Minnesota Multiphasic Personality Inventory (MMPI)

The Minnesota Multiphasic Personality Inventory (MMPI) is one of the most frequently used clinical assessment tests used by mental health professionals to diagnosis and treat mental illness. It contains 567 questions and takes approximately 60-90 minutes to complete. It is designed to be taken by individuals age 18 and older.

The MMPI should be given, scored and interpreted by a psychologist or psychiatrist who has been specifically trained in using the tool. It should be used along with other assessments to diagnose patients.

Areas that the MMPI attempts to measure include:

  • Concern with physical symptoms
  • Symptoms of depression
  • Awareness of problems
  • Conflict, struggle or anger
  • Stereotypical masculine or feminine behaviors
  • Trust, suspiciousness or sensitivity
  • Worry, anxiety and obsessiveness
  • Odd thinking and social alienation
  • Level of excitability
  • Social interaction