Emotional Baggage


We offer this quiz as a gift of knowledge and compassion, based on the extensive research of the Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACE) study and Sah D'Simone's expertise in the field of healing trauma.

Our intention is that this questionnaire deepens your understanding of how unprocessed trauma may be impacting your life, and provide a gentle nudge in the direction of self-awareness and healing.

Because intergenerational unprocessed emotions and unhealed childhood trauma are scientifically linked to psychological and physical health issues, we believe that raising awareness about this connection is essential for promoting healing and wellness.

It should take you roughly 4-8 minutes to complete this quiz. Consider this time a valuable investment in your future. These 53 questions and your results are our offering to you, as a gentle invitation and gateway toward greater self-awareness, compassion, and healing.

Disclaimer: Please note that this quiz is not intended to replace clinical diagnosis or medical advice. If you feel that you may benefit from professional help, we encourage you to seek support from a trained professional.

Trigger warning: This quiz involves deeply personal questions that are designed to address uncomfortable or traumatic memories. Please proceed at your own risk.

All your answers are confidential

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Did you have consistent access to resources such as medical care, healthy food, and safe housing?

Did you experience any bullying?

Did you have a family member who was incarcerated or in jail during your childhood?

Did you experience any traumatic events such as accidents, natural disasters, or serious illnesses during your childhood?

Were your parents ever separated or divorced?

Did you witness domestic violence in your childhood home?

Did you often feel that no one in your family loved you or thought you were important or special?

Did you feel that your family didn’t look out for each other, feel close to each other, or support each other?

Did someone you live with struggle with alcohol or drugs during your childhood?

Was a household member depressed or mentally ill or did a household member attempt suicide?

Did you frequently experience hunger and lack of basic necessities such as clean clothes?

Were your caregivers often too intoxicated to take care of you or take you to the doctor when needed?

Have you ever been pushed, grabbed, slapped, or had something thrown at you by a parent or other adult in your household?

Have you ever been hit so hard by a parent or other adult in your household that you had marks or were injured?

Did a parent or other adult in your household ever swear at you, insult you, or put you down?

During your childhood, did someone in your life ever touch or fondle your body in a sexual way, or try to have oral, anal, or vaginal sex with you?

Do you feel like you carry anger and resentment, and have a hard time letting go?

Are you able to express your emotions freely, rather than suppressing them?

Do you engage in any unhealthy coping mechanisms, such as substance abuse or overeating?

Do you feel weighed down by feelings of shame and guilt?

How often do you dwell on past mistakes or regrets?

Do past mistakes negatively impact your perception of yourself?

Are you able to accept negative criticism without letting it bring you down, and instead, let it teach you something?

Are you comfortable asking for forgiveness from others?

Are you comfortable forgiving yourself?

Do you have coping skills that help you manage your emotions when faced with loss or unwanted change?

How often do you feel angry or irritable?

Do you feel like your emotional state impacts the quality of your sleep?

Do you feel nervous or on edge?

Do you feel sad or hopeless?

Do you feel confident in yourself and your abilities?

Do fears of rejection or abandonment affect your actions or relationships?

Do you feel able to cope with situations that make you uncomfortable?

Do situations that bring up negative memories ruin your day?

Do you feel like you have a good relationship with your body?

Do you often feel disconnected from the present moment due to thoughts about the past or future?

Is trust something you struggle with in your life?

Are you a chronic multitasker?

Do you feel satisfied with the depth and authenticity of your relationships?

Do you struggle with perfectionism and unrealistic high standards?

Do you struggle to say "no" to people in positions of authority? (ex. boss, teacher, parent, partner)

Do you often ignore your own needs or wants in order to please others?

Do you find yourself making excuses for people who violate your boundaries?

Do you struggle to forgive those who have hurt you?

Have any of your family members been refugees?

Have any of your family members been forced to move from one place to another due to political, economic, or environmental factors?

Were any of your ancestors themselves enslaved or otherwise impacted by slavery?

Have you or your family members ever been affected by a genocide?

Did anyone in your family history serve in the military during a war?

Has war affected you or your family’s lives, even if you/they didn't serve in the military?

Did any of your family members ever experience poverty during their lifetime?

In your family history, are you aware of any instances of sexual assault or unwanted sexual contact?

Have physical illnesses affected your relatives? (Including illnesses such as cancer, heart disease, diabetes, and other chronic diseases.)

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