. False Hope

    2. False Power

    3. Denial of Needs

    4. Primary Defence

    5. Fear

  3. The highest score will show you the defence you most typically engage in. The lowest one, indicates the defence you engage least in, etc.

    The absolute score tells you something about your level of defensiveness: are you very well defended in general (scores 7,8,9,10), or are you well on your way to relinquishing your defences (scores 1,2,3,4)? The higher your scores, the more often you feel a need to defend yourself. This means that there are still many things that are symbolic for you. Many different situations or people will make you shift consciousness from Adult Consciousness (AC) to Child Consciousness (CC), resulting in your being in CC a lot of the time. In this case, beware of what you think is true about others, yourself, what you need and what is important. After all, when we are in CC or defending against the old pain we cannot trust that our perceptions constitute an accurate representation of the present.

    To test whether you are making progress with your PRI-process, it is advisable that you do this test from time to time and compare the scores.

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