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But why are you lazy?

Just-for-fun psychological tests on Queendom.com might reveal your inner ... whatever.

August 07, 2003|Susan Carpenter | Times Staff Writer

Have you ever felt alone? Do you sometimes think no one understands you? Have you ever thought you were a little, well, crazy?

Do you have Internet access? If so, you might want to log on to Queendom.com, a Web site that offers hundreds of psychological tests, the results of which will either confirm or dispel your worst fears.

Have you ever called directory information from the living room to avoid getting the phone book from the kitchen? You probably should take the couch potato test. When walking past large plate-glass windows, do you check your reflection? You might want to use the egomaniac test.

Did you change your plans after reading today's horoscope? You could be a tad superstitious, but you'd better take the quiz to be sure.

"People just like to learn about themselves," said Queendom founder Ilona Jerabek, who has a doctorate in psychology from McGill University in Montreal, where the site is based. "They want to know how they appear from an objective point of view."

The site, which claims to be the world's largest testing center, offers 109 just-for-fun tests and 93 serious psychological tests, as well as 227 mind games and quizzes. Jerabek said Queendom has administered 270 million psychological assessments in nine different languages since 1996, when she started the service.

Queendom wasn't always about tests. It started as a software development company for Cyclick, a menstrual calendar and planner.

The psychological assessments were just a promotional tool to drive traffic to the site. Although visitors loved the tests, they didn't buy the software. Thus Queendom.com was born.

Of the 1.5 million people who use the site each month, many should consider taking the Internet addict test. If they bomb but keep coming back for more, perhaps they should take the self-esteem test.

Or maybe they should stop taking the quizzes altogether and go to the site's "advice and help" section, where they can consult with a counselor. If real psychotherapy is too large a leap, there are discussion boards where users can commiserate with each other about similar psychological woes.

If you haven't detected problems yet, you will. Just keep checking the site, which adds about two tests each month.

The latest topics: honesty, self-control and management skills. On the docket: social skills, listening skills and stress levels.

Despite the site's abundance of tests, Jerabek said she isn't afraid she'll run out of subjects.

"There are so many aspects to the human psyche," she said. "Perhaps after a few more years, but at this point we still have plenty of tests to develop."

If you find yourself visiting the site again and again, you might want to shoot Jerabek an e-mail and ask her to develop a new test: Are you a Queendom.com junkie?

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Are you a couch potato?

You might be one if you've ever mistaken your remote control for a cellphone or suffered separation anxiety from your television.

Find out for sure by taking Queendom.com's Couch Potato Test:

You're at home and the Yellow Pages are in another room. Do you call 411 for a phone number?

Do you ever spend the whole day on the couch watching TV when you aren't sick?

Have you ever watched an exercise show without exercising?

Are any of the cushions on your couch severely worn in?

Are you on a first-name basis with any of your takeout-delivery people?

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