What Can A Morality Test Teach Us?

Medically reviewed by Laura Angers Maddox
Updated February 22, 2024by BetterHelp Editorial Team

Morality tests, often found online, can pique one's curious nature, offering insight into personal morals, personality, and political leanings. These tests may even be able to determine how a person’s moral judgments align with their friends, family, or the general population of their countries. While these tests, like the Moral Foundations Test and the Moral Sense Test, are engaging, it's important to note that they are primarily for entertainment and should not be the sole basis for deciding one's principles. Data from these tests may provide a glimpse into one's moral landscape but should be approached with caution.

If you’re interested in further examining thoughts about morality or ensuring your actions match your morals, you may benefit from online therapy.

What is a morality test?

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Morality can be a tricky concept to define. The concepts of objective morality and subjective morality are often interesting philosophical discussions. The subjectivity of morality and moral dilemmas can vary throughout the world and may change from person to person, culture to culture, and group to group. Even the dictionary definition of morality, “beliefs about right behavior and wrong behavior,” can leave room for interpretation. There are two types of morality according to Nietzsche which are the slave and master morality.

Morals and ethics may also change with time and education. For example, children may grow up around the beliefs of their parents, only to find out later that they were unjust. The same might also be true for what a person learns in school.

A morality test, often taken for amusement, generally doesn't hold the same weight as other tests like those in career or guidance counseling. You're unlikely to encounter a morality test on a public college campus or similar setting. However, both types of tests can exhibit biases, and the outcomes may vary depending on the test's focus. Knowledge of how responses compare when individuals have a similar bias, as well as how bias can affect our morality and ethics, is crucial.

These tests may be free or cost money, depending on which test you choose. In most cases, your scores will be determined by various criteria rather than one singular topic. Some morality tests assess your political leanings or how others might categorize you politically based on certain questions. Others evaluate adherence to societal rules or the extent of your empathy. Some tests may even explore your views on property or legal matters. Rather than labeling you as moral or not, many morality tests aim to survey and classify your morals, values, and ethics.

Here are some examples of online tests that were created to assess morality and how they work.

The Moral Foundations test

There are various places on the web where you can participate in the Moral Foundations Test. This test contains 36 questions. Once you finish answering the test questions and submit your responses, you may see graphs that score how much you align with the following categories based on the creator’s affiliations with said questions:

  • The foundation of care can show how sensitive you are to the humanity of others. In this foundation, the opposite of care is harm. The idea of care in this context is the ability to help those in need, nurture others, and extend compassion.
  • The foundation of care in this quiz can relate to justice, honesty, and reliability. Many people may think of how fair or unfair things may be when they consider or think about ethics.
  • The foundation of loyalty in this quiz can relate to loyalty to traditions and other people. Some people may be loyal to those in their inner circle even when these individuals cause harm. Others may be more apt to stand up for what they feel is right regardless of whether it is traditional or expected based on interpersonal relations.
  • The foundation of authority in this quiz can relate to how likely a person is to base their ethics or morals on following authority.
  • The foundation of purity in this quiz can relate to ideas of sanctity.
  • In this quiz, the foundation of liberty may relate to individuality and autonomy.

As you can see, these concepts in and of themselves can all be subjective. For example, loyalty to you might mean being loyal to your values, whereas to another person, it might mean being loyal to a friend, family, or system, even when they know that it could negatively impact another person. Alternatively, you may view purity as honesty and positive intent. In contrast, this quiz mostly refers to ideas of virtue and ways to morally behave that may be outdated or align with one person but not another.

This test can also let you know if your score aligns most with what might be perceived as a left-liberal, libertarian, or conservative perspective. What you feel you align with most may vary from your results, whether related to your political values or what you feel your ethics are influenced or navigated by.

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The Moral Sense Test(s)

There are six different tests on this website, which can take somewhere from an estimated five to 15 minutes. The morality test specifically is estimated to take about 15 minutes, and it is meant to reflect how you make ethical or moral choices. These tests can be used for research, and they cannot be completed or taken using an iPhone or iPad, so if you want to use one of the tests on this site, you will likely have to take it on your desktop or laptop computer.

What can a morality test teach us?

Much like other online tests, a morality test can be entertaining, but does it provide us with anything beyond that? Here are two things a morality test might offer:

  • Entertainment and engagement: There's no harm in taking a test purely for fun. Many tests used in the workplace, therapeutic settings, or university environments, like the Myers-Briggs test, are also available online for enjoyment. While not a morality test, such assessments can aid in self-exploration.
  • Self-reflection: Certain morality test questions may prompt introspection. A morality test may be biased and shouldn't determine factors of your moral standing, but it can serve as an exercise to connect with your true personal values. Use it as an opportunity to reflect on your beliefs and consider how they align with the norms of your country or the broader understanding of the science of ethics.

In most cases, it may be best not to take these tests too seriously. That said, there is likely no harm in taking one out of curiosity, especially if you use critical thinking skills while doing it and are mindful of the ways that these tests may be biased or outdated. You might keep in mind that even scientific research can be heavily biased based on the person conducting it. Your question now may be how to address or think about morality in our personal lives, absent of a quiz or other people’s ideas.

If you’re interested in exploring your ideas about morality, you may ask yourself the following questions.

  • What does morality mean to me?
  • What influences my ideas about morality? Is that something I am happy with, or is it something I want to change?
  • How can I act in a way that aligns with my morals? Are there times when I struggle to do so?

Many people want to be the best person they can be, and thinking about these questions may help guide you. If you find that your actions don’t align with your morals or you’re having trouble asserting yourself in ways that relate to your morals, a counselor or therapist may help.

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Online therapy may help you examine questions about morality

Therapy may give you the opportunity to discuss morality more deeply. If you’d prefer to attend your sessions from home to make the process more convenient, then you may wish to consider online therapy.

Cognitive-behavioral therapy, or CBT, can often be used to examine thought patterns and adjust emotions and behaviors. If you’re interested in changing your actions to match your morals, CBT may be used. According to this study, internet-administered CBT can be effective and have lasting benefits.

Takeaway

Online morality tests may provide some insight into your political leanings or personal morals and ethics, but they are typically meant to be taken lightly rather than relied on for unbiased information. You might take the Moral Sense Test or the Moral Foundations Test if you’re interested in morality tests. However, if you’d prefer to explore questions of morality with a licensed professional, online therapy may be a better option.

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